Overlooking beautiful Isabella Lake, this U.S. Forest Service visitor center (located at 4875 Ponderosa Dr,. Lake Isabella, CA 93240) provides mutliple functions to the public. It is open seven days a week from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. We offer visitors information on hiking, biking, rafting, camping and other recreational opportunities in the Sequoia National Forest and surrounding areas of the Southern Sierra Nevada. We provide visitors with various passes and permits. Campfire, Wilderness and Rafting permits are provided free of charge. You can purchase a wood cutting permit for $10 per cord with a minimum of two cords.
We sell the America the Beautiful passes. These passes are offered free of charge to persons with disabilities. People 62 years of age or older can purchase these passes for a onetime fee of $10. The Annual pass is available for $80 and is good for one year from the date of purchase. There is a gift shop where visitors can purchase books, maps, T-shirts, hats and other items. Stop by and visit us before heading out for your adventure in the Forest.
Visitors can stop by to get directions, ask question, and get a free campfire permit. This is also a great place to stop and shop for Smokey Bear and other Forest Service momentos.
A display board and other interpretive materials allow visitors to learn more about the Kern River Ranger District and its programs. One wall contains displays and descriptions of some of the local wildlife. Visitors can also persue the carousel of "One-pagers", that describe recreation opportunities in the area.
Contact the friendly ranger at (760) 379-5646 if you have any questions!