The idea of charging $5 a night per pet is somewhat ridiculous as our pets never leave our campsite and we pick up after them. I would give much higher grades if the management were not so adamant about gouging us for having a pet. If they want $50 a night they should charge that - the $42 price is misleading. Otherwise everything worked. We camped here in a Motorhome.
What a great place to camp. We stayed in the full hook up site #8 and could see the Kern River and also hear it. Now they have cable TV. Great Wi-Fi and lots of quiet. This campground is close to town and we went and ate the first night at a lovely Italian restaurant. Will return this spring. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We booked a site by phone after checking the camp ground layout on their internet site. We wanted a site by the river but there were none available. So we chose a site near a creek because we wanted very much to be by some water during the hot summer days. When we arrived it turned out that the creek has been dry for a number of years and no one had bothered to change the campground map by erasing the blue colored creek flowing by the sites. We felt that we had been misled. In general the place is very clean and well maintained. However the Wi-Fi was very weak. We stayed for 4 nights. On the last day the manager did make an effort and moved us to a riverside site, which was very nice. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The riverfront sites are nice and the campground is clean. The manager is a nuisance. She patrols, and there were many campsites she had her issues with. She enforced a one car per site rule to the extreme, the only rule that is not in the numerous pamphlets of campground regulations. Our party had nine people registered for the fishing derby. When we would return to camp, she was there in two minutes chasing out a second car that was simply dropping off our float tubes and fishing gear. After this happened more than once, she banged on our neighbor's trailer, and actually told them they could pack up and get the 'blank' out. This campground has excessive rules, and includes the suggestion to put a bark control collar on your dog if you think they will make noise. The one to wear the bark control collar should be the manager. We will not return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Price is approximated. Very nice campground. We will definitely return. The park is on the Kern River, and many spots have the perfect view and sound. There is also a stream running through the park, so if you don't luck out with a "river view" the creek will do fine. Nice shade trees, quiet surroundings. Suggestions to the management: (1) Add an off leash dog area to exercise the furry kids. My dog has a lot of energy and a long-term stay would be better if I could tucker him out a bit; and (2) Thank you for the wi-fi but if you could do something to de-bug it, that would be great. I had to reboot my computer several times for it to work, and the wi-fi itself is very slow. I need internet for work, and it was near impossible to do so during my stay. The hosts and maintenance people are friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this park and will happily return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
My Dad has lived in Kernville for many years, we have visited many times but this was our first time camping here. Wow! have we missed out. We camp regularly and I have to say, Camp James is one of the nicest campgrounds we've been to. Lots of shade, easy access to the river (and Sequoia National Park), clean bathrooms, easy parking for large trailers, and a very helpful staff. Thanks. We'll be back! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was a lovely park. We were right on the river, space 86. There is lots of shade, which is good for our vintage travel trailer. The staff was helpful and friendly. The grounds are well maintained and landscaped. There was a gardener working every day. The ground itself is dirt, but the speed limit of 5 MPH keeps the dust down. Most people camping there were friendly, but occasionally people would ask to enter our campsite to take pictures of their friends rafting on the river, even though there is river access open to everyone just a few feet away. Kind of rude. But overall very nice, except the Wifi which never did work with my MacBook. I liked the quiet at night, with the sound of the river 24 hours. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 1 / 10 ]
We never got a chance to camp here but we were charged for it! Horrible customer service. Due to the weather and the fact we have 2 small children and an infant, we tried calling to change the date. We were willing to pay cancellation fees or any other fee due to the change. The campground (which is family owed) was unable to make any arrangements. They refused to change our date and charged our credit card the full amount of $70.00. I have camped at alot of places and never have been so disappointed. They clearly do not care about their customers and only want there money. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
[ 6 / 10 ]
We had a great spot right on the river and were able to float off down the Kern right from our campsite. The spots next to the water have no sewer hook-ups, just water and electricity, so be warned! They didn't tell us that when we booked it. They do have sewer hook-up sites, but they are in the least-desired part of the campground. It's small and hardly much room to bike ride, if you like to do that as a family, like we do. I was a little bored with not much to do, but it was a shady place and very quiet. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped here for 4 days on a site right on the Kern River. The park is well maintained, but the sites are all dirt and quite dusty. The close proximity to Kernville means that resupply for those forgotten items is simple. Caution for low overhanging branches and tree limbs. While they advertise 50A service, the truth of the matter is that only a few are. The balance are 30A, so be sure to ask when making your reservations. Same goes for the cable TV; only certain sites (I believe it's the same as the 50A one) have hook-ups. Be advised that this park is very intolerant of any noise, and the staff will evict violators without hesitation. My family enjoys this park very much and we'll definitely be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Campground is next to the Rivernook. It is a smaller CG. The hosts are awesome. Some sites have 50 amp & cable TV hookup. Tent campers are allowed to use the same spots as RVers. Only a few spots are large enough for 35 to 40 foot motorhomes or 5th wheel, be specific when you call. Good rules regarding playing of music & barking dogs. We took our dogs & there were no issues. We will definitely be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We visited here in the summer 2014 with our kids and dogs and had a great time. They allow tent camping on the sites and charge for a lot of extras so you should review their website for more information. Sites are generally small and close to each other on gravel and dirt. Staff was helpful when we were booking the site and while there. There can be a party atmosphere but fortunately many families were camping this weekend. The private area of the river isn't very long but it is a smaller campground. We visited this area for the river and had a great time all along areas of the river with our inflatables. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A nice place along the river and close to town. The showers where old and in need of upgrade, the trash cans where all over-flowing and not monitored. Understaffed!! Looks to be a party campground along the river, good if your into that. Super dog friendly. Would I stay there again? No. Expensive for what you get. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great state campground. We stayed right on the river. Almost everyone in the park was fishing. The site was level and right next to a sandy beach on the river. If you want a resort not the place to stay. I you like piece and quiet and nice scenery then it is the place to stay. We are going to make it our Thanksgiving campgrounds. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I love the Kern River: but this was a horrible experience. There was a "camp host" who never left their own trailer. There was a group partying ALL NIGHT with a generator and very loud music, yelling, fighting, etc. No one did a thing about it, and we didn't get any sleep at all. That aside, the only really shady spots are right on the river. Right around spot 21 is nice. But the river is great. I won't tent camp here again. Definitely bringing the trailer next time. We camped here in a Tent.
Great riverside camping but...Young guys now running the park, heavy on ridiculous rules, bathrooms are run down and not regularly cleaned. Stayed for five days and urinals never cleaned. Sites are not cleaned after people leave. I found the management very evasive in answering questions. Only 10 sites occupied out of several hundred (there's a reason) . We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice park, appears to be an older one, some full time residences. The park was quiet, and situated North of town approximately 2 miles to town center. The restrooms were in need of some general repair. They were clean, but fixtures were old. The sites were large and shaded. There are several sites adjacent to river or close by. River sites will require some advance planning. They charge you a daily $5 pet fee which I thought was excessive, since the pet station area wasn't kept stocked. Couple fish cleaning stations available. Cable TV requires their receiver box. No deposit required, make sure you return. It may require assistance from staff to hookup to RV, some different from others. I will definitely return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great park and a great location! Only seconds from town. We stayed at a full hook up spot. Would have given a 10 except that we were sewer challenged with a VERY small sewer hole. There was a larger one available. but it was so far above the level of the rig that you had to play with the hose. Because of the time of year, there were very few other campers here so we had the run of the place. Very clean and very nicely kept park. We WILL be coming back! The cable TV thing was a non-issue. If you don't give back their equipment, they will charge your card, so: give it back! Also of note: we have Verizon and although the voice coverage was shaky, the data coverage worked well enough. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
No motorcycles allowed at all. This we did not realize and as it is our chosen mode of transport, on-road/off road when we park our motorhome: so no riding for us! It seems other parks in the area are the same, so check ahead. An ok river site. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I camped here during the 4th of July weekend: my first time here with family and friends. It was one of the best campgrounds that we've been to. The office people were very friendly and extremely helpful. There was plenty to do. We will be back in the future. We camped here in a Tent.
We loved the Rivernook and Kernville. Stayed here twice, once in the pull through site, and the other on the river with water, electric and no sewer. Both are great!! Staff was great: helped us cut a lock off the trailer that we lost the key. We will come back again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I did a LOT of research before coming to this area, and I can honestly say that Rivernook is EXCELLENT. Very clean, large area, well maintained, beautiful setting. I can not imagine how it could be improved, and I usually find flaws with most things. The river-front sites have partial hook-ups, everything but sewer, but the dump station is quite close and easy to get to; it must have something to do with building codes as the other sites further from the river have full hook-ups, but you really want to stay next to the river It's not that loud, and it's fun. Rivernook is immediately next to another camp, which appears to have the identical but much smaller setting. Both RV parks are close to town, you can apparently get a cab ride for just $1 or it's an easy bike ride or even walk into town. A market is close by too; any other RV or camping site would put you miles further from town. The town is cute and has a few restaurants; plan on spending 1/2 day there. You can also walk to the fish hatchery from the RV park as well. Everyone had a great time and already want to re-book and make this an annual trip. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great family park! Water everywhere. On Kern River, creeks running through all over the 66 acre park! Ducks, deer and raccoons everywhere. Most all sites are very roomy. Hard to find these days. Kids can ride bikes, great place to walk too. Go, you'll love it. Bathrooms need to be remodeled. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I've been to Rivernook campground 3 times now. We found it by driving to Kernville, and looking at Camp James which is right next door. Coming from Los Angeles, we cannot leave until after work on Fridays. Camp James said they could not allow late arrivals, but we could come on Saturday. Rivernook said if we make it up there by 10:00 PM, they could accommodate, so we did, and have been camping there ever since. Rivernook is a campground with pea gravel roads, very clean restrooms and some of beautiful scenery. We prefer camping on the river's edge. However one of my guests said they had a hard time sleeping because of the noise from the river - I fell asleep like a baby. The noise from the river did drown out a party that was taking place in the spot right next to us. Later that evening the management asked the people to turn off their music and quiet down. One other note, the sites on the river do not have sewer hook-ups. If you need sewer hook-ups there are plenty of spots throughout the campground that have sewer and are right by the trout creeks that flow through the campground. There are also spots with no water near them if you have concerns about your toddlers. If you need cable TV note there is a $200 deposit on a converter box. You will get that deposit back once the box has been returned. The management has told us how frustrated they are about having to do that, but the box is mandated by the local cable company. My suggestion is to get out of the RV, and watch all of the people rafting on the river - there are no commercials this way. We camped here in a Motorhome.
When we called to make our reservations at the campground they told us we could only make our reservation 5 days in advance. We were a little worried about that because we had 6 families that wanted to camp together but were assured that nobody else would be able to make a reservation that far in advance either. We called 7 days before we were ready to leave just to make sure of the date we could call and were informed that we should have been able to make our reservation when we called the first time because they had made an exception to the rule because there was a fishing derby going on at Lake Isabella and now there was no way to get all of us together. Also while staying at the campground the staff was very rude. We had a dog barking outside all night the first night we were there and went to complain, we asked to move and they would not move us to another spot. At that time they told us they were going to make the people with the barking dog leave and they never did. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
[ 8 / 10 ]
We enjoyed a week's stay here. Definitely a campground and not an RV Park. Dirt roads and dirt site. Must be a mess when it rains, but we had good weather. Pull-through site was level and long; no problem with tree branches or getting the rig or out. Lots of wildlife. We had raccoons climbing on the truck over-night. One morning about 8 deer came through our site. Used the site fire ring a few times after sunset. Only complaint would be that there were not enough nearby trash cans for pet owners. Office staff very friendly and helpful. We will look forward to staying here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 9 / 10 ]
A very pretty campground with sites directly on the Kern River, streams running between the rows of campsites, leaves turning, and the mountains rising dramatically up on all sides. Although we booked late and could only get one of the sites near the entrance, the campground was quiet and we enjoyed our stay. The bathrooms were relatively clean but the counters should have been wiped down, and one of the toilets was leaking water. The showers were clean and the water was hot. We will definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We always came to Rivernook, but the last year the park has gone straight down hill. Dirty restrooms, trash, loud music, heavy alcohol use. Even the park employees don't pay attention to the rules. If I want dirt, trash, loud drunk people I can stay at any of the public parks. I have stayed here several times this year, each time thinking it would be better next time, instead it got worse. I believe they have a new management and park personnel so they just don't care anymore. I would not recommend this park We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Wow! Nice setting! Creek view or river view you can't go wrong! Staff was very friendly. Would get a better rating but the showers and restrooms were a bit run down. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Three families spent New Years for the last two years. We stayed in sites away from the river due to the cold weather. Our sites did not include sewer, so at the end of a 6 day stay, we were at capacity on black water. The restrooms are fine, but no heat. The river is great, and lots of room between sites. We stayed at site 58-60. Deer and wildlife come through the site. Sites are dirt, but lots of room between campers. Nice small town of Kernville nearby. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
It was full of campers, the week we were there. We had a pull through site with full hook ups, including cable t.v.. The campground was quiet and the access to the Kern River was nothing short of awesome. Views were good, the fishing fair at best. The restrooms and showers were clean. The staff were not the most friendly, or helpful. With that said, we would still return again. We stayed for a week. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
[ 6 / 10 ]
This park is located right on the Kern River in Kernville, so it's attraction is the river setting not neccessarily the campground, and this is a campground, not an RV park. It has many riverfront sites, tent and RV as well. The riverfront sites only offer water and electric which was fine with us as we were only there for a long weekend. There are full hookup sites a little farther up from the river which do offer sewer and TV as well. There are many fulltime residents in this park, but they are located in another section of this 60 acre facility. The rest rooms were not extremely dirty though I would not consider them clean, and they were more similiar to a National Park style restroom/shower facility. $25 was for the water/elec sites. The full hook-up sites are $28. But, for the river setting, I would stay here again, just for that reason. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.