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) .
This as a recreational area where you're allowed to camp on the lake shore. We arrived on a Wednesday and it was fine but by the weekend we had campers stacking up 3 to 5 vehicles deep along the shore with no regard for our site. There was no one there to control this area. We left to site see one day, when we returned around 3 o'clock we had people setting up camp in our site and trailers blocking us in so we couldn't leave if we needed. One guy said he got land locked for 3 days one time.
This campground is OK for a couple adults. The view is fantastic but the sites are small and you're camping on the side of a highway. There's also railroad tracks across the road but the sound of the waves drown out the noise from the trains and highway. There's too much traffic on the highway for me to be comfortable with kids in our site. We enjoyed our stay and will return because it's close to home.
Lake Casitas was the first place we camped in our fifth wheel trailer (3 years ago). We've been back three times and have to say the staff has always been friendly and helpful, the sites are well maintained, and the bathrooms always clean. A very family friendly atmosphere with lots to do for kids.
This was a very nice park: lots of shade, clean bathrooms, heated pool, laundry and full hookups. The staff was extremely helpful: escorted us to our site and helped guide me in. I didn't care for the location of the site they first reserved for me; they had no problem changing it for me. You should definitely follow the driving directions on their website if you have a bigger rig. I didn't give this site a ten because I like campgrounds a little further away from civilization and the sites were too close together for me. But it is a very well kept CG and very friendly staff.
I feel reluctant to brag about this CG only because it'll let more people know about this gem on the coast. It could be hard to get a site in the summer because they don't accept resevations. We dry camped here in our 5th wheel so we could have a beach front site but there are hook ups in other parts of the CG. Weather was fantastic and the staff was great. If you make it here, don't forget to try a Jalama Burger at the Jalama Grill. We can't wait to come back.
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!