Corral Creek Lodge

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Corral Creek Lodge

Things To Do and See

Spring is Here! Beautiful weather, wildflowers, the river...
Stay with us and visit the Giant Sequoia Trees, walk the Trail of 100 Giants!

Our contributor, Susan Harper, has generously provided us with an article about mountain biking in the Forest

Trail of 100 Giants Ancient Sequoia Trees (OPEN)
Many of our guests stay with us on their way to visit the famous and magnificent sequioa trees and walk the Trail of 100 Giants.  We are the closest place to the Trees where you can stay in comfort - it's about a 25 mile drive on good paved road through beautiful forest - see the map below.  You'll be glad you made the trip, you have to see these trees yourself to feel their enormous size and presence.
Map to Trail of 100 GiantsBig Trees

What do you want to do today?
We are located on an inholding of private land surrounded by the Sequoia National Forest. The opportunities for outdoor recreation include hiking, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, river rafting, rock climbing and more. Make us your staging spot for a trip into the Golden Trout or Domelands Wilderness areas.

The Southern Sierra High Country is easily accessible from our location, and offers great opportunities for interacting with nature on your own terms.  I have always been amazed at how few people use the HIgh Country part of the Forest, you can be up there on a weekend afternoon in midsummer and see perhaps three other cars all day. This part of the Forest offers logging roads for 4-wheeling, meadows, small streams for fishing, lots of trails for horsemen, hkers, and mountain bikers.  Some trails are approved for off-road motorcycles (though you should always check for which trails are open and for what kind of use, Forest management plans do change).

Camping in the Forest. The Forest has many unimproved campsites and a few developed campgrounds. When the Western Divide Highway is open (summer and fall), you can easily visit the Freeman Giant Sequoia grove, now a part of the Giant Sequoia National Monument, which is only 25 miles away - a must see! 

For a taste of local Kern River Valley culture, nearby Kernville features interesting stores and restaurants, and hosts special events throughout the year. We feature upcoming events on our Home page and listed above.

Most visitors come in spring or summer, but consider visiting us in winter too, when you can enjoy many of the same activities - including fishing in the Kern River, which stays open all year - plus have access to cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the high country. There is so much to do, you may need to plan a return visit!

Fishing Information
Fishing water

Regulations: This segment of the Kern River between Lake Isabella and the Johnsondale Bridge is open year around. The daily bag limit is 5 fish, with a possession limit of 10. Check regulations at the California Department of Fish and Game website. Access to the river area is from Mountain Highway 99 above Kernville. This part of the North Fork Kern River is stocked by the California Department of Fish and Game with introduced rainbow trout year-round and there are also self-sustaining populations of this fish species present. The river just above Isabella also has an established population of introduced smallmouth bass.

Anglers will find a wide variety of fishing opportunities ranging from large rivers, to small creeks, to Lake Isabella. In all, the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument has more than 700 miles of fishable streams containing trout.

Portions of the Kings, Tule, and Kern Rivers flow through deep canyons as they cross the Forest, but don't overlook our numerous smaller creeks that also provide fishing opportunities. The Forest and Monument provide cold water angling for rainbow trout, brown trout, and eastern brook trout. The spectacular golden trout also reside in streams on the Kern Plateau.

Lake Isabella is a 17 square mile reservoir that provides both warm and cold water fisheries for a multitude of fish species. The reservoir is a popular destination for anglers seeking largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, sunfish, catfish, rainbow trout, and has even been stocked with Chinook salmon.

Anglers 16 years and older must have a fishing license (except for Free Fishing Days). Always check California Department of Fish and Game regulations prior to fishing.

Hunting Information

Hunting is allowed on Forest Service land inside Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument. All hunters must be licensed with the California Department of Fish and Game and also possess a license tag when hunting deer and other big game.

A few things for hunters and others to know:
  • California does not have a blaze orange law. But if you will be hiking during hunting season (typically during the fall months) please consider wearing something bright orange for safety! Also, staying on trails or on roads and hiking with a partner are wise decisions.
  • Hunting is not allowed in neighboring Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Make sure you have a good map of the area!
  • It is illegal to shoot from a road, across a road, across a body of water, within 150 yards of a campground or other structure or occupied area, or if endangering any person or property.
  • Hunting and shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset (exception: upland game bird hunting ends at sunset)
  • Deer meat cannot be wasted - report an incident if you see deer being abandoned or dumped. Hunters cannot sell the game they shoot.
  • Baiting is illegal (i.e. laying salt blocks; leaving food stations, etc.)
  • If you are camping outside a developed campground you will be required to have a campfire permit in order to have a campfire or charcoal BBQ. They can be picked up free of charge from any Forest Service, California Department of Forestry (CDF), or Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office.