Alert:

In accordance with the intermittent EMERGENCY CLOSURE, parts of the Keysville Special Recreation Management Area will be closed from 3:30 to 5:30 PM on March 4, March 9, March 12, March 16, and March 17, 2021. In addition, there will be road closures on March 3, March 5, March 10, March, and March 19, 2021. 

Keysville Special Recreation Management Area

Phone:
Address:

Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office Bakersfield, CA 93308

Latitude/Longitude:
35.63329167, -118.4950611
Directions:
From the junction of CA-178 and CA-155 at the town of Lake Isabella, take exit 155 onto CA-155. Keysville South entrance (for camping and river access) is approximately 0.6 miles from this junction on the left (west) side of the road befpor crossing the Kern River. Keysville North entrance (for camping, OHV, and other trail use) is on the left another 0.4 miles down highway 155, just past the bridge across the Kern River.
AUTO TOURING
BIKING
CAMPING
FISHING
HIKING
HORSEBACK RIDING
HUNTING
WATER SPORTS
WILDLIFE VIEWING
PHOTOGRAPHY
OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE

Keysville Special Recreation Management Area

Overview

Keysville (formerly Keyesville) is a historic mining area that offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Set in rolling terrain amidst a blue oak and foothill pine woodland, Keysville is dissected by the lower Kern River. A little exploration can turn up a wealth of historic resources, including a variety of mining structures and features, a historic fort, and the famous Walker Cabin. Keysville offers commercial and noncommercial white-water rafting opportunities as well as fishing, recreational gold panning, and dispersed camping. A network of over seventy miles of trails provides for mountain biking, equestrian, and motorized recreation use.

All motorized use is limited to designated roads and trails. For a map of Keysville area designated routes, see https://www.blm.gov/documents/california/public-room/map/keysville-recreation-management-area.

Attention: Swimming in the area is discouraged. Use extreme caution around the river's edge and ALWAYS use a life jacket when boating.

Last Updated 6/15/2020