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Old 08-24-2006, 11:09 AM   #71
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There are some Oxbows that yield good German Brown Trout and Rainbows. I've also caught some nice Bass during the summer. This is BLM land and has range cattle from time to time. You will also feel like you are in a Walt Disney movie. There is a lot of wild life like Coyotes, Dear, Beaver, etc. there.
Thank you, thank you.

I live near Lake Isabella and the Kern River. Both are always crowded.
I have been wondering were to go this weekend with one of my grandsons. I am learning to fly fish and this sounds like the perfect place.
Now that I have a Burro I am going to do much more camping as my little Toyota P U is much less expensive to drive than my F-250 4X4.
Big Pine is only about 150 miles from my home. I will not have to hear to many are we there yets from an 8 y o.
I promise to keep your secret.
John Perry

P.S. Are there any ATV trails in the area that you know of for quad runners?
Hi John,
Growing up in and around the Kern River Valley and still having family in the area, I do a lot of camping there. Have you tried any of the campgrounds, or better yet, many of the free boondocking sites around all the meadows above the trail of the giants? You can enjoy everything from tame (quaking aspen) to remote if you are willing to head down a few miles of dirt road. Lots of creeks. And of course, trails in to the Golden Trout Wilderness. Some marked and some not marked at all. Also some areas in the Domeland Wilderness that the Manter fire missed is still interesting. Good Luck, and enjoy the southern Sierra...
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Old 08-24-2006, 09:15 PM   #72
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We just got back from Spicer Reservoir near Bear Valley Ca. We took a side trip to Highland Lakes (two small lakes at about 8600 ft) a little tough to get to (7.5 miles on a unpaved road) but real nice


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Old 08-24-2006, 09:45 PM   #73
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[quote]We just got back from Spicer Reservoir near Bear Valley Ca. We took a side trip to Highland Lakes (two small lakes at about 8600 ft) a little tough to get to (7.5 miles on a unpaved road) but real nice

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I found Bear Valley, CA on Calif. State Hwy 4 and Highland Lakes Rd. but could not see any lakes or reservoirs. Are they on or near Highland Lakes Rd.?
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Old 08-25-2006, 07:47 AM   #74
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My favorite CA Campground.

http://search.parks.ca.gov/cgi-bin/MsmGo.e...word=trees+big+

Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold CA
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Good morning Dale,
About 2 weeks ago I camped at the Peppermint Campgroud with my 8 year old grandson. It is north and a little east of Johnsondale on the edge of the burn area.
You are right about wildlife, I had a small bear stareing at me while I was reading at the picnic table late at night.
I have not done much camping this summer. Now that I have the Burro I will do much more. I have been rebuilding the engine in my F-250. It will be my last domestic vehicle.
I bought a Toyota Tacoma to replace my last small PU that I gave to my oldest grandson. It was a 76 Toyota with almost 400,000 miles on it and all original, never a problem.
The area above the trail of the giants is on my list of areas to explore. Next week I am going after some German Browns.
I am a boondocker at heart so I will be going down those dirt roads that you mentioned.

Thanks for the suggestions,
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:42 PM   #76
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I found Bear Valley, CA on Calif. State Hwy 4 and Highland Lakes Rd. but could not see any lakes or reservoirs. Are they on or near Highland Lakes Rd.?
Here is a link to some of the campgrounds in the area

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/stanislaus/calaver...ing/index.shtml

Calaveras Big Trees is off of Hwy 4 also and we have stayed there many times very nice showers ect.. , but you may need reservsations there for the weekend they are busy all the time.

Wa Ka Luu Hep Yoo is nice too and is first come, first serve, right on the river and also has showers .
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Old 09-02-2006, 05:34 PM   #77
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Drive up US 395 to Big Pine. Drive past 5 miles to Collins Road. Turn right and drive to the end, which is at the Owens River. I like to turn left at the river and drive along the river until I fine a secluded spot along the river.
Don't do what I did. Check with the poster on these old posts and see if they have been their lately. I drove 4 hours yesterday to find the entire Owens River is now closed to camping.
The trip was not a loss however. I took the Kennedy Meadows turn off on Hiway 395 and cut over on the Sherman Pass road to come home. It is a beautifu drive with elavations close to 9000 feet. I have been wanting to make this drive for quite a while. I can guarantee that there is not one vacant campsite in the Central Sierras today. I did find some nice camping/fishing areas that I will go back to in the near future.

I hope you are all enjoying your long labor day weekend,

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Old 09-03-2006, 09:39 AM   #78
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By closed, do you mean full-up with campers, or closed as in shutdown for other reasons?
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By closed, do you mean full-up with campers, or closed as in shutdown for other reasons?

The river is posted, "No Camping", from Big Pine to Bishop. Most of the land adjoining the river is owned by the Los Angles Water and Power District. LA Water and Power is one of the largest land owners in the Owens Valley.
I could not even find a pay camp site on the river. I checked with some locals and they did not know of any camping spots on the river.
I was looking forward to wading in those oxbows and catching some nice fish. I need a lot of room as I am just learning to fly fish.
I guess I can practice in the Upper Kern River. After this weekend I doubt that there will be any fish left in the river.
I came down the Upper Kern Canyon on the way home and every flat spot was covered with what looked like mult colored mushrooms, small dome tents.
If anyone knows of some good river fishing that is out of the way in California let me know please.
I had grandkids most of the summer and [serious] fishing with young ones is not possible. Don't get me wrong, I love every minute they are here, but now it is time for serious fishing.

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About 2 weeks ago I camped at the Peppermint Campgroud
Hi John,
My wife and I camped there late May, early June. We didn't camp at the pay campground but across the road in the large unimproved area. I caught a few trout and just goofed around for a couple of days before moving on. We were the only people there. Peppermint creek has another campground on the other side of the western divide, a good thirty miles or more drive. However there is a trail between the two campgrounds that is around a five mile hike. In the spring the fishing is good and during the week, not a soul to be found on the trail. Enjoy your explorations. Even with growing up in the area, I still find something new once in awhile....
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We enjoyed camping at Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island while there on Sept. 15 and 16. It was quiet, withing sight of the ocean, less than a quarter mile to the beach at Deception Pass Bridge and not a bit crowded. September was the best time to be there. Cool enough for a fire at night and not too warm during the day. The only campground we've ever stayed at where the rabbits came begging for food instead of the squirrels. They sat right at the camp site and ate bread with us. There were several little chipmunks that came begging too but none were a bother or a nuisance.
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