We enjoyed our camping adventure at Rivernook Campground. Very close to a small little town and general stores. People were pleasant. Be mindful of the raccoons that like whatever you leave out. I would recommend this campground.
Rivernook has gone down stream. Every summer we come up for a week and used to enjoy the grounds. The campground has been taken by the river. There is little or no upkeeping. The bathrooms are unclean and really old. The management staff doesnt care about the campers needs. During our stay this year one of the water wells malfunctioned and we didnt have water and bathrooms for two days. The construction crew worked all night and they said they would refund as. They didnt... what a shock. Although there prices arent bad I think next year we will drive up the river and find a better location.
We absolutely love Rivernook in Kernville! We stay at Rivernook at least once a month. We've had such great times at Rivernook we've sold our trailer to make a more permanent decision of purchasing a park model and visiting as often as possible. So looking forward to many more great times at Rivernook with our family and friends. As for the staff and permanents, we love everyone there. Never an issue and the park has been making some changes, it's looking great. Keep up the good work, it's appreciated! If you're thinking of taking your family on a camping trip, definately keep it in mind, doubt you'll be disappointed. The river is within 5 min from anywhere in the park, lots of shade, creeks and play places for the kids. A great feeling of safety in the outdoors. Hope to see you there! Be sure to get your site reserved early, it's packed in the summer!
The management here is militant, rude and are very young. Oh....and if you have a motorcycle, you have to leave it in a parking lot above the campground near the main road and they hold "no responsibility" for lost or damaged property. The campsites are very small and close to each other if you are looking for a pull-through site. I will never go back and at every bike rally or poker run I attend anywhere, I will make sure my fellow bikers and their friends do not give another dollar to Rivernook. I'll only reconsider when they have new management and different rules. They'll also need to remove the 1960's rusted out tow trailers they have and the lifers that reside in the campground.
It was a bit of a drive to get there for us, but it was nice. The Kern river was nice to run innertubes down. The stars at night were clear. We camped under trees. Overall a nice experience. We would go back again. We met some nice people next door and hung out with them at the river. My only observation was that there are few riverfront sites and I understand they are extremely hard to get. If you book a sight, there is a difference between near the river and on the river. So just be sure where your sight is on the map if it matters to you.
Golfcarts driven by 8 yr olds??? Yes, and unsupervised. Dogs allowed off lease??? yep you betcha. The mgmt does not care. No wonder some of the websites show this as a the party spot. We saw a group of young adults smoking pot. I will never come back here. Disrespectfull mgmt, witnessed the office staff swearing to people on the phone. Posted 5 miles per hr speedlimit but even the staff goes over 30mph. DUST
Some friends and I just returned from Rivernook campground after spending a week there. I will never camp at this campground again. The restrooms were filthy, toilets clogged in the ladies room and took 2 days for staff to unclog and clean up after someone who got sick in the bathroom, the trash was overflowing and although picked up frequently, certainly was inadequate for even week-days. This had to be the loudest campground I have ever been to in my life, outside of a Boyscout Jamboree! Stereos were extremely loud and you could hear several at the same time. People could drive in, out and through the campground 24/7 making it very hard to sleep and the dust nearly intolerable. There was no one occupying the assistant manager's home, and we were told that someone had been dealing drugs out of there and had been fired. It was as hot as a blast furnace and I should have asked for a refund! I would NEVER recommend this campground to anyone! There are places far nicer all over
On the positive side, it IS on the Kern River, although not nearly the nicer parts. There was not adequate shade at one of our campsites for the weather. The electrical box on our upper space was not properly grounded and I got shocked. It is a drive to get to anything except a very rocky river area where it is a hazard to non swimmers and especially to overconfident swimmers! NOT a place for children or even teens that don't understand the power a river has, as well as the added boulder and rock hazard. Part of our party left for a hike with the teens and they didn't even want to go back. The Kern River has some beautiful places, but this is not one of them!
Rivernook is a glorified filthy trailer park on a dangerous, unswimmable/unfishable part of the river. Have to drive to go kayaking, swimming, fishing, safely tubing, to shops in town, museum, lake, etc. The town of Kernville nearby has a few neat shops, and a few really nice antiques in one of the antique stores, but in others were mostly things from the $0.99 only store and old stuff from the '70's. The coffee shop and pizza place in town were a Godsend, as our campsite was dangerously some days and miserably hot the rest (AND they do not refund for ANY reason - even if the heat is dangerous, the bathrooms filthy, and I could go on, but you get the picture!) We knew to get out, but just a matter of time before someone WILL have at the very least a serious heat incident there, if not a fatality because of the "No refunds once reservation is made" policy and some people not knowing any better that have paid in advance or are not experienced (or go with a group that is not experienced as I did - I thought we were going camping, NOT to a trailer park!)
Well, first and last experience like this one! There are FAR better places to camp. This was one of the worst experiences camping that I have ever had! I will NOT be back to Rivernook!
This is NOT a place for those who like the real outdoors and wildlife!
Just went up to look at a trailer to buy for up in Hungary Gluch. My husband and I fell in love with the trailer and Rivernook campground. So we bought the trailer and are now staying at that beautiful spot on the river. Our kids and grandkids love it here too. So much to do. Pet friendly too. Rochelle&Ralph See you there..............
We used to vacation at Rivernook all the time, but lately they are allowing alot of people stay in their MH and trailers permanently. It is starting to look like a low class trailer park. The trailers and lots are not kept up, dog waste you need to step over, washer/dryers standing outside in lots, junk cars, you name it. We had originally looked to purchase one of the trailers for sale here, but after the last couple of months, we decided against it. We love the area, just hate to see this beautiful park fall apart.