Potwisha Campground

Potwisha campground
Potwisha campground

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Though this campground is usally open year-round, it is currently closed due to a regional stay-at-home order issued by the State of California for the San Joaquin Valley region.

Potwisha Campground is 4 miles (6.5 km) from the Sequoia National Park entrance. Situated along the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River under an open stand of oaks, the campground is hot in the summer and usually snow-free in the winter. The campground is at 2,100 ft (640 m) elevation. In summer, fire restrictions are often in effect in this campground due to high temperatures and dry conditions.

Campground Information

This campground has 42 sites and is open year-round to tents, RVs, and trailers. The fee per night is $22. Currently, reservations are required for all sites.

Sites 30 and 40 are designated accessible and have accessible food storage containers, extended picnic tables, wheelchair-accessible grills, a hard-packed and level tent pad, and a designated accessible parking space. The campground and some campsites are on a significant slope, which may make access to all campground facilities difficult. The campground has accessible flush restrooms, water spigot, and sink.

RV Information

  • Vehicles longer than 24 feet (7.3 m) are not advised between the Foothills Visitor Center and Potwisha Campground. If you drive a longer RV or have a trailer and wish to stay at Potwisha Campground, consider bringing a shorter vehicle or camping in Kings Canyon National Park.
  • Potwisha Campground has sites for RVs and trailers, including pull-through sites. When making reservations online, you can filter available sites by entering the length of your RV.
  • Generators are allowed between 9 am and 9 pm.

Amenities or Services

Potwisha Campground has:

  • A pay telephone
  • Flush toilets
  • Ranger programs from July to early September
  • A dump station

The campground is near the Kaweah River, 15 minutes east of the Foothills Visitor Center, and a 45-minute drive to the Giant Forest Museum. Groceries, restaurants, and gas are available in the nearby town of Three Rivers.

Other Information

You are required to store food properly in order to protect bears. Each campsite has a large food storage locker (47”W x 33”D x 28”H) that is resistant to bears when properly latched. Learn more about bears and food storage in the parks.

Pets are permitted within the campground, but must be leashed at all times. Learn more about pet regulations.

Reservations: Site reservations are available for this campground online at Recreation.gov or call toll free: 877-444-6777 (TDD 877-833-6777). The customer service number is 888-448-1474.

A map of the campground is shown below. Download the Potwisha campground map for a larger, printable image.

Potwisha Campground map, Sequoia National Park.

Last updated: January 19, 2021

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Mailing Address:

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271


(559) 565-3341

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