Storms from the past weekend did so much damage to the Potwisha Campground the National Park Service has temporarily closed it. The campground is accessible from the Highway 198 entrance to Sequoia/Kings Canyon national parks in Three Rivers.

High winds and rain uprooted some trees, flooded some areas and left debris strewn about the campground area.

Potwisha Campground

Potwisha Campground is located 4 miles (6.5 km) from the Sequoia National Park entrance. Situated on the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River under an open stand of oaks, the campground is hot in the summer and snow free in the winter.


The park service closed the campground earlier this week. There was no word on when the campground would reopen.

Park staff members are working to reopen on 3/30 at 12 noon at noon to be ready for weekend camping.

Anyone interested in camping at Potwisha Campground should check ahead first by calling 565-3341 or visiting the website at www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm to confirm if sites are available before they arrive.

A limited number of other campgrounds are also available in the Sequoia/Kings Canyon.

The region received as much as two inches of rain in some places, gusting winds and hail as multiple storms moved through the area last weekend. Thehe damage at Potwisha includes limbs broken off trees and campsites sitting under water.

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