Fifth Wheel Mountain Camping cartoonThe unseasonably dry winter in the High Sierra means some tough times this summer in some campgrounds at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California.

For instance:

* Due to limited snowfall this past winter, Dorst Creek Campground in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park is expected to run out of water this camping season. Therefore, no new reservations are being taken for this campground for the 2013 camping season. If the campground is closed, existing reservations will be honored at a different campground in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at no additional cost.

Several campgrounds are temporarily closed:

* Crystal Springs Campground in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park will reopen on July 1;

* Sentinel Campground in the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park will open on July 1;

At the South Fork Campground in Sequoia:

* No drinking water available year-round; bring your own.

* Non-potable (non-drinking) water available from May 22 until October 12;

* No water available (dry camping only) after October 12 until May 2014.

Bottom line: It’s suggested you visit the parks’ website or call 559-565-3341 BEFORE you plan to visit the parks to check on the status of facilities and services.

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There are Fourteen Campgrounds in the Parks. Most are first-come, first-served. Lodgepole, Dorst and certain group campsites are open to reservations.

Campgrounds often fill up on Saturday nights in July and August. Sunday through Friday afternoons offer the best chance of finding a campsite, with the exception of Lodgepole which usually has limited sites even midweek.

Campsite Ammenities: Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring with grill and a metal bear box for food storage. There are no hookups in the parks. Dump stations are located at Potwisha, Lodgepole, and Dorst campgrounds. There is also a dump station located in Princess Campground in the Sequoia National Forest on Hwy 180 near the Hume Lake junction.

Campground checkout time is 12:00 p.m. (noon). Select a campground below to learn more.


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