WHEELER GORGE, CA

Wheeler Gorge Campground is a great place for families to explore the Los Padres National Forest all year long. Educational programs are offered throughout the summer and during winter months. Informative tours of the area are led by forest rangers at the nearby visitor center. The...
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Know Before You Go
  • Drinking water is not available at the campground
  • Poison oak may be present in the area
  • Use of bug spray is encouraged on warm summer days
  • Gate is locked at 10 p.m.; campsite check-in must be completed prior to closure
  • Additional fees will be collected for extra vehicles at the campground
  • Click here for more information on the Los Padres National Forest


Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures, contact the forest supervisor's office at (805) 968-6640.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.
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Nonspecific+ MANAGEMENT 8 45 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 28 Pull-Through
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 20 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 16 25 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 30 Pull-Through
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 20 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 22 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 16 30 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 32 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 20 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 20 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 20 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 15 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 40 Pull-Through
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 20 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 15 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 20 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 25 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 30 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 25 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 25 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 25 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 25 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 25 Back-In
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WHEE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 15 Back-In
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Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
+When you reserve one of these sites, it will not be a site specific reservation. You will be assigned a site when you arrive at the campground.
** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

Wheeler Gorge Campground is a great place for families to explore the Los Padres National Forest all year long. Educational programs are offered throughout the summer and during winter months. Informative tours of the area are led by forest rangers at the nearby visitor center. The campground provides scenic views of a nearby stream, as well as vast mountain vistas.

Natural Features:

The campground is adjacent to Matilija Creek, and is bordered by a mixed forest of oak and sycamore trees and evergreen shrubbery. Most sites are shaded and summer temperatures reach up to 95 degrees.

The campground was originally built by Boy Scouts nearly a century ago, as well as a historical stone home that is also on-site.

Recreation:

The Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail begins at the upper end of the campground. It is a relatively short loop that leads through thick vegetation along the creek banks and to a hillside view of the area. Wildflowers often bloom along the path.

The creek flows near some of the campsites and a small swimming hole is frequented near the side of the highway. Fishing is rough in the area and may produce a catch of trout, but the stream is not stocked. Kayaking or canoeing in the creek is not recommended.

Educational programs, including ranger-led hikes, are offered year-round.

Facilities:

The campground is open year-round and offers dozens of single-family sites for tent or RV camping. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking spurs are paved and vary in length, accommodating RVs up to 35 feet.

Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets are provided, but drinking water is not available. Visitors must bring their own water, and remove their trash from the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

Ventura and the Pacific Ocean are about 20 miles south of the campground.

Booking Window
Fri Sep 26 2014 - Sun Mar 22 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • RV sites
  • Swimming
  • Tent Pads
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jan 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $23.00-$46.00
MANAGEMENT N/A
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Dec 31 2015
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $23.00-$46.00
MANAGEMENT N/A

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.51194, -119.27361
34°30'43"N, 119°16'25"W

From Ventura, take Highway 33 north about 14 miles. Turn left, continuing on Highway 33 for another 8 miles to the campground.

From Los Angeles, take I-5 north, then turn west onto Highway 126 for about 28 miles, to Santa Paula. Continue north on Highway 150 for 16 miles. Turn left onto Highway 33 and continue north approximately 8 miles to the campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

WHEELER GORGE
1190 E. OJAI AVE.
OJAI  CA  93023

Phone Number:

Information:  (805)640-1977