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Ok, here's what I know so far. I ended up calling the Kern River MRA Campground and spoke with the owner, John. Very nice guy and said he's always wanted to have a group like ours up there.

Kern River MRA Campground

From the website:

MRA's Kern River campground is a fully equipped campground with 34 camp sites (see map below), deluxe bathrooms, hot showers, drinking water, picnic tables, fire pits, and group gathering area. Located along the banks of the Kern River, enjoy immediate river access for fishing, horseshoe pits and hammocks to relax in after a great day of adventure. Call us today at (800) 861-6553 to reserve your camp site!
Out of the hustle and bustle of downtown Kernville, our campground is located just 2.5 miles north of Kernville. This area is also our check-in center for Class IV-V river trips on the Forks, Upper and Lower Kern. Man folks enjoy that they can drive to one location in Kernville, set up camp, and then walk over to check-in for one of our exciting Kern River rafting trips.
If you come to Kernville to just get away from it all, our campground is a great place to relax. With amenities such as volleyball, shuffle board, horseshoe pits and convenient river access we can help you fully relax and enjoy. We also encourage you to join us in helping to preserve the ecology of the Kern River.
Reserve one site for your family and friends, or all 34 sites for your group, just ask us. Our camp sites book up quick, so reserve early. Summer months such as July-August can be very warm in Kernville. We recommend that you bring along an Easy-Up shade canopy to provide extra shade while camping. Since we do not have hook-ups, self-contained RVs are a must.
Adventure, relax and enjoy with MRA!
Up to six persons per site (including children).
Reserve one of our adventure activities, like rafting, with your camping reservation and receive a discount on camping (see price chart below).
The MRA Kern River campground is one of the more popular destinations in Kern County, so reserve your spot early. Call us at (800) 861-6553 or to reserve Kern

Here's what I found out from him:

It's tent camping only, no trailers, or RV's due to the lack of hookups.
They have hot showers, clean restrooms and an amphitheater. I believe there is a small additional charge for the use of the amphitheater.

The campground will hold 220 people...there are 34 sites, and he said 6 people and 2 vehicles per site, and they have two large overflow parking lots.

They also have a dining area and can provide BBQ meals or whatever for an additional charge.

There's plenty to do in the trails (sherman pass, piute mounts, greenhorns), rafting, mountain biking, etc...the owner even said he could set up a rockgarden/ crawling area for us.

Here's the kicker:

To rent the whole campground, we are looking at $1,600 per night. They would require a 50% deposit to book, and the remainder paid at the time of the event.

I say Big Bear would be the best if we could get it, and I can still call a couple other campgrounds in Kern.

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Here's the email I just received from the same campground in Kern...they are pricier than he had first mentioned on the phone.

Hello Matt,

Thanks for the call, we hope were able to provide you all with a site and
more this summer.
Some of things i said i get back to you was the price of the Bull Run
Pavilion. It is $375 for a half day and $700 for the whole day.
The camp ground is $48 per site $42 with activity per night, 6 per site.
Some can have up to ten, and we adjust the price as a per person cost
$7.00 per night. To rent the whole campground site (37) is $1800. It
does not include the pavilion.
We do do meals: Breakfast :
Scram let is eggs with red and green peppers, , mushrooms, etc, muffins,
fresh fruit, bacon or sausage, ham. (choose one). OJ, coffee, hot tea,
cold and hot cereal as well. $15.ea
Lunch: We could do either deli spread or burger and hot dogs, chip,
cookies , fruit, drinks, all the fixings. $15
BBQ Dinner: Tri Tip and Chicken, green salad, fresh grilled veggies,
Garlic bread, beans, Desert (brownies). $25 with beer and wine $35 a

I also can help you with 4x4 road and cool places to go to for all the
folks. We do a few festivals there and if kids are also coming, we have a
climbing wall and could also have bounce house and stuff their. The river
is right next to the campground, so fishing , cooling off, wading, etc all
can be enjoyed. OF cousre we have all our actiivties: rafting, mtn
biking, lake lkayaking, climbing wall and ropes course available.
IF you have any more question or if you'd like to meet up here and check
it out, I'd be happy to show you our place. 760-379-0536 is my cell.
Thanks again Matt, cheers John

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No preference really. I like the idea of beginning of July.

Let's start a new website. I'll be able to start from scratch and build all the graphics in cleanly and update info faster than we could probably get tater too.

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I wish I could go too! What time are you thinking? We will be coming home from Mojave on Sunday...

As far as the site, I will talk to Steve, but I think we should have a new domain name will make it all easier and I don't think there is any harm in doing so.

I responded to you about the shirts. I'd like to handle them, since I work closely with my screen printer and am comfortable with him and handling my artwork (i'm a picky prick when it comes to my stuff ). Hope that's cool.
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