Kern Valley Airport (L05) is great little airport located just south of the mountain-sports town of Kernville, providing service for small private planes, an on-site cafe, on-site camping for pilots flying in, and minor maintenance. The airport has radio communications during the daylight hours -usually manned by the cafe host offering weather advisories and taking your burger orders!
Camping: Great camping is available right on the airport. A separate tiedown area (bring your own tiedowns) for camping in a tree shaded area, within walking distance of the river. Tables, firepits, toilets and an outdoor shower can be found in the camping area. This is a very beautiful and quiet place (except for those darn airplanes taking off and landing). From the campground, one can walk 5 minutes down the taxiway to our airport cafe.
See more camping info in out Campground section here.
Runway: 3500' x 50', asphalt
Communications: CTAF/UNICOM – 122.8
Typical canyon winds generally prevail: light, early-morning down-canyon winds from the north favor Runway 35, though early morning departures on Runway 17 with a light tailwind are common to avoid rising terrain and the town of Kernville to the north.
Later, the wind often reverses mid-morning and flows from the south, up the Kern River canyon, favoring Runway 17.
There are three windsocks:
Operating Hours: DAY ONLY, dawn to dusk. Kern Valley Airport is surrounded by the Southern Sierras with peaks from 6500FT to over 10,000FT. You should plan to be on the ground by sunset.
For more info: http://www.airnav.com/airport/L05