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panoramaThe Kern County Parks Division has 40 picnic areas in almost every community in Kern County. Most of these parks offer you cooling shade trees, playgrounds and picnic tables. They are an ideal spot for a family gathering, for example, as an inexpensive and fun alternative for your children's birthday parties. You can even bring a bounce house, with a confirmed reservation, if it is on our list of approved providers.

We also offer group picnic areas to accommodate events such as a family reunion, a company picnic or a wedding. We invite you to visit our parks to determine the best one for your upcoming event.

Some of the amenities may include raised bandstands with electrical outlets, deep pit barbecues, food preparation area, large grills, picnic tables and children's play areas - just about everything you need for a successful event.

See Also:

Buena Vista is a man-made site located approximately 25 miles southwest of Bakersfield. When the site was completed in April 1973, it took 43 days to fill both Lake Evans and the much larger Lake Webb with over 2,300,000,000 gallons (or 6,800 acre feet) of water.

Lake Webb is an elongated shape of 873 acres available for boating, jet‐skiing and fishing, as well as an additional 125 acres for jet‐skiing (maximum speed 45 mph). Projecting midway into the lake, a horseshoe‐shaped spit of land contains 112 campsites in a double row. To maintain the landscaping through the dry season, a sprinkler system operates, requiring campers to place their things in designated spots.

Lake Evans, at 86 acres, is the place for the more serene pursuits of sailing, fishing, and boating at no more than 5 mph.

 


Announcements


Road Construction 
Due to road construction on HWY #119 - Taft Highway, you might experience a delay driving to Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area and Campground. To avoid a delay in arriving we suggest the following alternate route directions for your convenience.

Alternate Route directions from I-5:

  • West on Bear Mountain Blvd.
  • North on Coles Levee Road
  • West on Union Road to S. Enos Lane

We hope you enjoy your stay with us!

Thank for you patronage.


Detailed Driving Instructions

From the South:

  • Take I-5 North to the 119 West.
  • Travel 1.8 miles on Highway 119 West to Enos Lane (Highway 43). Turn south (left) on Highway 43 (Enos Lane) at the Shell gas station. Go approximately 2 miles on Highway 43 to the entrance to Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area.

From the North:

  • Take I-5 South to the 119 West.
  • Travel 1.8 miles on Highway 119 West to Enos Lane (Highway 43). Turn south (left) on Highway 43 (Enos Lane) at the Shell gas station. Go approximately 2 miles on Highway 43 to the entrance to Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area.

From the East:

  • Take the 14 North to the 138 West to the I-5 North to the 119 West.
  • Travel 1.8 miles on Highway 119 West to Enos Lane (Highway 43). Turn south (left) on Highway 43 (Enos Lane) at the Shell gas station. Go approximately 2 miles on Highway 43 to the entrance to Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area.

Activities and Amenities

  • Fishing
  • Boating (maximum of 300 boats)
  • Jet-skiing (maximum of 125 jet-skis)
  • Camping (for families and large groups)
  • Picnicking
  • Bicycling
  • Basketball Court
  • Soccer Field
  • Several attractive installations of children's play equipment
  • Two concession buildings
  • Three covered picnic areas reserved for large groups (400 capacity) or small groups (100 capacity)
  • Numerous other picnic spots throughout the park
  • Three boat launching sites
  • An RV dump station

Announcements

Due to road construction on HWY #119 - Taft Highway, you might experience a delay driving to Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area and Campground. To avoid a delay in arriving we suggest the following alternate route directions for your convenience.

Alternate Route directions from I-5:

  • West on Bear Mountain Blvd.
  • North on Coles Levee Road
  • West on Union Road to S. Enos Lane

We hope you enjoy your stay with us!

Thank for you patronage.

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