How can I reserve a park or picnic area for a company party, family reunion, birthday party or other special event?
- (preferred method) Download the Group Picnic Reservation Form, complete it and fax it to (661) 868-7001.
- Visit the Parks Division: 1115 Truxtun Ave., 3rd Floor, Bakersfield, CA
- Call (661) 868-7000
We permit bounce houses, etc. in group picnic areas including Hart Park, Stramler Park and the Kern River County Park. You must reserve a bounce house from a company on our list which is available at the Parks Division office. Note that most of our parks do not have electricity so be sure to ask your bounce house provider for a generator.
Yes, you can have a wedding at almost any of our County facilities, depending on your preferences. Our recreation and veterans buildings provide an affordable option for weddings and receptions. Many of our buildings have the added benefit of full-service kitchen facilities. (You could save hundreds of dollars on rental costs and splurge on a fabulous wedding - or honeymoon.)
You can jet ski in a section of the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area and on Lake Isabella.
You can swim in a section of the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area and in Lake Isabella. Swimming in the Kern River is strongly discouraged because the currents are very strong. Every year, people are swept to their deaths by the mighty currents. Life jackets are strongly recommended even for playing near the river. Note that there is no swimming in Lake Ming.
Lake Ming - Only from the shoreline. You can fish from the entire shoreline from October 1 through March 31. From April 1 through April 30, you can fish from the undeveloped lakeshore areas. Contact the Department of Fish and Game regarding when it stocks the lake with fish at (559) 243-4005.
Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area - In November through March we stock Lake Evans with trout and charge $6.00 for adults and $1.00 for children to fish. You can fish year-round at Lake Webb, the other lake in the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area.
You can also fish in the following streams and river:
- Lumreau Creek
- Bear Creek
- Cedar Creek
- McFarland Creek
- Peel Creek
- Basin Creek
- Kern River
- Mull Creek
- Poso Creek
- Alder Creek
- Sandy Creek
- Little Creek
- Caliente Creek
You can purchase a fishing license from most sporting goods stores and Walmart.
Dogs are allowed at County parks. You must use a leash and be in control of your dog at all times.
Yes. There is a dog park located at Leroy Jackson Park, 300 E. French Street in Ridgecrest. Dog Park Rules.
You can camp at the Kern River County Park (first come, first serve). You can reserve sites at the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area and the Tehachapi Mountain Park. There is also camping near Lake Isabella not operated by the Parks Division.
You can have a campfire in the campsite's fire ring. You will need to bring wood for the fire. Propane stoves and lanterns are permitted in the camping parks.
You can sail on Tuesdays and Thursdays after 1:30 p.m. and on the second full weekend each month. You can also sail Lakes Woollomes and Isabella.
You can get a boat permit at:
General Services Parks Division
1115 Truxtun Ave., 3rd Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301
The concession stand at the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area.
Any marina at Lake Isabella.
You will need to bring your current boat registration and drivers license. The fee is $60.00 for all Kern County lakes and $45.00 for Lake Isabella only.
No guns of any type are allowed in the County parks.
No. The U.S. Forest Service has a golden age pass for the national parks and forests. But, there is a discount of camping fees for all campsites at Kern County campgrounds of two dollars ($2.00) less than the charge set forth for that site in the applicable uncodified ordinances for persons sixty-two (62) years of age or older and for disabled individuals.