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Kern County, California

General Services ♦ Parks and Recreation


Welcome to the Kern County Parks & Recreation web site. Here you will find locations and facilities to meet your needs from kayaking to company picnics, from weddings to outdoor adventures, from water skiing to service club meetings and much more.

We invite you to learn about our many parks and buildings and how they add to the quality of life in Kern County.

News and Announcements


Parks Department Seeking Reservations Specialists at Buena Vista

If interested, please review the details below. We regularly look at these applications, especially during our peak seasons.

Position Details:
  • Position:  Extra Help Fiscal Support Assistant
  • Location: Buena Vista Lake and Campground gate area
  • Where to Apply?  County HR Website
  • Hours: Early morning or late evening shifts may be required
  • Schedule: Must be willing to work all weekends
  • Requirements: Typing and 10-key certificates  Details
  • Type of Position: Full-time work, but for a limited term


Facilities Reservations

Effective January 1, 2018 , you may make your reservations for any County facilities (except buildings) anytime up to one year in advance, subject to availability of facility.
Building reservations will be subject each year to the priority guidelines for the Advance Reservation Period for Veterans and Senior Groups.  Please see the Parks webpage under Buildings for further details on how to make a reservation for one of our County Buildings.


Reservations at Kern River Campground

Effective October 1, 2017, Reservations can be made at the Kern County River Campground by calling the main office at 661-868-7000 for the following days of stay only:  Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Extended stay beyond check out at noon on Monday will need to be made on site, on a first come/first serve basis, based on availability of campsites.

Campsites can still be rented on a first come/first serve basis based on availability of campsites 7 days a week.

Please Note:  Preferred payment method for all first come/first serve is also by credit card or debit card. Effective date for enforcement is 1/1/2018.

For more details please see the Parks and Recreation webpage under Kern River Campground.

Current Closures

Lake Evans will be closed 11/12/2018 through 11/17/2018 at 2:00pm for the Taft Chamber of Commerce Fishing Derby.

Lake Evans will be closed Monday 11/19/2018 for the 2018/2019 Trout Fishing Season initial plant. Trout Fishing Season begins 11/20/2018.

Special Events at Lake Ming - 2018

Administration Office

Address: Kern County General Services - Parks and Recreation
1115 Truxtun Ave., 3rd Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301     Map/Directions
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday
Please note: The Administration Office stops taking payments at 4:30 pm.
Phone #: (661) 868-7000
FAX #: (661) 868-7001
Emergencies after 5:00 pm: (661) 861-3110
Web site:

Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday *
Phone #: (661) 868-7000
* BV camping reservations can also be made anytime online at

Kern County Parks & Recreation strives to do the best job possible in serving our customers. Comments and suggestions for improvement are always appreciated!

Kern County Parks & Recreation manages 8 regional parks, 40 neighborhood parks, and 25 public buildings, supervises three golf courses and landscapes 76 county buildings. Our facilities include fishing lakes, Veterans, Senior, Community and Recreation Buildings, group and individual campgrounds, boating, sailing, a soccer park, and museums.

Parks and Recreation Master Plan - Adopted 7/6/10 (PDF)

Heritage Commission: On 4/4/17, the Board of Supervisors approved transferring the Heritage Commission jurisdiction from the Parks Division to the Veterans Service Department.   View Commission Information