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Kern County, California

General Services ♦ Parks and Recreation ♦ Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area


The Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area will be closed to the public from 5:00 PM Sunday, May 5th through Wednesday, May 15th due to a private event. During this time, no entry, camping, boating, fishing, or other activities will be allowed at the location.

Additionally, for the time period beginning April 17th through May 4th, and again from May 16th through May 24th, construction for the setup and tear down of the event will be ongoing, but the park will be open to the public in most areas. Noise levels will be higher than usual and will continue into the evening due to this construction, as well as a large number of vehicles and staffing onsite.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will be happy to work with you to find a more desirable time to stay with us if this will hinder your visit. We also offer camping, day use picnicking, boating, and fishing at several of our other beautiful parks and lakes within Kern County. We are ready to assist you with those options, as well.

Trout Plant Information

The 2018-2019 Trout Season has ended for the year.


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.

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Boating Ordinances (PDF)



Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area
13601 Ironbark Road
Bakersfield CA 93311-9478

You can make an on-line reservation for Buena Vista Campground by using the link above, or by calling the Parks reservation desk at 661-868-7000.
  • Please have a valid credit card to make an on-line campsite reservation or to reserve by telephone.
  • There is an $8.00 non-refundable reservation fee for each campsite reserved.
  • Reservations are available any time prior to arrival at the campground, based on availability, and may be made up to one year in advance.
  • One vehicle is included with each campsite reservation; 10 person maximum per campsite.
  • Additional fees may apply, payable upon entry at the campground, such as dog fees, second vehicle fees, boating fees, etc. Please see the BVARA Fee Schedules for further information.
  • You must be 18 years or older to reserve a campsite.
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