Kern County, California

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


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
Taft, CA 93268

You can make an on-line reservation 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 must be made at least 48 hours in advance, and may be made up to one year in advance of the check-in date.
  • One vehicle is included with each campsite reservation; 10 person maximum per campsite.
  • You must be 18 years or older to reserve a campsite.
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