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Kern County, California

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Announcements

2018-2019 Trout Fishing Season at Buena Vista Recreation Area - Lake Evans (PDF)
Come out and join the fun at Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area (BVARA), Lake Evans.

The 2018-2019 Trout Fishing Season will extend from Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - Sunday, April 7, 2019. This year we have stocked Lake Evans with Rainbow Trout.

The last plant was 12/4/2018. The next scheduled plant date is the week of 12/17/2018-12/21/2018.

See flyer for more details.

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

Overview

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)

Location/Directions/Maps

Address:

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. (Reservations cannot be made on-line for Kern River Campground.)
  • 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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