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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


Escape the Heat: Cooling Center Information and Current Status

Senior citizens and others at risk from extreme heat can find relief at cooling centers across Kern County. Cooling center information will be updated daily.


Kern County has Funding for Projects Related to Off-Highway Motor Vehicle (OHV) Use  (PDF)

Kern County has approximately $43,000 available for funding projects related to off-highway motor vehicle use.  Only non-profit organizations and public organizations are eligible to apply.

Deadline for filing is 5:00 pm, Friday, April 12, 2019

OHV Application Form

Sample Agreement

Proposal Evaluation Procedure & Criteria

Project Report


Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area Closure and Construction

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.


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


Current Closures

The Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area will be closed to the public from 5:00 PM Sun, May 5th through Wed, May 15th due to a private event.

12/12/18 - The restrooms at Casa Loma Park (521 E. Casa Loma Dr.) are closed temporarily due to Vandalism

12/4/18 - The Rosamond Park Restrooms were vandalized. The restrooms will be closed for approximately 2 weeks until repaired.

Special Events at Lake Ming - 2019

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
* Buena Vista camping and Kern River Campground 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)