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Welcome to the Kern County Parks and Recreation Department's Reservation Website.


This website is for campsite reservations at

Buena Vista Campground ONLY.


Reservations for Kern River Campground

cannot be made on-line.

If you would like to make a reservation for Kern River Campground for Thursday through Monday, please call the Parks Administration office at 661-868-7000.



For emergencies after 5 p.m. please contact:

 the Sheriff's Dispatch at (661) 861-3110 


Kern County Parks and Recreation Department

is located at:  1115 Truxtun Avenue,

Third Floor-General Services Office,

Bakersfield CA  93301

(661)  868-7000

Office Hours are Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm

Office closed 1pm-2pm

Please note:  The Administration office stops taking payments at 4:30pm


CHECK-IN Time is 2pm

 CHECK-OUT Time is 12pm


The next Trout Plant is scheduled for Lake Evans the week of March 5, 2018.

Trout Fishing Season will extend through April 8, 2018.

Daily fishing fees per person are

$1.00 for children ages 15 and under, $6.00 for adults.

Daily fishing fees may be paid at the main entrance to the park,

between the hours of 6:00 am and 8:00 pm,

(hours subject to change).

Fishing hours are subject to Fish and Wildlife rules.

Normal park fees and all California Fish and Wildlife rules will apply. 


Attention:  All BVARA Campers


If you check into your campsite after the BVARA kiosk closes, you are required to go to the BVARA kiosk before 9am the next morning to check in, and pay any additional fees.

Thank you for your cooperation.


ADDITIONAL FEES MAY APPLY, payable upon entry at the campground, such as dog fees, second vehicle fees, boating fees, etc.  Please visit our website at www.kerncounty.com for further information and fee schedules.


We are pleased to announce that 2018 Kern County Annual “All Lakes”, and “Lake Isabella Only” boat permits are now available for sale online.For additional information, please contact the Kern County Parks and Recreation Department at (661) 868-7000 during regular business hours, Monday – Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. To place your boat permit order by phone, call the above number.



Please contact the Parks Administration office to set up your Senior Citizen, Disabled Citizen, or Disbled Veteran's account, and/or to obtain a Disabled Veteran's Lifetime Camping Pass if you are eligible.


Buena Vista Lake Water Level

The water level is currently above minimum pool elevation 

(updated 8/28/17) 


All legal fireworks (except for authorized firework shows conducted by licensed Pyrotechnic Operators) are banned from Kern County Parks until further notice. This ban follows the Board of Supervisors approval on June 23, 2015 of an urgency ordinance banning fireworks due to drought conditions in all Kern County parks.








Attention Campers!

For Reservations please visit:
Call 661-868-7000

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