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Welcome to the Kern County Parks and Recreation Reservation Website.   


Buena Vista Campground:  April & May 2019 --- Construction & Closure for a Private Event.  See below for further details and exact dates.

The Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area will be closed to the public from 5:00 PM Sunday, May 5th through Tuesday, May 21st 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.


NEW !!  Reservations

On-line Reservations are now available for both Kern River Campground and Buena Vista Campground, by going to kerncountyparks.org.

Reservations are available any time prior to arriving at the Buena Vista Lake Campground and the Kern River Campground, based on availability.

ADDITIONAL FEES may due upon arrival to the campgrounds, including fees for second vehicles, dogs and extra overnight vehicle parking.


To make reservation for Kern River Campground over the telephone please call the Kern County Parks Administration office at 661-868-7000, Press 1, Press 3 and then Press 2.



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

Parks and Recreation a division of Kern County General Services

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