Kern County, California

General Services ♦ Parks and Recreation


Welcome to the Kern County Parks Division's 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


A trout plant is scheduled at Lake Evans for the week of March 20, 2017.


Kern County has Funding for Projects Related to Off-Highway Motor Vehicle (OHV) Use  (19,173K PDF)

Kern County has approximately $50,000 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, March 31, 2017

OHV Application Form

Sample Agreement

Proposal Evaluation Procedure & Criteria

Project Report


The Parks Department has Moved  (255K PDF)

We relocated from our previous 2820 "M" Street location to the County Administrative Building on Truxtun Avenue Monday, December 12th.


Current Closures

Special Events at Lake Ming - 2017  (306K )

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:
Kern River Parks - Hart Park Field Office (applies to Hart Park, Camp Okihi, Lake Ming, and Group Picnic areas)

Hours: 7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Phone #: (661) 872-3179 (This number is not for reservations)
Park Rangers: (661) 872-5149
Buena Vista Reservations

Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Friday
Phone #: (661) 868-7000

The Parks Division strives to do the best job possible in serving our customers. Comments and suggestions for improvement are always appreciated!

The Kern County Parks and Recreation Division 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)