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County of Kern
Parks and Recreation
Lake Ming
  Special Events/Closures
  Location/Directions
  Activities and Amenities
  Warnings/Regulations/Restrictions
  Other Information
Lake Ming
View from day use area
Special Events/Closures:
Location/Directions:
  • General Location: This beautiful manmade lake lies 10 miles northeast of Bakersfield, off the Alfred Harrell Highway on the Lake Ming Road exit.
  • Directions  (opens new window)
  • Closures: Approximately 20 days a year the lake is closed to the public and reserved for special, organized boating activities. For information on these dates and activities, please contact the Kern County Parks Department.
Activities and Amenities:
  • Boat launching ramps
  • Two landscaped shorelines
  • Abundant parking by shorelines
  • Picnic tables, barbecue grills
  • Playground equipment on tot lots
  • Restrooms, drinking fountains
Warnings, Regulations and Restrictions
Warnings:
  • Water skiers are at risk of developing an itchy rash from parasites in Lake Ming's untreated waters. Swimming is prohibited.
  • All fires must be lit only in the designated fireplaces or grills. Visitors must bring their own fuel because no cutting or use of park vegetation is permitted.
  • The discharge of all firearms or weapons, including bows and arrows, spears, BB guns, pellet guns and sling shots, is prohibited.
  • Depositing trash in waste receptacles and cleaning off tables properly will preserve public health and keep the grounds pristine.
Boating:
  • All boats need Kern County Boat Permit ($60.00 for January 1 through December 31) and a CA sticker.
  • All boats must enter and leave the lake at the designated launch sites.
  • Only sailboats are allowed the 2nd full weekend each month and Tuesdays and Thursdays after 1:30 pm; motorboats are allowed all other times
  • No inflatables are allowed.
Water Skiing:
  • Confined to designated areas. Maximum length of tow rope: 100 feet
  • All tow boats must have an additional person 12 years or older watching the person being towed.
  • A fallen skier must raise one ski at least 3 feet out of the water; the observer must hold up an orange flag, indicating the downed skier.
  • All skiing must go counterclockwise.
Fishing:
  • With a valid CA State Fishing License, fishing is allowed year-round in designated sections.
  • Please observe all the CA fishing regulations.
  • No inflatables are allowed.
Other Information:
Lake Ming, which boasts a surface area of 104 acres, was dedicated in 1959 to Kern County Supervisor Floyd Ming. Hills surround the lake, and the Greenhorn Mountains stretch along the eastern horizon. From a hilltop picnic ground overlooking the area, the view is soul-stirring.
Lake Ming is part of the Kern River County Park which also includes:
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