Buena Vista Lakes


Location and Directions:

13115 Ironbark Rd.
Taft, CA 93268
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     The Buena Vista Lakes are located approx. 115 miles north of Los Angeles near the city of Bakersfield. From Los Angeles take I-5 North over the Grapevine to the 99 Hwy (Bakersfield) split. Stay on the 5 and go approx. 20 miles to Bear Mountain Blvd. (Hwy. 223). Go West to Coles Levee Rd. and turn Right. Turn Left on Union Rd. and then Left on Enos Ln. to the lake.

Buena Vista Lakes
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General Info:

    The Buena Vista Lakes consist of two lakes. The largest is Lake Webb at 998 surface acres and the second is Lake Evans at 86 surface acres. They are open from sunrise to 10 pm daily. Tent and RV camping is available. Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area: (661) 868-7050. Visit Buena Vista Lakes Website for camping fees and boating regs.

Other lakes and rivers in the area:
Isabella Lake
Pyramid Lake
Kern River

Boating Info:

    Boating is permitted on both lakes however on the smaller Lake Evans there is a 5 MPH speed limit. The lakes are restricted to a maximum of 300 boats and 125 jet-skis allowed per day.

Fishing Info:

    Rainbow trout are planted during the winter months by the Mount Lassen Hatchery with some trout exceeding 12 pounds. There are also catfish, stripers, largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill here. The lakes are fed by the California Aqueduct which provides a continual flow of fish into the lakes. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.

Comments and Tips:

 Fishing is best during the early mornings or late evenings when the lake is not being bombarded by boats and jet-skis. There is also 24-hour night fishing allowed in the campground area.


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  • Pat McMillan caught this 13.7 rainbow at Evens Lake on a Kastmaster lure.
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