Buena Vista Campground: Lakeside Serenity in Kern County

Discover the tranquility of Buena Vista Campground, nestled in the picturesque Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area, just 25 miles southwest of Bakersfield. Encompassing 86-acre Lake Evans and 998-acre Lake Webb, this Kern County gem offers a haven for campers seeking water-centric activities and scenic landscapes. Before embarking on your lakeside adventure, explore essential tips for first-time campers, effective strategies to maximize your experience, and gear recommendations to ensure comfort and enjoyment amidst the lakeside beauty.

Map & Reservations

Top Tips for First-time Campers:

  • Lakeside Sites: Opt for lake-front campsites for a serene ambiance and picturesque views.
  • Vehicle Connections: Adhere to campground regulations by connecting only one vehicle to electrical hook-ups per site.
  • Overflow Camping: Utilize overflow camping areas for additional vehicles, available at a nominal fee.
  • Group Reservations: Plan group campsite reservations during the off-peak season (October 16 – March 14) for special rates.
  • Pets and Leashes: Keep pets on a leash, attend them at all times, and observe the limit of two pets per campsite.

Top Strategies for Optimal Camping Experience:

  • Seasonal Planning: Choose the peak season (March 15 – October 15) for vibrant outdoor activities and pleasant weather.
  • Campsite Reservations: Secure your spot by making reservations at least 48 hours before your planned arrival date.
  • Fees and Discounts: Be aware of peak and non-peak season fees, with discounts available for seniors, disabled veterans, and former POWs.
  • Attraction Exploration: Explore nearby attractions, including Lake Evans, Lake Webb, bike paths, playgrounds, and the Buena Vista Golf Course.

Recommended Camping Gear:

  • Bear-Resistant Food Locker: Safeguard your food with bear-resistant lockers, ensuring compliance with campground regulations.
  • Portable Lighting: Enhance your campsite’s ambiance with portable lighting during evenings in the wooded surroundings.
  • Comfort Gear: Pack comfortable camping chairs and sleeping systems to ensure a relaxing and restful experience.
  • Park Entrance Pass: Purchase your park entrance pass online in advance to save time at the entrance gate.
  • Explore Our Gearlist: Dive into our gearlist account for specific recommendations on camping, cooking, overlanding setups, backpacks, and clothing, optimizing your camping experience at Buena Vista Campground.

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Embark on a lakeside retreat at Buena Vista Campground, where the shimmering waters of Lake Evans and Lake Webb await, providing a perfect backdrop for a memorable camping experience in Kern County.