Bakersfield Recreation Sites

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Bakersfield Recreation Sites

California

(661) 391-6000

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Overview

Whether you're looking for the thrill of whitewater, the excitement of prospecting for gold or maybe just an appreciation for the beauty of the natural world, there is something for every taste within the National System of Public Lands managed by the Bakersfield Field Office. The field office is geographically divided into three distinct regions, The Coast Management Area, The Valley Management Area and The South Sierra Management Area. Each offers a unique and interesting landscape for recreation. The Valley Management Area is best known for its agricultural lands and oilfields; however Highway Vehicle touring is a popular activity. Mountain biking is a popular activity in San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area. Whitewater raft the Kern River in the South Sierra Management Area. Camp out at the Carrizo Plain National Monument, Carrizo Plain National Monument or the San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area. Enjoy fishing at The Keyesville Special Recreation Management Area and San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area. Some anglers try their luck in the Kern River for trout and bass. Six established hiking trails can be found at the Carrizo Plain National Monument and the Pacific Crest Trail is accessible from the South Sierra Management Area for horseback riding and hiking. While visiting The Coast Management Area tour of the historic light house, the Piedras Blancas Lightstation and enjoy the scenic views of the California Coastal National Monument. With its vast open spaces, horseback riding is an excellent way to see the Carrizo Plain National Monument and San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area. Hunting is a popular activity at the Valley Management Area and The Carrizo Plain National Monument. Wildlife viewing is an exciting opportunity throughout the Bakersfield Recreation Area, so keep your eyes wide open!

Map of Bakersfield Rec. Sites

Latitude, Longitude: 35.440673, -119.072657

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Activities

  • Boating

    Whitewater raft the Kern River in the South Sierra Management Area.

  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking is a popular activity in San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The Valley Management Area is best known for its agricultural lands and oilfields, however Highway Vehicle touring is a popular activity.

  • Camping

    The Carrizo Plain National Monument has two improved campgrounds, the KCL and the Selby. Camping is available on a first come, first served basis. Camping is also available in San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area .

  • Fishing

    An attraction to the The Keyesville Special Recreation Management Area and San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area is fishing. Some anglers try their luck in the Kern River for trout and bass. But be careful, the rocks along the river were polished smooth by spring floods before the Lake Isabella dam was built and the river current can be swift and dangerous.

  • Hiking

    There are six established hiking trails on the Carrizo Plain National Monument : Soda Lake trail and boardwalk, Overlook Hill, Wallace Creek, Painted Rock, the Caliente Ridge trail and the Caliente Mountain Access Trail. The Pacific Crest Trail is accesible from the South Sierra Management Area.

  • Historic Sites

    While visiting The Coast Management Area tour of the historic light house, the Piedras Blancas Lightstation and enjoy the scenic views of the California Coastal National Monument.

  • Horseback Riding

    The Pacific Crest Trail is accesible from the South Sierra Management Area. With its vast open spaces, horseback riding is an excellent way to see the Carrizo Plain National Monument and San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area .

  • Hunting

    The Valley Management Area and The Carrizo Plain National Monument have hunting as a popular activity.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The Valley Management Area is best known for its agricultural lands and oilfields, however wildlife viewing is a popular activity. Public lands in this region include the Carrizo Plain National Monument and the Atwell Island restoration project, both offering exceptional opportunities for watchable wildlife.

Directions

Driving

Sites are found throughout the Bakersfield area.

Phone Numbers

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(661) 391-6000

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