Lake Isabella is a reservoir in Kern County, California created by the earthen Isabella Dam. It was formed in 1953 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Kern River at the junction of its two forks at Whiskey Flat. At 11,000 acres (4,500 ha), it is one of the larger reservoirs in California. The area is in the southern end of the Sierra Nevada range and the lake itself is located in low mountains at an elevation of approximately 2,500 ft (760 m) where summer temperatures reach over 100 degrees (°F) but low enough to avoid winter snows on the surrounding ridges. Lake Isabella is located about 40 mi. northeast of Bakersfield, and is the main water supply for that city. Lake Isabella can be reached by car from Bakersfield via state Highway 178 and from Delano via Highway 155. The former towns of Isabella and Kernville were flooded by the newly created reservoir.
Bodfish is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kern County, California, United States. Bodfish is located 32 miles (51 km) east-northeast of Bakersfield, at an elevation of 2687 feet (819 m). The place was named for George Homer Bodfish, who settled nearby in 1867.
Kernville has a large tourist industry centered on the white water rapids of the Kern River. While white water rafting is the main attraction, one can also enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities. Fly fishing is also popular; in particular, the golden trout is highly sought after for catch and release fishing. Downtown Kernville has an Old West look and contains a number of restaurants, antique shops and motels. The Kern Valley Museum houses a collection of historical items and displays. The nearby Kern Valley Airport is a popular general aviation destination for pilots, with on-site services including riverside camping and restaurant. The Needles granite formations about 25 miles toward the northern end of the valley are visible from some higher elevation locations.
Wofford Heights is a census-designated place (CDP) in the southern Sierra Nevadas, in Kern County, California, United States. Wofford Heights is located 3.5 miles (5.6 km) south-southwest of Kernville, at an elevation of 2684 feet (818 m). The population was 2,200 at the 2010 census, down from 2,276 at the 2000 census. Wofford Heights is next to Lake Isabella, a large lake. There are two major access points to the lake from Wofford Blvd: The first is the entrance to North Fork Marina and Tillie Creek Campground and the second is Freear which is at the very end of East Evans Road near Wofford Heights Park.