Welcome to Bodfish, California
and the Kern River Valley - a public service
Updated 12/12/16

To do/see in and around Bodfish

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1. BAT DANGLING: Perhaps the most recently conceived sport, on August 31, 2013, a older part-time Bodfish residence found that by dangling a tiny ( 1/16th of an inch) piece of meat or white wool at night from a fly rod off a porch, brought the bats (eating the insects attracted to the flood security lights on the porch) to attack the wool or meat. The oldster reported that an hour of "dangling", brought over 25 "hits". He also reported that given all the good that bats do eating bothersome insects, he didn't want to hurt them so he didn't and wouldn't use hooks. Bodfish, CA

2. DAVE'S SPORTS BAR: 4108 Lake Isabella Blvd; 760-379-5384, Bodfish, CA

3. STAR GAZING: Given the often clear mountain air, and dark area in and around Bodfish, star gazing can be beautiful, exciting and educational on many nights, but beware of stiff necks. There is a APP that can be uploaded for free off the web, that when the phone with the APP is pointed at the stars, the APP shows what and where your looking at. Bodfish, CA.

4. KERN VALLEY PLAZA SHOPPING CENTER: Full service Vons, Rite Aid, Home Mart, Burger King, DMV, etc. 5500 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella, CA 93240. 2.6 miles

5. MIRACLE HOT SPRINGS/HOBO CAMPGROUND: Geothermal hot water naturally piped into “tubs” on the bank of the lower Kern River (bring a pail to add cool river water to ensure a comfortable temperature). However, sometimes the tubs are broken up by the Forest Service or the federal BLM as the tubs aren't built with permits and they often don't pass health standards. Old Kern Canyon Rd., Lake Isabella, CA 93240. Campground reservations: (877) 444-6777. 4.4 miles

6. LAKE ISABELLA: An 11,000-acre reservoir (depending on the time of year), created by the Isabella Dam, offers multiple activities for freshwater and boating enthusiasts: fishing, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing, etc. Allows docking of personal water craft and are available for rental. Hiking and camping, also. Off Hwy. 178, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. (661) 861-3110. 5 miles

7. NUUI CUNNI: Native American Intertribal Culture,Visitor's Center, & Museum; Mission Statement: The NUUI CUNNI cultural center is dedicated to preserving, restoring and teaching our native American culture, history and traditions by providing a facility available for educational, ceremonial and other social activities for native Americans as well as the interested public. Operated by the Kern River Paiute Council, "The 3,150 square foot special designed building houses a museum, library, gift shop, meeting place and operates as a visitors center. The 5.6 acre grounds feature native plant exhibits, artifacts, dance arbor, tule hut, lamada, sweat lodge, prayer garden, and area for large activities. Located at the French Gulch Recreational Area." 2600 Highway 155, Lake Isabella, CA; (760) 549-0800. 6.0 miles

8. KEYSVILLE: Once a mining town, now abandoned. It's on a dirt road and contains a monument to the old mining towns of the area. Keysville Road, two miles up from junction at California Hwy 155 at Lake Isabella Dam. 6.5 miles.

: The first Kern County Seat in 1866. A replica of the old courthouse has been built and turned into a small but interesting museum. A reproduction of the old schoolhouse has also been constructed, housing a library and community meeting area. 6789 Caliente-Bodfish Rd., Havilah, CA, 93158 (location of converted Courthouse & Schoolhouse sites). (760) 379-2636. 7.1 miles

: The ranch houses various animals, primarily retired trained chimpanzees from the entertainment industry. Please call for tour information. 161 Charity Rd., Caliente, CA 93518. (661) 867-2576. 10 miles

11. REEL CINEMA: The only movie house in Kern Valley. 6742 Wofford Heights Blvd., Wofford Heights, CA 93285. (760) 376-3030. 10.3 miles

12. KERN VALLEY GOLF COURSE: Located on the Kern River between Wofford Heights and Kernville, it is a 9-hole regulation golf course that if played off the two sets of tees provides 6347 yards and a par of 72. 9472 Burlando Rd, Kernville, CA. ?(760) 376-2828. 13.5 miles

: Quaint, friendly, and mostly restored old Western town with a park on the upper Kern River; Gateway to the Sierras, and home of many river rafting companies and shops including a full service fly fishing shop with guides. Kernville is also home to Whiskey Flats Days, a celebration of the Wild West, held each President’s Day Weekend in February, regional rodeos and the ever fun and exciting Rubber Ducky races each August. 14.3 miles

- Kern Valley Museum: A short distance from any part of Kernville, the Museum houses artifacts from prehistoric times to the present, a geological and fossil exhibit, mining and ranching artifacts, an interactive history of the Edison hydroelectric plants, exhibits of the movie-making history of the area and construction of the Isabella Dam, thousands of photographs of the early settlers, miners, cowboys and Indians, a giant stamp mill used to render gold-bearing ore to powder, the Stagecoach John Wayne rode while filming scenes of “Stagecoach” in the Valley, and more. 49 Big Blue Rd., 760-376-6683; Kernville Chamber of Commerce, (760) 376-2629. 14.4 miles
- Kernville Riverside Park: "Riverside Park in Kernville is one of the most visited parks in Kern County, drawing tens of thousands of visitors each year. The focal point of this park is a section of the Kern River that was enhanced in the early 1970’s in a collaborative effort between local citizens and the Army Corps of Engineers. This project created ideal fish habitat, calm pools for wading and swimming, waves and fast currents for rafters, tubers and kayakers; in essence, created the basis for what is now a thriving tourism industry in this small mountain community." Kern River Drive, Kernville, CA, 93238. (661) 868-7000. 14.2 miles
14. KERN RIVER FISH HATCHERY & Museum: The third largest fish hatchery in California runs the Little Kern Golden Trout Restoration Program. Visitors Center and Museum; Fish Culture Center, park and gardens. Free tours daily, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 14400 Sierra Way (Mountain Highway 99), Kernville, CA 93238. (760) 376-2846. 16 miles

15. ALTA SIERRA SKI RESORT AT SHIRLEY MEADOWS: A family ski resort located 15 minutes up Evans Rd. (Hwy 155) from Wofford Heights. With a base elevation of 6,700 feet, it features two double chair lifts and one handle tow on 80 acres. Tube park and ski school also available. Open Fri-Sun. during snow season. 56700 Rancheria Rd., Wofford Heights, CA 93285. (760) 376-4186. 20 miles

: Museum and zoo featuring over 110 California native species and nearly 300 animals in all, CALM teaches a respect for all living things through education, recreation, conservation, and research. 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93306. (661) 872-2256. 36 miles

17. BAKERFIELD MUSEUM OF ART: On of two accredited art muesums in the souther San Joaquin Valley. Located in downtown Bakersfield amid "lush gardens with mature trees, camellias, and a waterfall." 1930 R Street, Bakersfield, CA 9330; (661) 323-7219. 42 miles

18. KERN COUNTY MUSEUM: "One of the finest museums in the nation with more than 60 historic building situated on 16 tree-shaded acres. The museum also features the participatory Lori Brock Discovery Center providing interactive learning experiences for children 8 and under." 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301; (661) 852-5000. 44 miles

19. WALK OF 100 GIANTS: - One of the most popular hiking trails in Sequoia National Park, it provides an easy, self-guided half mile tour through a portion of the Long Meadow Sequoia Grove. The grove contains 125 giant sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) over 10 feet in diameter and 143 others; the largest is 20 feet in diameter and 220 feet tall. The grove encompasses 355 acres and the estimated age of the trees is between 500 and 1,500 years old. Free; closed when snow prohibits access. Western Divide Highway at Long Meadow Grove, Springville, CA. (559) 784-1500. 48 miles

20. BAKERSFIELD NATIONAL CEMETERY: "Set in a beautiful, natural landscape, Bakersfield National Cemetery in the White Wolf area of the Tehachapi Mountains is nestled amidst wide-open stretches, mountain vistas and rolling grazing land where both cattle and camels once roamed." The 500-acre site is located just south of Highway 58 and west of Highway 223 in a true Old West setting surrounded by the 422-square-mile Tejon Ranch. Visitation Hours: Open daily from sunrise to sunset. 30338 East Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin, CA, 93203. (661) 867-2250. 50.1 miles

21. MINTER FIELD AIR MUSEUM: Former WWII air field which houses some vintage WWII planes. Museum displays military uniforms, artifacts, photographs, aviation art and models of aircraft and military vehicles. Also host to periodic air shows. 401 Vultee Ave., Shafter, CA 93263. (661) 393-0291. 55 miles

: Museum catering to kids features live insect displays, hands-on interactive bug discoveries, etc. Nurtures, houses and exhibits butterflies, ladybugs, ants and other exotic insects. 132 S. Beech Ave., Shafter, CA 93263. (800) 548-3284 ext. 202. 60 miles

: Founded in 1882 (refurbished in 1985), features large natural springs pool and spa. RV Park and on-site campground available, but also welcomes day visitors. 42177 Hot Springs Dr., California Hot Springs, CA 93207. (661) 548-658261 miles

: Cultural and natural history museum of the northern Mojave Desert. Open daily 10-5. 100 E. Las Flores Ave., Ridgecrest, CA 93555. (760) 375-6900. 64 miles

25. INDIAN POINT OSTRICH RANCH: Ranch holding up to 200 ostriches at a given time, this family-friendly location offers site tours to view ostriches close up. Gift shop and antique shop also on site. 28101 Giraudo Rd., Tehachapi, CA ?93561. (661) 822-9131. 77 miles

26. EXOTIC FELINE CONSERVATION CENTER: A 501(c)(3) non-profit breeding, research, and educational facility dedicated to the preservation of rare and endangered felines, it currently house 70 cats representing 14 endangered or threatened species from six continents. Free guided tours with close-up viewing. Open daily 10-4; closed Wednesdays. 3718 60th Street West, Rosamond, CA 93560. (805) 256-3332. 95 miles

27. WATER MUSEUM (Vista del lago visitors center): "With a sweeping view of Pyramid Lake from its wraparound balcony, Vista del Lago Visitors Center is the largest of DWR's (Department of Water Resources) three information facilities. Resident tour guides offer guests both personal and school tours. And as installation of new exhibits continues, the center now supports California's Education and Environment Initiatives (EEI)curriculum". Interstate 5, 17 miles south of Ranger Park [exit on Vista del Lago] (661) 294-0219. 101 miles

28. LONE PINE FILM HISTORY MUSEUM: "The private institution has over 10,000 square feet of exhibits, an eighty-five seat movie theater and gift shop that focuses on keeping alive the cultural heritage of America’s cinematic history through film programs, artifacts preservation and exhibits and events including two film festivals. The Lone Pine Film Festival has for twenty-two years celebrated this film history every Columbus Day weekend with celebrity panels, tours to movie locations, and continual screenings of films in the area." Call for Hours of Operation. 701 South Main Street in Lone Pine, California. (760) 876-9909. 119 miles

29. MANZINAR NATIONAL HISTORICAL SITE: Monument and museum dedicated to internment camp that housed 10,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Some camp remains are still located on site. Nine miles north of Lone Pine on US Highway 395. (760) 878-2194. 129 miles

30. MT. WHITNEY PORTAL DRIVE, LONE PINE: Whitney Portal is the entry point to the Mt. Whitney Trail, a 22-mile round-trip hike that reaches the summit of Mt. Whitney, which, at 14,498 feet, is the highest point of the 48 contiguous states. Serious and knowledgeable hikers only are advised to attempt this hike, which climbs over 6,000 feet. Whitney Portal Drive, 11 miles west from Lone Pine. (559) 565-3341. 131 miles.

31. DEATH VALLEY: Lowest spot in the United States at 282 ft. below sea level and home to the world’s highest-recorded temperature (134 degrees farenheit); desert environment surrounded by mountains. Hwy 190, west of U.S. 395.. (760) 786-3200. About 180 miles

32. BRISTLECONE PINE GROVES: Located within Inyo National Forest, these two groves are filled with large, gnarled, but graceful trees that are said to be the world's oldest. The road is paved to the first grove, Schulman Grove, at approximately 10,000 feet, and dirt to the second, Patriarch Grove, located 12 miles north, at around 11,000 feet. Usually accessible mid-June to beginning of winter. White Mountain Rd., 10 miles north of Hwy 168, Inyo County. (760) 873-2400. 185 miles

33. SCOTTY'S CASTLE: "Hidden in the green oasis of Grapevine Canyon in far northern Death Valley, the Death Valley Ranch, or Scotty's Castle as it is more commonly known, is a window into the life and times of the Roaring '20s and Depression '30s. It was and is an engineer's dream home, a wealthy matron's vacation home and a man-of-mystery's hideout and getaway." Ranger-guided tours. There is an entrance fee for Death Valley National Park in addition to tour fees. Located in the north end of Death Valley National Park. Driving time from Furnace Creek (in Death Valley NP) is about 1 hour. Drive northwest on CA 190, then turn right (north) on Scotty's Castle Road. Reservations at Recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777. 215 miles

34. MAMMOTH SKI RESORT: 150 trails accessed by 31 lifts on over 3,500 skiable acres, from 7,953-foot base to 11,053-foot summit; 3,100-foot vertical; highest lift-served skiing on West Coast. Average yearly snowfall exceeding 350 inches. Ski school; snowboarding. Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546. (888) 466-2666. 224 miles

35. YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: Glacier-sculpted valley includes magnificent waterfalls, precipitous overlooks, and unique rock formations comprising many of California’s most popular landmarks while offering a wide array of activities and accommodations. Hwy 41/Wawona Rd. north from Hwy. 99. (209) 372-0200. 242 miles (to Yosemite Village).