lake ming

Lake Ming

1 Lake Ming is formed by the Kern River County Park Dam on a tributary of the Kern River. The reservoir was created in 1959 and named after Kern County Supervisor Floyd Ming.

2 Lake Ming is a reservoir used for recreational purposes and owned by the Kern County General Services Department. It has a length of 4,700 feet with a normal storage of 790 acre-feet.

3 Lake Ming has a surface area of 104 acres.

4 Other facilities located at the lake include picnic areas, restrooms, drinking fountains and parking around the southern end.

5 There is playground equipment at the southeast end of the lake. There is also an additional large picnic area – Pyles Camp – located on top of a small hill east of the lake that may be rented or reserved for large group events.

6 West of Lake Ming is a 28-acre campground. It has 50 campsites, each containing a picnic table and fire ring. A dumpsite and restrooms are also available.

7 There is a bike path on the northern side of the lake that runs from Hart Park to Pyles Boys Camp to the east.

8 There is a large shelter on the southern shoreline that, in the late 1960s, was used for large barn-style dances. This shelter is still available to reserve.

9 The primary fishes found at Lake Ming are largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, carp and stocked rainbow trout. A fishing license is required.

10 There are numerous species of wildlife that may be spotted during various seasons at Lake Ming.

11 Lake Ming is primarily a motorboat and water skiing lake. The National Jet Boat Association holds races at the lake throughout the year.

12 There is no swimming in the lake except during an authorized triathlon event.

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