Lake Ming

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Lake Ming
Lake Ming, California.jpg
Lake Ming, California in February 2012.
Location of Lake Ming in California, USA.
Location of Lake Ming in California, USA.
Lake Ming
Location of Lake Ming in California, USA.
Location of Lake Ming in California, USA.
Lake Ming
LocationKern County, California
Coordinates35°26′24″N 118°51′58″W / 35.440°N 118.866°W / 35.440; -118.866
Primary inflowsKern River
Primary outflowsKern River
Built1959 (1959)[1]
Max. length4,700 ft (1,400 m)
Surface area104 acres (42 ha)
Surface elevation518 ft (158 m)[2]
SettlementsBakersfield, California

Lake Ming is a man-made recreational lake located in Bakersfield, California. It is primarily a motorboat and water-skiing lake, although sailboats are allowed the second full weekend each month, and every Tuesday and Thursday after 1:30 pm. Lake Ming also has fishing and the Department of Fish and Game stocks the lake with 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) rainbow trout during the winter months. The primary fishes are Large-mouth Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill, Carp and stocked Rainbow Trout. Lake Ming is a part of the Kern River County Park.[3] The National Jet Boat Association holds races at the lake throughout the year.


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


Lake Ming is a reservoir used for recreation purposes and owned by the Kern County Parks and Recreation Department.[2] Its height is 18 feet (5.5 m) with a length of 4,700 feet (1,400 m). Normal storage is 790 acre feet (970 dam3). It drains an area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2). It has a surface area of 104 acres (42 ha). Other facilities located at the lake include picnic areas, restrooms, drinking fountains, and parking around the southern end. There is also playground equipment at the southeast end of the lake.[1][3] There is also an additional large picnic area located on top of a small hill east of the lake. Further east is a 28-acre (11 ha) campground.[3] It has 50 camp sites, each containing a picnic table and fire ring. A dump site and restroom are also available.

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  1. ^ a b c County of Kern Parks and Recreation. (2011). Lake ming. Retrieved from website:
  2. ^ a b Topographic map reservoir features in kern county, california. (2012). Retrieved from
  3. ^ a b c Kern County Parks and Recreation. (2011). Kern river campground. Retrieved from

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