South Lake, Kern County, California

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South Lake
Unincorporated community
South Lake is located in California
South Lake
South Lake
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°38′01″N 118°21′23″W / 35.63361°N 118.35639°W / 35.63361; -118.35639Coordinates: 35°38′01″N 118°21′23″W / 35.63361°N 118.35639°W / 35.63361; -118.35639
Country United States
State California
County Kern County
Elevation[1] 2,887 ft (880 m)
Guide sign at the east extent of South Lake.

South Lake is an unincorporated community in the Kern River Valley, in Kern County, California.[1] It is located 4.5 miles (7.2 km) west-southwest of Weldon,[2] at an elevation of 2887 feet (880 m).[1]

South Lake is located along the south shore of Lake Isabella. A CalTrans G9-2 guide sign posted along SR178 identifies the population as 160. The community uses the Weldon, California ZIP Code of 93283, and is contained within Area code 760.


According to the National Register for Historic Places, a Tübatulabal tribal settlement existed in this area circa 1499.[3]


This populated place has a US Geological Survey (USGS), National Geographic Names Database feature ID of either 1867057 (current) or 1661474 (in older editions). Elevation above mean sea level is shown as 2,887 feet (880 m).[4]

South Lake, California is located along SR178 between Bella Vista and Mountain Mesa. The community is in the South Fork Valley.[5]

Kern County Fire Department, "South Lake" Station 71 is located at 9000 Navajo Ave. The station is identified as part of organizational unit "Battalion 7." [6]

South of town, Goat Ranch Canyon extends into the Paiute Mountains.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: South Lake, Kern County, California
  2. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1108. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ The Register identifies the site as #80000803 and it was added to the Register in 1980.
  4. ^ Per USGS Geonames server.
  5. ^ a b Weldon, California, 7.5-minute Quadrangle, US Geological Survey, 1989.
  6. ^ Fire station is described on the local fire fighter's union web page. It is also shown in many local and federal public records.