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Buena Vista Lake was a fresh-water lake in Kern County, California, in the Tulare Lake Basin in the southern San Joaquin Valley, California.

Buena Vista Lake
Tulare Lake 1874.jpg
LocationSan Joaquin Valley
Kern County, California
Coordinates35°11′31″N 119°17′40″W / 35.19191°N 119.294557°W / 35.19191; -119.294557Coordinates: 35°11′31″N 119°17′40″W / 35.19191°N 119.294557°W / 35.19191; -119.294557
Typedry lake
Primary inflowsKern River
Connecting Slough
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area60 to 150 square miles (160 to 390 km2)
Average depth3.3 m (11 ft)
Surface elevation88 m (289 ft)

Buena Vista Lake was the second largest of several similar lakes in the Tulare Lake basin, and was fed by the waters of the Kern River. The Kern River's flow went into Buena Vista Lake southwest through the site of Bakersfield via its main distributary channels or south through the Kern River Slough distributary into Kern Lake and then into Buena Vista Lake via Connecting Slough.

In times when Buena Vista Lake overflowed it first backed up into Kern Lake making one large lake. When this larger lake overflowed it flowed out through the Buena Vista Slough and Kern River channel northwest of Buena Vista Lake through tule marshland and Goose Lake, into Tulare Lake.

Today Lake Webb and Lake Evans occupy the lakebed on the northern shore of the former Buena Vista Lake.[2]

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Buena Vista Lake
  2. ^ George Gilbert Lynch, THE LATE, GREAT, BUENA VISTA LAKE, Historic Kern, Quarterly Bulletin, Volume 59, No. 3, Kern County Historical Society, Bakersfield, Fall - 2009]

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