South Lake, Kern County, California

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 2,887 feet (880 m).[1]

South Lake
South Lake is located in California
South Lake
South Lake
Location in California
South Lake is located in the United States
South Lake
South Lake
Location within the United States
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
CountyKern County
Elevation880 m (2,887 ft)
Guide sign at the east extent of South Lake.

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]

In 2016, the community was devastated by the 43,000-acre Erskine fire, which burned over 100 mobile home trailers and houses to the ground in a 1-square-mile area, killing two.[1]


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 portion of the Kern River 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 United States Geological Survey (1989). Weldon, California (Map). 7.5-minute Quadrangle. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey.
  6. ^ Fire station is described on the local fire fighter's union Archived 2007-12-26 at the Wayback Machine web page. It is also shown in many local and federal public records.