Those of us who love lakes often connect them with the best memories of our childhoods.
My best childhood memories are of fishing, picnicking, and hunting Easter eggs by the small, manmade lake on the farm where I grew up.
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While there are numerous locations throughout the US that offer camping and other outdoor activities, one of the most popular places to spend a week or weekend is at one of the many magnificent lakes throughout the country. If you're looking for breathtaking views Lake Isabella, located in Kern County California, might just fit the bill.
Surrounded by mountains, this pristine lake offers visitors several outdoor activities, including boating, fishing and camping by the lake. Lake Isabella is a man made lake that was developed in the fifties to supply water to surrounding areas. The lake itself was once the location of the settlement town of Lake Isabella, which was re-located a few miles away.
Springtime temperatures vary significantly, but it is possible to find many warm and sunny days to enjoy activities like swimming, water sports and boating on the lake. When making plans to travel to Lake Isabella, its extremely important to check the weather forecast for the period of time you intend to visit the area. It is also important to remember that even on warm days, evening temperatures can dip into the 30's or 40's, so don't forget to pack a couple of warm sweaters and a jacket.
Each year a "Fishing Derby" is held from late march through early April with several prizes for the winning catches. This event is sponsored by the Kern River Chamber of Commerce and local businesses. 2012 prizes include several $10,000 prizes, as well as a $20,000 prize that will be doubled if the winner is wearing "an official 2012 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby T-shirt or Hoodie."
A raffle is also being sponsored by local businesses for a boat. Visitors come from all over California and the US to camp at one of several campgrounds available next to the lake. Keep in mind that spaces fill up quickly.
Across from Paradise Cove campground, which is directly on the lake, is a lodge that provides excellent accommodations, as well as a bar and full dining room. Down the road from the campground there is the tiny community of Mountain Mesa where you can fill up on gas as well as grocery items or even purchase a warm meal at the deli. There is also a small community hospital in Mountain Mesa as well a few small businesses.
The small town of Lake Isabella, just a few miles to the west, offers visitors a variety of different dining options, including several fast food establishments as well as local mom and pops stores and bars. It is also a place to restock on many essentials from food goods to camping equipment and the like.
Kernville, located 20 miles north of the lake offers a variety of shopping and dining options, including an Italian restaurant as well as more home-style eateries. Kernville is very popular with tourists, with several shops and outfitters caterings to visitors of the park and those looking for a white water rafting adventure on the Kern river.
Kernville has a number of gift shops as well as green spaces to have a picnic on the lawn or simply hook into the free local Wifi connection to check your email. Sequoia National Park, one of the most visited and awe inspiring parks in the country, is nearby. Visitors can take hiking trails and view the giant trees, is nearby.