490 West D Street
Tehachapi, CA 93561
661-822-3228 (office)
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Brite Lake

Brite Lake

Click photo to view larger imageChannel Catfish at Brite LakeLocation: 22902 Banducci Road (View map)
Phone: 661-822-8047

Owned by the Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District and operated by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District the Brite Lake Aquatic Recreation Area is located amongst some of Tehachapi’s most beautiful natural scenery. In addition to year-round recreation including camping, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing, Brite Lake is also the site of TVRPD’s Fishing Derby, Astronomy Club Star Parties, and other regional events!

The park offers both RV campground hook-ups and tent sites, as well as restrooms with showers. Picnic pavilions, fish cleaning stations and a dock are available all year long.

All overnight camping is first-come first-serve, reservations are not accepted.

Special note:
Brite Valley Aquatic Recreation Area provides the Greater Tehachapi Area with domestic and agriculture water supplies. Therefore, swimming, wading or any activity involving bodily contact with the water in the lake is prohibited. Continued use of the recreation area by the public is dependent upon the protection of the purity of the water for use as a domestic supply.

  • Entry Fees

    Annual Passes available at TVRPD District Office, 490 West D St, or at the Brite Lake Kiosk
    $5.00 per person, per day
      $100.00 Annual Pass
      $50.00 Annual Senior Pass (62 and older)

    All fishing access passes are non-refundable and expire December 31. Valid annual TVRPD passes grant access to permit holder and one guest. Permits must be visibly displayed on permit holders vehicle. TVRPD does not provide prorated passes. Anglers 16 years of age and older must possess a valid California Department of Fish and Wildlife Fishing License. No fishing fee is required for children 16 and under.

    Fish limit: 5 trout per person per day or 5 catfish per person per day

    Boat Launch $10.00 per day
      $30.00 Annual Pass
    No gasoline engines. Electric motors only.
    Day Use (Picnic Areas) $5.00 per vehicle, per day
    Walk-In Free  
    Bicycles Free  
    Passenger Bus $20.00 per bus, per day
  • Group Pavilions

    All Group Pavilions
    $125.00 rental fee + $100.00 security deposit

    Pavilion reservations and payment of fees must be made at least one week in advance at the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District Office, 490 West D Street, (661) 822-3228 (directions).

    Click photos to view larger imagePavilion 1 at Brite Lake, located closest to the horseshoe pits. Group Reservations available.Pavilion 2 at Brite Lake, located next to Pavilion 1 but closer to the lake. Group Reservations available.Pavilion 3 at Brite Lake, located at the far west end of the lake. Group Reservations available.

  • Camping

    All overnight camping is first-come first-serve, no reservations. Second day starts at 10:00 a.m.
    Reservations are available for large RV clubs - call 661-822-3228 x10 for information and reservation requirements.
    Overnight $ 20.00 Spaces 1-12: Electric & water hookups per night.
      $ 30.00 Spaces A-F: Full service electric, water & sewer per night.
    Tent Camping $ 15.00 All other spaces
    Dumping Fee Free For camp user
      $ 5.00 For non-camp user

    Click photos to view larger imageBrite Lake campsite in springBrite LakeBrite Lake Fishing Derby

  • Camp Hosts

    Our camp hosts collect fees from park users, keep the bathrooms clean, pick up litter, and perform light grounds maintenance. Phone at the lake is 661-822-8047.

    Ron & Carol Middleton

    Click photo to view larger imageBrite Lake camp hosts Ron & Carol MiddletonOur camp hosts for Brite Lake are Ron & Carol Middleton.

    Ron is a former IAFF Fire Fighter from Ohio where he was a driver-operator. Ron also worked as a workmen’s compensation representative, aiding fire fighters injured on the job, for local 480. Relocated to California and switched careers, becoming a purchase agent in the oil and gas industry involving the manufacturing of steam generators before retiring and becoming a camp host at Brite Lake. Ron believes his love for the outdoors started as a young man with Scouting, where he earned his “God and Country Award”. Hobbies used to be off roading, camping at Pismo, Yosemite and Kings Canyon. Ron still enjoys building custom cars and motorcycles.

    Carol was a full time Mom raising two boys while being a full time leasing agent for rental properties both in Bakersfield and in Camarillo. Carol enjoys working with the public, horseback riding and crafts.

    Ron and Carol have both fallen in love with Tehachapi and its uniqueness. They have found working with Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District to be a wonderful experience and thanks to everyone who makes it all work.

    TVRPD would like to thank our camp hosts Ron & Carol Middleton for all their hard work at the Lake.

  • Regulations

    • No parking beyond cable barrier.
    • Horseback riders on designated trails and roads only. Clean up after your horse. Horses are not allowed in the lake.
    • Pets are allowed at the lake provided they are controlled by a leash, but they are not allowed in boats or beyond the cable barrier. Please clean up after your dog!
    • Camp fires in fire rings only.
    • Motorcross bicycles, cross-country biking, and ATV's are not allowed.
    • The discharge of all weapons or firearms, including bows and arrows, spears, BB guns, pellet guns and sling shots, is prohibited.
    • Quiet time is from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
    • Camp Hosts are on-site.

Map & Directions

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