A Carrizo Plain National Monument sign stands in a large valley with mountains in the background.
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Rafting the Kern River Three Pump Jacks, Midway-Sunset Oilfield Painted Rock. Carrizo Plain National Monument. Poppy Piedras Blancas Lightstation, San Simeon
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Recreation Program Management


The 600,00 acres of public lands managed by the Bakersfield Field Office offer unlimited recreation opportunities.  They range from the historic Piedras Blancas Light Station (designated an Outstanding Natural Area) on the coast to the isolated and remote environments in designated Wilderness in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Bakersfield's territory is divided into the Extensive Recreation Management Area (ERMA) and several Special Recreation Management Areas (SRMAs.)  The ERMA has dispersed recreation opportunities and primarily custodial management.  The SRMAs are the intensively visited and highest priority sites, which are directly managed for the benefits and outcomes they may provide. 


LINKS TO SPECIAL RECREATION MANAGEMENT AREAS

Lamont Pinnacles as seen from the Chimney Peak SRMA.

The Chimney Peak Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA) provides a remote setting for personal discovery and primitive forms of recreation.  It offers outstanding opportunities to experience solitude in one of its four Wilderness Areas, as well as wold class hiking along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.

Rider tackles an advanced terrain problem

The Keyesville SRMA offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities, including white-water rafting, Off Hiway Vehicle use, camping, horseback riding, hiking and recreational gold mining.  It offers high quality recreation experiences within a few hours drive of the Los Angeles, Fresno, and Inland Empire metropolitan areas.

Scene from the San Joaquin River Gorge

The San Joaquin River cuts a magnificent gorge as it drains the Sierra Nevada mountains.  The                    San Joaquin River Gorge SRMA offers a broad choice of recreation opportunities, including camping, hiking, cycling, fishing and horseback riding.  Nearby schools enjoy student learning experiences with Native American ways, living history and nature study.

  Rapids on the North Fork of the Kaweah River

The North Fork SRMA spans the North Fork of the Kaweah River, near the town of Three Rivers.  Its topographic variation, rugged rocky terrain and vegetative variety combine to create areas of seclusion.  The recreation sites are currently closed to public access as of September, 2010.  Studies continue on when they will reopen; watch the North Fork Web Page for an announcement.


Links

Special Recreation Permits

California State Recreation

Bakersfield Field Office

Recreation Program

 Recreation Opportunities:
South Sierra

Carrizo Plain 
National Monument


Piedras Blancas Outstanding Natural Area

Point Sal

Recreation Activities:
South Sierra

Valley

Coast

For additional information,    go to the 
1997 Caliente RMP
(Resource Management Plan)


Archaeological/Cultural
 



 


Contact Information

Outdoor Recreation Planner 

 

Bureau of Land Management

Bakersfield Field Office

3801 Pegasus Drive

Bakersfield, CA 93308

(661) 391 6000  

 

 


LINKS TO OTHER RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES


South Sierra Area


Valley Area


Coast Area

Scene from Long Valley Loop in the Chimney Peak SRMA

South Sierra
Management
Area
 

Carrizo Plain National Monument logo

Carrizo Plain
National
 Monument

Piedras Blancas Light Station logo

Piedras Blancas Outstanding
Natural Area
 

       
Campgrounds:

       
Campgrounds:

California Coastal National Monument logo

California
Coastal
National
Monument

  Chimney Creek,

Long Valley,

Walker Pass

 KCL,

Selby

Sand and vegetation at Point Sal

 Point Sal Area
of Critical
Environmental
Concern