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Brite Valley Aquatic Recreation Area

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Location: 22902 Banducci Road (map)
Camp Host Phone: 661-221-2832 — 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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Owned by the Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District and operated by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation & 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.

  • Camping/RV Fees include one passenger vehicle access per site, per day. Additional vehicles require daily vehicle access/parking fees.
  • For camp site reservations, please contact the camp host at 661-221-2832 — 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

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.

  • Pay all use fees prior to entering Brite Lake Aquatic Recreation Area.
  • Vehicular traffic is confined to designated roads. Speed limit is 10 MPH.
  • Parking is limited to designated areas only.
  • Off Highway Vechicle use strictly prohibited.
  • Possession of firearms and weapons strictly prohibited.
  • Quiet time is 10:00 PM - 6:00 AM.
  • Camp fires are confined to camp fire rings.
  • Camp Hosts available 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM (unless otherwise posted).
  • Swimming and/or bodily contact with lake water is prohibited.
  • Paddleboards are prohibited.
  • Anglers 16+ must possess a valid California Department of Fish & Wildife Fishing License.

Fish (bag) limit
5 trout per person per day,
Catch and release bass,
OR 5 catfish per person per day

Walk In
Free Non-camp day use
Motorized Vehicle $5.00 One entry day use fee (passenger car, truck, or motorcycle)
  $20.00 Per day (passenger bus)
  $125.00 Annual Pass
  $75.00 Annual Senior Pass (62 and older)
  $25.00 Replace a lost or stolen Brite Lake annual pass
Anglers 16 years of age and older must possess a valid California Department of Fish and Wildlife Fishing License.
Boat Launch $5.00 One entry, per day
  $35.00 Annual Pass
Additional $1 fee for all credit or debit card transactions. No refunds.
No gasoline engines. Electric motors only.
Annual Passes available at the Brite Lake Kiosk
Annual passes are non-refundable. Permits must be visibly displayed on permit holders vehicle. TVRPD does not provide prorated passes.

Group Pavilion Rentals

All Group Pavilions Without power: $75.00/day reservation fee + $75.00 cleaning deposit
With power: $100.00/day reservation fee + $75.00 cleaning deposit
Includes entry fees for up to 15 vehicles. More than 15 will be additional $5 entry per car.

Pavilion reservations and payment of fees must be made at least two weeks in advance at the TVRPD District Office, 490 West D Street, (661) 822-3228 (directions).

Pavilion 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.
* Check out time is 12:00 noon.
* Campers are allowed to stay 21 days consecutively, proceeded by a 7-day break
* Maximum days in a calendar year to camp is 42 days
* Maximum per camp site: 2 tents, or 1 tent and 1 RV, plus 2 cars
* 3 licensed, domesticated animals per site. Pets must be leashed at all times. Clean up after pets.
Dump station is available at Brite Lake and:
Mountain Valley RV Park, 16334 Harris Rd.
Love’s Travel Stop, 2000 E Tehachapi Blvd.
Overnight $ 35.00/night Spaces 7-18: Electric & water hookups
  $ 45.00/night Spaces 1-6: Full service electric, water & sewer
Tent Camping $ 30.00/night Spaces 19-48
Transaction Fee $ 3.50 Per transaction
Cancellation/Refund Policy A camping refund and/or credit will be issued if given a week notice before scheduled arrival. No refund or credit will be issued within the week.
Camping at Brite Lake
Brite Lake campsite in spring
Brite Lake
Brite Lake Fishing Derby

Camp Hosts

Our camp hosts take camp site reservations by phone, collect fees from park users, keep the bathrooms clean, pick up litter, and perform light grounds maintenance. Phone at the lake is 661-221-2832 — 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM.