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Old 05-01-2011, 01:25 AM   #1
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Lake Isabella, CA ?

anyone been there? i searched thru 10 plus pages and going cross eyed. thinking of going there this summer, just looking for info and if i should go or not.
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I'd give Isabella a pass. Much prettier spots in Ca.
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:00 AM   #3
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I'd give Isabella a pass. Much prettier spots in Ca.
I have to agree! Kind of barren as I remember. Also very windy
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I have to agree! Kind of barren as I remember. Also very windy
How far do you want to travel? There are some nice lakes higher up in the Sierra. Fishing is great at Wishon Village, or SoCal Edison outside Shaver Lake. Huntington Lake is a bit further. These are all east of Fresno. Patty and I are partial to Wishon, why less crowded than Shaver's SoCal Edison.
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Try Lake Cuyamaca in the mountains east of San Diego. Nice little campground.
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Avoid Lake Isabella, it's a dissappointment. I agree with the post abount Huntington and Shaver Lakes- those are fun and worthwhile trips.
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If you like to fish for trout, try Tuttle Creek in Lone Pine, a little primitive but for $7.00 a day who cares. It's a BLM campground. I think it's a hidden treasure as "She Who Must be Obeyed" calls it. The movie High Sierra was filmed in and around that area.
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thank you all for the replies and recommendations, i will definitely look into to a new location.
i have heard of shaver lake, heard good things about it.
the furthest i would travel right now would be about the same distance it is to lake isabella about 200 miles from orange county.
thanks again everyone for looking out.
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Old 05-01-2011, 12:16 PM   #9
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There is nothing wrong with Lake Isabella as long as you don't have lofty expectations. Fishing is not bad, it's on the Kern River, scenery is nice after you get out of Bakersfield.

But they are right if weather is hot, can be windy and dusty in the summer. But since you are in SoCal you know what high desert can be like.
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It's not on my list to revisit.
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Isabella, and the west/north fork of the Kern is a really nice place at pretty much any time of the year. HOWEVER...

The Army Corps of Engineers found an earthquake fault under one of the dams and has virtually drained the lake. No clue (can you say clueless) on when they are going fix the dam and get the community back in business.

Bakersfield is having a heyday with the Kern running through town again. Hopefully when the dam is fixed big-city politics won't keep the lake from getting filled.

If you are unwilling to drive much farther, then there are few choices - Castitas, Caustic, Piru, and the various lakes in the San Gabriels are the only options.
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