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Lake of the Woods, California
—  Unincorporated area  —
Location in Kern County and the state of California
Pink area is Lake of the Woods and nearby Frazier Park, both of them in zip code 93225. Click for a larger image.
Coordinates: 34°49′03″N 118°59′47″W / 34.8175°N 118.99639°W / 34.8175; -118.99639Coordinates: 34°49′03″N 118°59′47″W / 34.8175°N 118.99639°W / 34.8175; -118.99639
Government
 - N/A
 - Senate Roy Ashburn (R)
 - Assembly Jean Fuller (R)
 - U. S. Congress Kevin McCarthy (R)
Elevation [1] 1,561 m (5,121 ft)

Lake of the Woods is an unincorporated area in Kern County, California. The population was 833 at the 2000 census. The community is contained in Cuddy Canyon along the Ventura and Kern County line inside the Los Padres National Forest. It is served by the Frazier Park, California, post office. The name was bestowed by pioneer Mrs. Florence Cuddy when the community was established in 1925.

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Population

Source for this information was American FactFinder. See the census map in the box above.

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 833 people, 346 households, and 217 families in Lake of the Woods, 88 percent of the residents being white — significantly higher than the population of the United States as a whole — which has a population about 75 percent white. There were no African-Americans included in the Lake of the Woods census.

Western Lake of the Woods, with Lockwood Valley Road and Lakewood Drive in the center. The buildings at bottom front on Frasier Mountain Park Road. Click the image for a larger photo.

The population was somewhat older than the country as a whole, the median age being 39 years in Lake of the Woods and 35 years elsewhere. The community had a higher percentage of veterans: One hundred sixteen residents had served in the armed forces, or 20 percent, compared with 13 percent in the rest of the country. Thirty-eight percent of all residents, or 305 people, were disabled; that is higher than the 19 percent disabled population in the country at large.

In common with some of the other Mountain Communities of the Tejon Pass, Lake of the Woods had a significant vacancy rate when the census was taken in March 2000 — 129 of the 475 housing units were unoccupied, compared with just 9 percent in the nation a large. The vacancies may be attributed to some homes' being used only seasonally, or on the weekends.

To compare these census figures with the other Mountain Communities of the Tejon Pass, click here.

Transportation

Kern Regional Transit provides bus service Mondays through Saturdays during the summer to Frazier Park, Lebec, Pinon Pines, and Pine Mountain Club. It offers a dial-a-ride service all year. Connections can be made in Frazier Park or Lebec to a scheduled service to Grapevine and Bakersfield and further connection there to Greyhound and Amtrak.[3]

Public facilities

Cuddy Hall, owned by the local property owners association, is a community center that is available to the public. It was sold to the association in 1959 by Mrs. Cuddy for just $10. It's used as a polling place and is rented out for weddings, parties, concerts, and other events. [4]

See also

The Mountain Enterprise newspaper, which circulates in Lake of the Woods and the surrounding area.

References

Sources

  • Bailey, Richard C., Kern County Place Names, (Bakersfield, California: Merchant's Printing and Lithography Co., 1967).
  • US Geological Survey 7.5-minute quadrangle, "Frazier Mountain, California" (1995).

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