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Buena Vista Lake
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Location San Joaquin Valley
Kern County, California
Type dry lake
Primary inflows Kern River
Connecting Slough
Basin countries United States
Surface area 60 to 150 square miles (160 to 390 km2)
Average depth 3.3 m (11 ft)
Surface elevation 88 m (289 ft)

Buena Vista Lake was a fresh-water lake in Kern County, California, in the Tulare Lake Basin in the southern San Joaquin Valley, California.

Buena Vista Lake was the second largest of several similar lakes in the Tulare Lake basin, and was fed by the waters of the Kern River. The Kern River's flow went into Buena Vista Lake southwest through the site of Bakersfield via its main distributary channels or south through the Kern River Slough distributary into Kern Lake and then into Buena Vista Lake via Connecting Slough.

In times when Buena Vista Lake overflowed it first backed up into Kern Lake making one large lake. When this larger lake overflowed it flowed out through the Buena Vista Slough and Kern River channel northwest of Buena Vista Lake through tule marshland and Goose Lake, into Tulare Lake.

Today Lake Webb and Lake Evans occupy the lakebed on the northern shore of the former Buena Vista Lake.

Tulamniu Indian Site

Tulamniu Indian Site
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A Buena Vista Yokuts - Tulamniu Indian
Location Marker is at Block House #BV4 North of Buena Vista Pumping Station
Official name: Tulamniu Indian Site
Designated September 6, 1941
Reference no. 374

On Buena Vista Lake south shores was the site of the Tulamniu Indians, that spoke Buena Vista Yokuts. The site is a California Historical Landmark number 374.

California Historical Landmark reads:

NO. 374 TULAMNIU INDIAN SITE - The old Yokuts village of Tulamniu was named Buena Vista by Spanish Commander Fages in 1772. Fr. Zalvidea again recorded the site in 1806. This village was occupied for several centuries, and in 1933-34 its site was excavated by the Smithsonian Institution.
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