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Lake of the Woods
Location in Kern County and the state of California
Location in Kern County and the state of California
Country  United States
State  California
County Kern
 • Total 3.523 sq mi (9.123 km2)
 • Land 3.522 sq mi (9.122 km2)
 • Water 0.001 sq mi (0.002 km2)  0.017%
5,121 ft (1,561 m)
 • Total 917
 • Density 260.29/sq mi (100.52/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)

Lake of the Woods is an unincorporated area and census-designated place (CDP) in southwestern Kern County, California.

The community is in Cuddy Canyon of the San Emigdio Mountains, along the Ventura and Kern County line. It is within the Los Padres National Forest.

The name Lake of the Woods was bestowed by pioneer Mrs. Florence Cuddy, when the community was established in 1925. The reservoir for which it was named has been dry since 1962, when its dam burst.



The 2010 United States Census reported that Lake of the Woods had a population of 917. The population density was 260.3 people per square mile (100.5/km²). The racial makeup of Lake of the Woods was 820 (89.4%) White, 3 (0.3%) African American, 18 (2.0%) Native American, 11 (1.2%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 34 (3.7%) from other races, and 31 (3.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 123 persons (13.4%).

The Census reported that 917 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 405 households, out of which 107 (26.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 188 (46.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 29 (7.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 24 (5.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 22 (5.4%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 1 (0.2%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 140 households (34.6%) were made up of individuals and 52 (12.8%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26. There were 241 families (59.5% of all households); the average family size was 2.95.

The population was spread out with 182 people (19.8%) under the age of 18, 75 people (8.2%) aged 18 to 24, 192 people (20.9%) aged 25 to 44, 348 people (37.9%) aged 45 to 64, and 120 people (13.1%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.7 years. For every 100 females there were 113.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.7 males.

There were 480 housing units at an average density of 136.3 per square mile (52.6/km²), of which 274 (67.7%) were owner-occupied, and 131 (32.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.1%. 594 people (64.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 323 people (35.2%) lived in rental housing units.


As of the census 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 at large. The vacancies may be attributed to some homes' being used only seasonally, or on the weekends.


Kern Regional Transit provides bus service to Lake of the Woods Thursdays and 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 from the latter to Greyhound and Amtrak.

Road access from the east is provided by Frazier Mountain Park Road, which connects Lake of the Woods to Frazier Park, Lebec, and Interstate 5. Cuddy Valley Road heads west to Pinon Pines and Pine Mountain Club.

Public facilities

Lake of the Woods is served by the Frazier Park post office.

Cuddy Hall, owned by the local Lake of the Woods 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 is used as a polling place and is rented out for weddings, parties, concerts, and other events.

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