Importance of Water and Creation of Brite Lake
In 1971 voters approved a $6.5 million loan and a $2.5 million bond issue so that the Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District could finance a water importation project. The Brite Valley storage reservoir, commonly known today as Brite Lake, was created to hold the Feather River water brought into the Tehachapi are by a 33 mile pipeline from the California aqueduct system in the San Joaquin Valley.
By 1973, the serious depletion of the water basins resulted in water rationing within the City of Tehachapi. As water began to be imported, the basins began to recover. The communities of Stallion Springs and Bear Valley Springs were included within the district, subjecting the newly included communities to an increase in property tax assessments
In addition to performing its function as a reservoir, a park surrounding Brite Lake offers picnic areas with tables and barbeque grills with tent camping and RV sites. A dump station is available for campers, along with permanent restrooms and showers. No swimming, motorcross biking, or 4-wheeling is allowed.
The lake is stocked seasonally with a variety of fish. Boating is always welcome on the lake but only the hand, wind or electric powered variety. Other motors and engines are not allowed as the lake is reservoir and water purity is carefully monitored by the Water District staff.
Most of the 90 acres in the park have been left as a reserve of native vegetation for the deer, ducks, wild pigs, eagles and other wildlife that visit the area. A small entrance fee is charged.
Erected by Main Street Tehachapi, Tehachapi Heritage League, City of Tehachapi.
Location. 35° 7.785′ N, 118° 26.872′ W. Marker is in Tehachapi, California, in Kern County. Marker is on S Green Street, on the right when traveling north. Located in front of the Community Congregational Church which is on the corner of S Green and E Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: S Green Street, Tehachapi CA 93561, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2019, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 8, 2019, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.