Lake of the Woods, California

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Lake of the Woods is an unincorporated area and census-designated place (CDP) 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.



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.

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.


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]

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