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Welcome to the Lodge and Resort

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Kayaking on the Kern River

 

Its purity unrefined takes you back in time

 

The Resort originated as the OK Placer Mine Claim back in 1904 after homesteaders and settlers came to Eastern Kern County to pan for their fortune during the early stages of the Gold Rush Era.  The Kern River Canyon was home to numerous resorts and bath houses featuring natural mineral springs.  The mineral water was believed to cure many ailments and the Native Indians felt the natural springs were a place of peace and healing. 

 The profitability of the mineral water was significant to the conversion of the mine into what was then called The Democrat Springs Health Resort.  The resort named in honor of the local reigning political party was a place of relaxation and recreational activities such as tennis, deer hunting and trout fishing.  The resort grew to become a weekend getaway for those traveling through central California outlasting numerous bath house competitors of the area. With a fifteen room hotel and cottages to house one hundred guests and known for its western hospitality, the resort offered entertainment, dining and accommodation.  

 

 

 


 

 

 

Closed to the public for more than thirty years, the resort is once again ready to be brought to life for private events.  Preservation to its original natural charm is key to its proprietors.   

 

DEMOCRAT HOT SPRINGS  A PRIVATE RESORT

30401 Hwy 178,  P.O. Box 213

      Bakersfield, CA 93301       

        P. 661.872.7072      F. 661.871.6163