Introduction to Woodlake, California

Woodlake, California, in Tulare county, is 12 miles NE of Visalia, California and 44 miles SE of Fresno, California. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Visalia-Tulare-Porterville metropolitan area with.

Woodlake History

The area now known as Woodlake was established by Gilbert F. Stevenson, a rich land developer from Southern California, in 1912. Stevenson played a great role initiating the development of the community. The city of Woodlake is located in Tulare County, which was founded in 1852. It was created from portions of Mariposa County. The county was named after Tulare Lake. It was once the largest freshwater lake to the west of Great Lakes.

Woodlake and Nearby Attractions

  • Sarah A. Mooney Memorial Museum.
  • Pixley National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Hanford Carnegie Museum.
  • Lake Kaweah Recreation Area.
  • Fort Roosevelt Natural Science and History Museum.
  • Jennie Lakes Wilderness.

Things To Do In Woodlake

The Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, the Devils Postpile National Monument and the Rainbow's End Theme Park are all nearby. The Oak Patch Golf Course is the local golf course. Local parks include the Jennie Lakes Wilderness, the Lake Kaweah Recreation Area and the Pixley National Wildlife Refuge.

Woodlake Transportation

Fresno Yosemite International is the nearest major airport.

Woodlake Higher Education

Bakersfield College, Reedley College and Fresno City College are the local colleges.


Total Population 7,525
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 7.8%
Employed Population 16+ 2,671
Age of the Population 27


% of people married 44.2%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 6.2%
Median Earnings25+ $20,929
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,692
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,583


Median Family Income $35,769
% Above Poverty Level 70.1%
% Below Poverty Level 29.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 0.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 11.3%
Median Gross Rent $611
Median House Value $118,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 85.4%
US/American 0.2%
English 1.5%
Irish 1.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Woodlake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles NE of Visalia, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 44 miles SE of Fresno, California
County Tulare
Metro Area Visalia - Tulare - Porterville
Standard Zip Codes 93286
Phone Area Codes 559
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.413
Longitude -119.097

Woodlake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.2 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 57 F
Apr Temp 47 to 77 F
Jul Temp 63 to 99 F
Oct Temp 51 to 82 F
Annual Precip 14.5 inches
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 59 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 65 to 100 F
Oct Temp 49 to 82 F
Annual Precip 24.3 inches
Distance 15 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 58 F
Apr Temp 45 to 77 F
Jul Temp 61 to 98 F
Oct Temp 47 to 81 F
Annual Precip 12.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Woodlake, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Elderwood (93286)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dinuba 23,243 $36,707
Exeter 10,481 $47,074
Farmersville 10,704 $36,081
Lindsay 12,980 $31,858
Orange Cove 9,565 $25,030
Visalia 127,842 $55,788

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Woodlake High Schools

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A Title I School.
Serves 750 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.7

A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 39 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 15 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

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