The Island District is located several miles northwest of Lemoore and covers an area of about 35 square miles. It is nestled in a triangular shaped area beginning on the east with the branching of the South and North Forks of the main Kings River. The North Fork travels west eventually turning northwest and forms the northern border of the Island while the South Fork flows westerly and then turns south to the Tulare Lake Basin. The western boundary of the triangle is the Crescent Bypass which connects the North Fork and the South Fork before each then goes their own way once again. The Crescent Bypass is used to relieve some pressure from the North Fork when needed sending partial flows to join the existing current in the South Fork. To leave the central area of the Island you must cross one of nine bridges over the three waterways.
The area is very diverse in terms of people, crops, animals, and natural scenery but bound by a common community. People from all walks of life live here in the Island District as even though it is rural agriculture it is also home of the Lemoore Naval Air Station located just on the other side of the Crescent Bypass. You could say the LNAS, and the Island are close neighbors and many in our community have roots from the Navy for several generations. Families in their first generation have migrated here because of the school and way of life and families for six generations have stayed here for the same reasons.
Even though the exact number of bird species in the area is not known neighbors point out if there are more than 600 known species in California, we have our share of those. The area is alive with many types of mammals including fox, coyote, beaver, raccoon, opossum, and the list goes on. More than 300 crops and agriculture commodities are produced in the region including dairy, goats, sheep, hogs, horses, apiary, grains, vegetables, nuts, fruit, and fiber. The island District has many small and medium size specialty ranches for the raising and breeding of sheep, goats, pigs, dairy and horses. Due to the number of crops in the area that need bee pollination several family-owned beekeepers take care of those needs and produce amazing flavors of local honey.