Visiting the China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division? Then China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division is located 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles on the western edge of California's Mojave Desert. The main gate is 7 miles east of US 395 at the intersection of CA 178 and North China Lake Boulevard. Ridgecrest is a city in Kern County, California, United States. It is located along U.S. Route 395 in the Indian Wells Valley in northeastern Kern County, adjacent to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (NAWS, or China Lake). The population was 27,616 at the 2010 census, up from 24,927 at the 2000 census.