Bass Lake, CA Area Guide

Bass Lake and the surrounding communities of Oakhurst, Coarsegold, Mariposa and North Fork offer visitors an abundance of beautiful scenery and year-round activities for the entire family. Enjoy fresh mountain air, clear blue skies by day and star filled skies by night. Our area offers four distinct seasons! Seasons consist of bright sunny summer days, rich autumn colors, soft and silent winter snow and vibrant spring blossoms. We are nestled among the Ponderosa Pines, Oak and Cedar trees.

Bass Lake is located near the southern boundary of Yosemite National Park, approximately 3,500 feet in elevation. Bass Lake is the warmest high sierra lake in central California. Summer water temperatures range between 72 and 80 degrees. These warm temperatures provide ideal conditions for jet skiing, swimming, water skiing, pleasure boating and fishing.

There are 29 different species of fish in Bass Lake! Bring your rod and reel, kick back, relax and try your luck! Fish during the Annual Bass Lake Fishing Derby for a chance to win the $10,000.00 prize!

Don't miss the July 4th "Parade of Boats" and enjoy an exciting fireworks show over Bass Lake!

There are many year round activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Ride your mountain bike, hike the trails, "go climb a rock" to quote the Yosemite Mountaineering School. Ride a horse, enjoy local swimming pools or hit the tennis courts. There are three golf courses in our area. The "Historic Wawona" golf course just inside Yosemite National Park is gorgeous!

Many people love to visit Bass Lake during the winter season. Snuggle up by the fire with a good book or a glass of wine, tour the high country by snowmobile, or take a day trip to Yosemite to experience world-class skiing at Badger Pass. Badger Pass, California's oldest ski resort and the only ski resort in a national park, offers nordic (cross country) skiing, snow play areas, alpine (downhill) skiing and guided snowshoe walks.

Experience a day trip to Yosemite Valley to view some of the wonders of the world! Spring is the ideal time to view the magnificent water falls. Yosemite Falls is the highest water fall in the world! Spectacular El Capitan is the largest piece of exposed granite in the world; five times larger than the Rock of Gibraltar. Ice skate outdoors (winter) in Curry Village, dine at the world famous Ahwahnee Hotel, raft the Merced River in the summer. The Merced River is the fastest river in North America. The river drops 8,500 feet in elevation in just 13 miles! In the evening you may enjoy a "Ranger fireside chat!"

To experience a memorable family vacation visit Bass Lake! Families return to vacation with us every year! Stay with us and join that happy group of families.


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Area Golf Courses

River Creek Golf Course & Restaurant
41709 Road 600
Ahwahnee CA  93601
(559) 683-5600
Sierra Meadows Golf Course & Country Club
46516 Opah Drive
Ahwahnee CA  93601
(559) 642-1343
Wawona Hotel & Golf Course
Wawona, Yosemite National Park
(209) 375-6572

Art Galleries

David Ashcraft Gallery
(559) 683-3375
Brumley Art Gallery
Pines Village, Bass Lake
(559) 692-2787
Burning Brush Art Studio & Gallery
North Fork, CA
(559) 877-4195
Good Ol' Daze 
Pines Village, Bass Lake
(559) 642-6161
Stavast Studio Gallery
Oakhurst, CA
(559) 683-0611
Stellar Gallery
Oakhurst, CA
(559) 658-8844
Timberline Art Gallery
Oakhurst, CA
(559) 683-3345
Williams Gallery West
Oakhurst, CA
(559) 683-5551

Bass Lake, CA Boat Rentals & Marinas

The Forks Marina & General Store
39150 Road 222
Bass Lake CA  93604
(559) 642-3737
Miller's Landing Resort & Marina
37976 Road 222
Wishon CA  93669
(559) 642-3633
Bass Lake Boat Rentals & Water Sports
at the Pines Marina
Pines Village, Bass Lake
(559) 642-3367

Local Casinos

Chukchansi Gold Casino & Resort
711 Lucky Lane
Coarsegold CA  93614
(866) 794-6946
Table Mountain Casino
8184 Table Mountain Road
Friant CA  93626
(800) 541-3637

Madera Wine Trail


Vineyard 208
N/E Corner Highway 41 and Road 208
O'Neals, CA
(559) 822-8208
Westbrook Wine Farm
49610 House Ranch Road
O'Neals, CA
(559) 868-3499
Quady Winery
13181 Road 24
Madera, CA
(800) 733-8068
Pacific Crest
33137 Avenue 9
Madera, CA
(559) 674-4996
Birdstone Winery
9400 Road 36
Madera, CA
(559) 645-1825
Chateau Lasgoity
11219 Road 26
Madera, CA
(559) 674-8291
Ficklin Vineyards
30246 Avenue 7 1/2
Madera, CA
(559) 674-4598
Oak Hollow Winery
9505-A Road 30 1/2
Madera, CA
(559) 675-8826
Golden Valley Wine
11770 Road 27 1/2
Madera, CA
(559) 675-1723


Museums & Historic Sites


California State Mining & Mineral Museum
Mariposa, CA
(209) 742-7625
Children's Museum of the Sierra
Oakhurst, CA
(559) 658-5656
Coarsegold Historic Village
Coarsegold, CA
(559) 683-3900
Fresno Flats Historical Park
Oakhurst, CA
(559) 683-6570
Kings Vintage Museum
Oakhurst, CA
(559) 658-6999
Mariposa Museum & History Center
Mariposa, CA
(209) 966-2924
Sierra Mono Indian Museum
North Fork, CA
(559) 877-2115
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
Fish Camp, CA
(559) 683-7273


Real Estate-Bass Lake, CA Homes for Sale

CENTURY 21 Ditton Realty
54299 North Shore Road 432
Bass Lake CA  93604
(559) 642-2299

Seasonal Activities

Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides
High Sierra Tours
(800) 231-4575
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
(559) 683-7273
Yosemite Trails Horseback Riding
(559) 683-7611
Bader Pass Ski Resort
(209) 372-1000
Snowmobile Tours by Bass Lake
Boat Rentals
(559) 642-3367


Sightseeing Tours

Crossroads Tours
(559) 683-7113
Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides
(800) 231-4575
Yosemite and Beyond Tours
(559) 641-6789
Yosemite Sightseeing Tours
(559) 683-8687

Tourist & Visitor Information

Caltrans Highway Information
(800) 427-ROAD
Sierra National Forest
(877) 444-6777
Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau
(559) 683-4636
Yosemite National Park
(209) 372-0200

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Bass Lake?

Bass Lake is located in Central California, 1 hour north of Fresno off of Highway 41, 20 minutes south of Yosemite National Park.

How large is Bass Lake?

Bass Lake is approximately 4 miles long and 1/2 mile at it's widest point.  Depth is about 140 feet at it's deepest point near the dam.

We've never stayed in a vacation home before.  What do we bring?

All of our homes are equipped and furnished to accommodate the maximum occupancy allowed.  Vacationer's must provide their own linens (sheets, kitchen & bath towels, beach towels) and paper products.  Arrangements may be made in advance for linen rental.  If you wish to arrange for linen rental please contact our office for pricing.  Rentals must be finalized at least two weeks prior to your arrival date.

Where do we check in and get keys?

Please check in at our office, CENTURY 21 Ditton Realty, 54299 North Shore Road 432.  We are just outside of the Pines Village on Road 432 next door to Casa Castillo's Mexican Restaurant.

What time may we check in?

Check in time is at 3:00 pm.    Unfortunately, we do not issue keys prior to 3:00 pm.

We will be arriving late.  How do we get our keys?

After hours check in is available with prior notice.  Please call our office to make arrangements. 

What time is check out?

Check out time is 10:00 am.  Late check-out is not an option.

We would like to bring our boat.  Are there slips and marina facilities available?

Most of our vacation homes are rented with boat slips on community docks and the majority of our lakefront homes have private docking facilites.  If the home you select does not have a slip or dock available you may arrange for a slip with one of the marinas.  There are three marina facilities on the lake which offer boat slips, supplies and fuel (The Forks Resort, Miller's Landing and The Pines Marina).

Where may we launch our boat?

The Pines Marina has a launch ramp you may use (fee for launching), below the Pines Village.  There is also a community launch ramp on the south shore of the lake near the dam (fee for launching). 

Do we have to register our boat?

Yes.  Once you have launched your boat you must proceed to the Sheriff's Tower to register your boat.  Registration fees are based on horsepower.  Please call the Madera County Sheriff's Office (559) 642-3606 or (559) 642-3201 for more information.

We are interested in purchasing property at Bass Lake.  Do you have REALTORS that can assist us?

Absolutely.  Give our Sales Department at call at (559) 642-2299 or visit our Real Estate website at to browse our property inventory.

Is there any good fishing at Bass Lake?

You bet!  Bass Lake is home to numerous species of fish including Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Kokanee, Catfish and Trout.  During the summer months there is a 5 mph speed limit on the lake from 8pm to 8am, allowing anglers to fish the entire lake.  From 8am to 8pm fishing may still be enjoyed in the coves and bays.

May we bring our family pet?

We have several homes that are pet friendly with an additional security deposit. However, if you are renting one of our "non-pet" homes please be considerate to the home owners  and arrange for alternative accommodations for your pet while you are vacationing with us.  Graydon Kennel in Coarsegold is an excellent facility on your way to Bass Lake.

How far is Yosemite National Park from Bass Lake?

The south entrance to Yosemite National Park on Highway 41 is only 12 miles from Bass Lake.  The valley floor is approximately 26 miles from the Highway 41 entrance.

Was the movie "The Great Outdoors" filmed here?

Yes.  Much of the footage in "The Great Outdoors" was filmed here at Bass Lake in 1987.  Other movies shot at Bass Lake include "Leave Her to Heaven" 1945, "Hiawatha" 1957, "Meatballs 4", "Mouse Hunt" 1997 (North Fork) and  "The Giant of Thunder Mountain".  In addition, numerous commercials have been produced in and around Bass Lake for Wells Fargo, Coors,  Cadillac, Honda, Chrysler and Isuzu.

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Each office is independently owned and operated.

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