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
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
http://century21dittonrealty.com/ 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.