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Bass Lake

Bass Lake is one of California's great family vacation lakes, complete with all kinds of boating and water sports, beaches, well maintained National Forest campgrounds, a variety of resorts from simple cabins to luxury accommodations.

Bass Lake is big enough for water skiing and personal watercraft and yet small enough to retain the feel of a small, welcoming community.

Bass Lake is located less than 20 miles south of Yosemite National Park and directly east of Merced. The lake is owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.


Bass Lake is one of California's best small mountain lakes for boating. Free boat launch facilities are located at the south end of the lake at the Wishon Boat Launch. There is a fee charged for boating based on the horsepower of the watercraft.


Bass Lake has several marinas which offer launch ramps, mooring, and boat rentals.


Bass Lake has 16 different species of fish. Anglers most often head to the lake in search of Kokanee salmon, trout, bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish.


Most of the land around Bass Lake is part of the Sierra National Forest. There are five campgrounds on the south side of the lake. There are also two group campsites.


Bass Lake has several resorts, some which offer cabins, others which have luxury suites. Besides the resorts there a number of private vacation homes around the lake which may be rented. Most motels and bed and breakfasts are in nearby Oakhurst.


Bass Lake is one of the most beautiful of California's leading recreation lakes. A dense pine forest surrounds the lake, while rows of picturesque mountains rise around it. Bass Lake has a special ambiance that can't be measured by the number of marinas or resorts. It's a place that people come to feel a part of, a place they return to year after year.

Nearby Communities

The nearby town of Chester, population 2,000, provides all the needed services with plenty of restaurants, motels, and stores. Smaller communities like Hamilton Branch and Canyon Dam also can be a source of basic supplies.

Other Recreation

Less than ten miles away, Oakhurst is the only town close to Bass Lake. It has a Community Medical Center, stores, restaurants, and other small town businesses. To the south are the little communities of North Fork and South Fork. Fresno is 50 miles to the south, while Yosemite Valley is about 45 miles to the north.


Bass Lake Facts
Lake Size: 1,170 acres
Maximum Depth: 98 feet
Length: 4 miles
Shoreline: 14 miles
Dam Construction: 1910
Reservoir Owner: P G & E
Maximum Lake Elevation: 3,376 feet
Average Air Temperatures
  spring: 68 º
  summer: 93 º
  fall: 84 º
  winter: 56 º
Summer Water Temperature: 80 º


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Recreation Opportunities
Near Bass Lake

Bass Lake is close to a number of attractions worthy of a day-long outing.


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