Bass Lake CA City Guide

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Bass Lake (Crane Valley Reservoir)

Located in the tall pines of the Eastern Madera County’s Sierra National Forest is one of California’s most frequented vacation spots, Bass Lake.

 

Bass Lake is located in the southern Sierra Nevada at approximately 3,500 feet in elevation.  This beautiful lake is approximately 4 ½ miles long and a ½ mile wide and is one of the only “warm water” lakes in California.  The lake’s main water source is the north fork of Willow Creek, a tributary of the San Joaquin River.

 

Crane Valley, originally a lush green meadow, was discovered by the Mariposa Battalion, led by Major J. D. Savage, while on maneuvers during the Indian wars of 1850 and 1951.  Bass Lake was created when a small dam was built in 1899.  A larger reservoir was formed in 1905 and work began on the present dam in 1909 as part of California’s first hydroelectric project.

 

Today, Bass Lake boasts a year-round population of about 2,195 and is a summer paradise for boating, camping, fishing and picnicking.  There are three full-service marinas (The Pines Marina, The Forks Resort and Miller’s Landing) on Bass Lake that offer boaters gasoline, grocery and deli, restaurants and moorage.  Well maintained campgrounds line the south shore of Bass Lake while the north shore hosts a thriving community of year-round and seasonal vacation homes.  Many homes and cabins are available to rent throughout the year.  Century 21 Ditton Realty in Bass Lake manages over 100 homes as part of their Vacation Rental program.

 

Yosemite National Park is only a short 14 mile drive north on Highway 41.  For high sierra adventure, take a drive up Beasore Road and explore the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway or visit one of the areas many back country lakes.  Iron, Grizzly, Bare Island and Chiquito Lakes are about an hours hike from trailheads located off of Beasore Road.  Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides offers guided tours of the high Sierra and back country.

 

The Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce sponsors the regions only Fourth of July Fireworks display and the annual Bass Lake Fishing Derby the first weekend in May.  Area residents and visitors alike can enjoy live music every Friday evening throughout the summer at Ducey’s Jazz on the Lake.  In addition, Bass Lake hosts a variety of community events throughout the year.  Visit the Bass Lake Chamber website for an annual event calendar.

Bass Lake Business Directory:


 

Service

Business Name

Phone #

Art Galleries

Brumley Art Gallery

692-2787

 

Good Ol Daze

642-6161

 

 

 

Barbers/Beauty Salons/Spas

Spa at the Pines

658-7463

 

 

 

Boat Rentals

Bass Lake Water Sports

642-3200

 

The Forks Resort

642-3737

 

Miller's Landing Resort

642-3633

 

Sierra Splash

642-2628

 

 

 

Campgrounds/RV Resorts

Bass Lake Recreational Area

642-3212

 

 

877-444-6777

 

Bass Lake Recreational Resort

642-3145

 

 

 

Camps-Youth/Bible/Summer

Emerald Cove Camp

642-3333

 

PSEA Camp

642-3553

 

Skylake Yosemite Camp

642-3720

 

Summit Adventure

642-3899

 

 

 

Chamber of Commerce

Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce

642-3676

 

 

 

Churches

Our Lady of the Sierra-St. Dominic

642-3452

 

Little Church in the Pines

642-3243

 

 

 

Clothing-Retail

The Village Corner Gift Shop

642-3808

 

 

 

Collectibles/Antiques

Bullwinkles Gifts & Antiques

683-2018

 

Good Ol'Daze

642-6161

 

 

 

Deli's

The Pines Market

642-3141

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electrical Contractors

Design Electric

642-0404

 

Thermal IR Property Inspection

888-347-7226

 

 

 

Fire Department

Bass Lake Forest Fire Station

683-6700

 

 

 

Fishing

Bass Lake Charter Fishing

642-4650

 

 

 

Gardeners/Landscaping

Franke's Yard Service

676-9273

 

The Organic Landscape

642-3049

 

 

 

Gift Shops

The Pinetree House

642-3833

 

The Village Corner

642-3808

 

 

 

Post Office

Bass Lake Post Office

642-3710

 

 

 

Groceries

The Pines Market

642-3141

 

 

 

Hotels/Motels

The Pines Resort

642-3121

 

 

 

Locksmiths

Bass Lake Lock & Security

641-7886

 

 

 

Marina's

Bass Lake Water Sports & Marina

642-3200

 

The Forks Resort

642-3737

 

Millers Landing Resort

642-3633

 

Pines Marina

642-3565

 

 

 

Mini Storage

Bass Lake Mini Storage

642-3000

 

 

 

Pest Control

Bob McDonald Pest Control

888-454-4740

 

 

 

Pet Services

Liz Is Grooming

642-6646

 

 

 

Restaurants

Ducey's On The Lake

642-3121

 

Casa Castillo's

683-2272

 

The Forks Resort

642-3737

 

 

 

Schools-Public

Bass Lake Elementary

642-1560

 

 

 

Sheriff's Department

Bass Lake Substation

642-3201

 

Main # Madera

800-560-4911