Bass Lake is popular for all of the right reasons. It's close to California's Central Valley (1 hour from Fresno) via Highway 41 and only 20 minutes from Yosemite. Nature lovers appreciate the lake, and so do fishermen--it's stocked with trout, bass, salmon, catfish, crappie and bluegill. Water skiers appreciate the warm water--75 to 78 degrees in the summer. The lake has excellent marina facilities.
The Pines Resort on Bass Lake
Camping is popular too. Part of the Sierra National Forest, there are 4 area campgrounds with a total of 239 camping units. The basic daily use fee is $15; reservations are required and can be made by calling 1-800-280-CAMP. Call at least a week ahead of time, but no more than six months. You can camp for a maximum of 10 days. For day users there are picnic tables and fireplaces--43 such sites.
Additionally, Bass Lake has cabin and home rentals, motels, hotels & resorts. The lake's largest and most complete resort (rooms, suites, restaurant-on-the-lake & more) is The Pines Resort and Conference Center. Watercraft rentals including ski boats, wave runners and party barges are available.
Bass Lake has various year-round activities. Among them are the $10,000 spring fishing tournament. During the 4th of July, Bass Lake is the place to be ... the fireworks display attracts thousands from a wide area. Be prepared; it is very crowded during that holiday period.