Bass Lake levels up through summer
Bass Lake, CA. – Water levels at Bass Lake, a popular vacation spot in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Madera County will be up through Labor Day weekend.
Bass Lake draws tens of thousands of visitors throughout the spring and summer months for its ample fishing, boating, hiking and other outdoor recreation opportunities.
While immensely popular with vacationers, Bass Lake is also a reservoir for PG&E, used for power generation. The company had been considering beginning the annual draw-down of the water’s level early to assist in the continued Crane Valley Dam retrofit efforts. Combined efforts between local tourism business leaders and elected officials have delayed the draw-down until after the summer season.
“We’re pleased PG&E made this announcement and is working with the recreation community at the lake to delay their draw-down until after the Labor Day Holiday,” said Steve Welch, owner of Bass Lake Realty and long-time advocate for Bass Lake tourism.The water levels have been about 10 feet below full for the past few summers to assist in the refit of the dam. Welch said the water levels right now are perfect for anyone wishing to come to Bass Lake.
“The high speed boating area is unchanged from when the lake is full, there is plenty of boating space with the advantage of also having some more available beach. PG&E will maintain that level through Labor Day.”
In addition to ample outdoor recreation, Bass Lake has a host of lodging, dining and shopping options moments from the shore. The Pines Resort is a full service resort on the eastern shore with boat rentals, fine dining, spa and more while Miller’s Landing and The Forks Resort, located on the western shore, offer cabins, dining and boat rentals as well. Other companies, such as Bass Lake Realty, Bass Lake Vacation Rentals, Century 21 Ditton Realty at Bass Lake and Marc’s Bass Lake Vacation Rentals offer vacation rental homes of varying size, ideal for family reunions or other large groups looking to stay together. Still others offer cabins or bed and breakfasts, like Mount’s Bass Lake Log Cabin, Bass Lake Cabin Near Yosemite and the Pine Rose Inn.
For more information on Bass Lake recreational opportunities and discounts, visit www.YosemiteThisYear.com/BassLake