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  • How far is Yosemite National Park from Bass Lake?
    Yosemite National Park entrance is about 14 miles from Bass Lake. Many people visit both Bass Lake and Yosemite as an 'all in one' vacation. Yosemite offers the most picturesque views of California you will ever see. Bring your camera, phone, and friends and enjoy all Mother Nature has to offer. Yosemite is one of the most visited National Parks in the world. Bass Lake, by its own right, offers natural beauty and incredible views.
  • What is the average water temperature of Bass Lake and how does it vary throughout the year?
    The average water temperature of Bass Lake varies throughout the year, offering different experiences for visitors depending on the season. During the summer months from June through August, the lake temperature typically reaches 70°-78°F (21-24°C), making it perfect for swimming, water sports, and enjoying the outdoors. In the fall and spring, the lake temperature can vary between 60°-65°F (16-18°C), providing a cooler but still refreshing experience for those who enjoy fewer crowds and quieter surroundings. During the winter months, the lake temperature can drop to 50°-55°F (10-13°C), making it a great destination for Kokanee and Trout fishing and exploring the natural beauty of the area. No matter the season, Bass Lake offers a wide range of activities and breathtaking scenery for visitors to enjoy year-round.
  • Do I need snow chains for Bass Lake Ca?
    In short, you should carry chains from December through March while visiting Bass Lake and Yosemite. In the winter months, the enforcement of chains being required can begin as far south as below Coarsegold or as far north as Fish Camp. It is this large variation that necessitates always having chains in your car before making the drive up to Bass Lake during the winter and spring seasons.
  • Where can I launch my boat?
    Boats can be launched from two public launch locations; Wishon Point boat ramp on the south shore of Bass Lake or Bass Lake Boat Rentals on the north shore of Bass Lake. Wishon Point is managed by the National Forest Service and California Land Management. Bass Lake Boat Rentals is a commercial business and marina, that offers trailer parking and temporary slips for tie ups.
  • Are there bears at Bass Lake
    Yes, there are bears, raccoons, deer, fox, coyotes, and many other animals. The bears usually are after trash in the trash cans discarded by humans, and are 'for the most part' harmless. However, don't approach the bears as they can quickly decide to turn on you. Let nature do its thing.
  • How Deep Is The Lake?
    The deepest point of Bass Lake reaches 98'. Most of the lake is between 40' and 60', which is why the lake is so warm (76°) during summer months.
  • What resort was The Great Outdoors movie filmed at?
    The film was shot on location in Bass Lake, California, a small resort town near Sierra National Forest. It was filmed over three weeks in October 1987 where it portrayed the fictional Lake "Potowotominimac". The former Ducey's Bass Lake Lodge, a rustic 1940s resort, was featured as "Wally and Juanita's Perk's Pine Lodge Resort". About 75% of the movie was filed on-site at Bass Lake. Many of the 'shots' were filmed at The Old 'Ducey's' lodge, which burned down shortly after filming. The marina (Bass Lake Boat Rentals) was the site of filming the famous scene where John Candy ran the boat up on ground while arguing with Dan Ackroyd over which boat to rent. for more info, visit
  • Is Bass Lake dog friendly?
    Five miles long and with much warmer water than lakes at higher altitudes, Bass Lake has many dog-friendly areas along the shoreline. Some vacation rentals as well as three canine-welcoming, lakeside resorts allow pets as well. Additionally, there are many trails to walk your dog, or take your dog on a boat at
  • Is the water cold in Bass Lake
    Bass Lake is classified as a “warm water” lake with its temperature reaching 75°-80° in summer months (May-September), and 55°-60° during the winter months. see for up to date temperatures of water and land temperatures.
  • Do I need a boating license to rent a boat at Bass Lake?
    NO, you do not need a boating license to rent a boat in Bass Lake, although a safe boaters card always allows for a better understanding of boating safety, and a more enjoyable day. Visit for more information.
  • Is Bass Lake worth visiting?
    The lake is renowned for excellent water activities, mountain bike trails, hiking, fishing, shopping, and lakeside dining. Sunset Magazine listed Bass Lake as "The Best of the West" in a recent review.
  • What is the best time of year to visit Bass Lake, California?
    The best time to visit Bass Lake, California, is during the spring and summer months, typically from May to September. During this time, the weather is warm (85° average) and ideal for outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, and swimming. The lake is also warm (76°) and at its fullest, making it perfect for water sports and recreation. Fall and winter months can still be enjoyed by those seeking a quiet getaway or participating in winter activities such as snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Be sure to check our website or contact us for seasonal updates and availability.
  • Does it snow in Bass Lake?
    Winter in Bass Lake does bring the snow! How much? It all depends on the elevation. High country, elevation 8,000ft+ is almost guaranteed to have snow from November to June, while right in the lake usually sees snow in small amounts from January through March. Check the live camera at
  • Where can I purchase a Pollution Control Permit and what are the fees?
    A-Pollution Control Permits can only be purchased at one of the three marinas on Bass Lake; Bass Lake Boat Rentals, Milers Landing and Fork Resort. The fees are based on horsepower and are as follows; 0-50 HP=$32.00, 51-250 HP=$50.00, 250+ HP=$63.00, PWC-$50.00 go to for more info.
  • Do you need a fishing license in Bass Lake?
    Yes, but just for the state of California, not for Bass Lake specifically. A valid California fishing license is required for all fishermen aged 16 or older. You can buy it online and print duplicates (in case you lose one.) for fishing license sales.
  • Do people swim in Bass Lake?
    Bass Lake is one of California's premier boating, swimming and sailing lakes. Located at 3,400 feet in elevation, Bass Lake is nearly five miles long and is surrounded by beautiful pine trees. It is considered one of the cleanest lakes in the country, as it is filled each year with snow melt in March and April, and since it is not a very deep lake (60 ft), it warms up very quickly (80° in the summer).
  • How big is Bass Lake?
    Bass Lake is approximately 590 surface acres, or 27,700,400 square feet. It is approximately 4 1/2 miles long and 1/2 mile wide.
  • Can I rent a boat in Bass Lake?
    Yes, there are several options to rent boats in Bass Lake. Wake Surfing, Wake Boarding, Pontoon and Patio Boats, Boats with slides, Jet Ski's, Canoes, Kayaks, and Stand Up Paddle Boards are all common boats you see on Bass Lake. Go to
  • How full is Bass Lake right now? will be the most up to date, accurate weather as the camera and weather system is right on the lake. The lake level varies in the winter months and is usually full all summer long.
  • Is there a fishing derby in Bass Lake?
    Bass Lake has an annual fishing derby the first weekend of May every year. The prizes include 2 fish worth $10,000 and one fish worth $5,000, as well as several fish worth $100 and $20. Rent a boat from for the fishing derby.
  • What is the elevation of Bass Lake, California?
    The elevation of Bass Lake in California is approximately 3,400 feet above sea level. This picturesque lake is nestled in the Sierra National Forest, just south (14 miles) of Yosemite National Park. It offers visitors a tranquil retreat with stunning mountain views. At this elevation, visitors can enjoy comfortable temperatures during the summer months, making it an ideal destination for outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, and hiking. The moderate elevation also allows for beautiful fall foliage and occasional winter snowfall, providing a diverse range of experiences throughout the year. Whether you're looking for a relaxing lakeside escape or an adventurous mountain getaway, Bass Lake's elevation offers a unique and enjoyable experience for all visitors.
  • Can I have a fire on the beach at Bass Lake?
    Simple answer, no. Additionally, please be mindful of any local fire regulations or bans that may be in place regarding outlying areas and BBQ restrictions. As always, we encourage responsible enjoyment of our beautiful beaches and natural surroundings.
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