October 10, 2006

Bass Lake

Location: Approximately 10 miles east of Oakhurst and 15 miles south of the southern entrance to Yosemite

Storage: Lake is approximately 4 miles long and half-mile wide with a total capacity of 45,400 acre feet; dam was completed in 1910 to capture Willow Creek, a San Joaquin River tributary

Setting: Nestled among tall pines and fir trees; elevation 3,366 feet

Activities: Boating, fishing, camping, hiking, equestrian, mountain biking and water sports

Facilities: Four commercial resorts offering lodging, gasoline, groceries and fishing supplies; one full-service marina; two public boat ramps; six public campgrounds; numerous picnic areas

Fishing: Rainbow and brown trout, black bass, crappie, kokanee salmon, catfish, and several types of panfish

Trails: Goat Mountain, Spring Cove and Willow Creek trails open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrian use; Mono Interpretive Trail is wheelchair accessible; 007, off nearby Central Camp Road, is popular with mountain bikers

Fun fact: Oakhurst lure maker Allen Borden holds the lake record for largemouth bass: 15.17 pounds

Campground reservations: (800) 280-2267

Key phone numbers: The Pines Resort, (559) 642-3121; The Forks Resort, (559) 642-3737; Ducey’s On The Lake, (559) 642-3121; Miller’s Landing Resort, (559) 642-3633; U.S. Forest Service, (559) 683-4665

Key web sites: BassLakeCa.com; www.fs.fed.us/r5/sierra; www.basslakechamber.com

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