This popular recreation area is nestled in pines at 3,400 feet in elevation above Oakhurst. Bass Lake is a 1 1/2 hour drive north of Fresno on Hwy 41 and Road 222. Bass Lake provides camping, boating, fishing, hiking, day use and group areas. Accessible facilities are available at Lupine-Cedar Bluff Campground, Recreation Point (picnic) and Wishon Boat Launch.
The Bass Lake Ranger District is located at 57003 Road 225, North Fork, CA 93643. You can contact our office by calling (559) 877-2218. Hearing Impaired, California Relay Service 711.
Nestled in the pine forest at 3,400 feet, Bass Lake is four and a half miles long and a half a mile wide. Bass Lake is a popular recreational area, known for its hot sunny days and warm water, making water sports enjoyable. The area provides recreational activities that include camping, picnicking, boating, water-skiing, personal watercraft riding, non-motorized boating, paddle boarding, hiking, and fishing. Wildlife can be spotted around the lake year-round, including osprey, herons and eagles. Additionally, California Land Management sponsors a variety of interpretive programs and nature walks throughout the summer at several locations in the Bass Lake area.
Along the west section of the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway the road takes you into the “Heart of the Sierra”, with views of the Sierra peaks all the way up to the base of the wilderness. One of many destination points is Mammoth Pool, a man-made reservoir on the San Joaquin River that is 5 miles long. This area offers some of Sierra National Forest’s most unique and splendid beauty with recreational activities that include camping, picnicking, hiking, and fishing. At Mammoth Pool recreational activities also include boating, water-skiing, personal watercraft riding and non-motorized boating.
The Merced River is designated a Wild and Scenic River and is a popular recreation area along Highway 140. The main fork flows through steep river canyons from Yosemite National Park into Sierra National Forest. The South Fork flows from high in the Sierras, through Wawona, down into Hites Cove. This area is known for its spectacular early spring wildflower displays. Activities include camping, swimming, whitewater rafting, hiking, fishing, and picnicking.
Temporary bridges along the Ferguson rock slide on Hwy 140 limit vehicle length to 28 feet. No overnight camping or fires except in designated areas.
The San Joaquin River Recreational Area is nestled in a valley of chaparral, pine and oak trees along the San Joaquin River in between Kerckhoff Reservoir and Redinger Lake. Recreational activities include camping, swimming, hiking, and viewing wildlife. Boating, personal water crafting and non-motorized boating are permitted at Reddinger Lake.
Just a few miles north of Reddinger Lake on Road 225 is the Exact Geographic Center of California.
South of Yosemite National Park, the Highway 41 corridor north of Oakhurst and Sky Ranch road offer a variety of recreational activities including many campgrounds, picnicking, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, OHV and motorcycle trails, a Giant Sequoia Grove, a historic logging railroad and the east part of the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway. Sky Ranch road is the eastern part of the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway (insert hyperlink), taking you up into some of the most remote and beautiful areas in the Sierra National Forest. Although parts of the road remain unpaved and traveling is slow, the peaceful rustic campgrounds, Giant Sequoia Grove, views of Fresno Dome and rushing creeks make it well worth the drive.
Located adjacent to Dinkey Creek, the campground is spread out along the banks of its namesake creek in a thick forest of Ponderosa pines and cedars. The facility's high country setting with trees, streams and open space, make it a scenic destination for all types of visitors. There is a group site that can accommodate up to 50 people. The rest are a mix of standard or tent-only single sites. All sites have paved spurs, picnic tables and fire grills; accessible sites are available. Drinking water and both vault and flush toilets are provided. There is a Campground host on site and a picnic area located on large sandy flat above the creek at the north end of the campground.
An on-site amphitheater offers educational programs on summer weekends. Throughout the summer, California Land Management sponsors a variety of interpretive programs on weekends at the amphitheatre. Presentations by knowledgeable local experts cover topics on the history, constellations, wildflowers, forestry and others. The scheduled programs are posted at the campground, and the Host can provide additional information.
Huntington Lake offers many activities, including swimming, sailing, boating, non-motorized boating, fishing and water skiing. Additionally, California Land Management sponsors a variety of interpretive programs and nature walks throughout the summer at several locations in the Huntington Lake area.
A continuing goal of the Forest is to provide as many accessible opportunities to persons with disabilities so that all will be able to share in the common day-to-day experiences that non-disabled take for granted.