Bass Lake is a favorite central California getaway less than an hour north of Fresno or 20 minutes from Yosemite’s southern entrance, known for its blue waters and scenic views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada and Sierra National Forest.
(PRWEB) March 24, 2012
As winter of 2012 becomes just a memory; a pair of popular Bass Lake resorts prepare to open for the upcoming busy season.
Bass Lake is a favorite central California getaway less than an hour north of Fresno or 20 minutes from Yosemite’s southern entrance, known for its blue waters and scenic views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada and Sierra National Forest. With ample recreational opportunities on and off the water, as well as all types of lodging, various restaurants and even shopping all located moments from the water’s edge, the destination continues to attract vacationers.
One of those resorts prepping for a spring opening is The Forks, a long-time favorite on the lake that has become a tradition for multiple generations of lake goers. The resort just celebrated its 70th year of being run by the same family in 2011, and the resort’s history goes back even further. It’s known for its comfortable cabins, but probably more so for the famous Forks Burger. The mere mention of the culinary creation to locals and Bass Lake regulars gets the salivary glands going in to over time.
The Forks Resort will kick off their season April 5. Spring hours are 8 am – 8 pm every day, including Easter Sunday. New this year is the addition of 3 more beers to the selection of brews on tap, as well as a selection from some of the local award-winning wineries.
The same this year is staff, who will be familiar to regular visitors and feel like family to new guests after their first day at this popular resort. The resort also continues to offer boat rentals, groceries and other supplies in the general store, fishing licenses and more.
Stop by the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau visitor center at 40637 Highway 41 in Oakhurst for a coupon good for $1 off a Fork’s Burger on the way to Bass Lake.
A newer addition to Bass Lake but still a favorite for many summer vacationers is Miller’s Landing. Like The Forks, Miller’s has cabins perfect for families or groups looking to stay together, a general store on site as well as boat rentals and a restaurant.
Miller’s is kicking off their season March 30. The grill will be open 11 am until 7 pm. They’re also offering a unique if not humorous special: bring a gallon of water to help bring up the lake level faster, and the management buy you an ice cold beer or delicious milkshake.
In addition Miller’s Landing and The Forks Resort, Bass Lake offers a full service resort in The Pines Resort, complete with onsite fine dining at Ducey’s On The Lake, camping at several sites near the shore, numerous rental homes and cabins and various restaurants as well.
Other businesses in the region are getting ready to open up for the spring season as well. The Narrow Gauge Inn, a popular inn with a world renowned restaurant opens April 25. Next door the nearly 100 year old Shay locomotives of the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad will resume offering tours March 31. In Yosemite, the historic Wawona Hotel is eyeing March 30 as the day they will open their doors to guests visiting the national park.
For more information on Bass Lake lodging events and more, as well as other options in and around Yosemite National Park, visit http://www.YosemiteThisYear.com.
Director of Media
Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau