Bass Lake

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Welcome to Bass Lake

Dreaming of living in an idyllic place with serene views and pristine surroundings? Looking for a getaway home surrounded by nature but just minutes from urban conveniences? Your search ends at Bass Lake, CA, where you’ll find homes for sale in a picture perfect setting, close to big city amenities and family-friendly attractions.
 

OVERVIEW OF BASS LAKE, CA

Bass Lake is located in the Sierra National Forest on the western slope of Sierra Nevada, providing easy access to the area's amazing nature destinations. Apart from homes in close-knit neighborhoods and communities, vacation rentals in Bass Lake, CA are also pretty common, enjoying a high demand thanks to the stunning lake and the various outdoor recreational activities that attract visitors all year round.
 
From cozy family homes to luxurious lakefront estates, the Bass Lake, CA real estate scene is buzzing with activity, with eager homebuyers searching for permanent and vacation houses for sale and investors checking out potential rental properties in the area.
 

LOCATION

Bass Lake is found in Madera County, California, approximately seven miles east of Oakhurst and around 54 miles north of Fresno. Bass Lake itself is a major destination on its own, thanks to its attractions, refreshing views, and great location in Central California.
 
The town is situated a mere 14 miles from the south gate of Yosemite National Park, and is an ideal pit stop for those who would like to explore more of the region. Because Bass Lake is highly accessible all year round, it is the perfect spot for nature enthusiasts as well as those seeking a peaceful retreat from the city even for just the weekend.
 

WHAT IS IT KNOWN FOR?

A stunning natural beauty, Bass Lake is known for its mesmerizing emerald green waters and lush mountain views. Outdoor enthusiasts love going to the lake for various outdoor activities, such as boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking. The “little lake with the big alpine feel” is enjoyably warm in summer as the water temperatures can reach up to a cozy 80 degrees.
 
Bass Lake is known to be so photogenic that filmmakers and car commercial makers come here to capture its stunning views. It has even been featured in several Hollywood films, such as The Great Outdoors and Meatballs 4.
 
These, along with its rich history and culture, give Bass Lake, CA an allure that continues to draw tourists and adventurers as well as new residents and investors.
 

QUICK FACTS

  • Bass Lake sits at an elevation of 3,415 feet
  • It has a total area of approximately 2.5 square miles, around 24% of which is water
  • The town has a permanent population of around 575 as of 2020 Census estimates
  • The lake, along with the surrounding properties and facilities, is owned and operated by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
  • The lake is used to generate electricity, irrigate farmlands in the Central Valley, and provide resources for various recreational activities.
 

BRIEF HISTORY

Bass Lake’s history and development have been closely tied to the natural resources and beauty of the Sierra Nevada region. And beneath the picturesque views lies a rich history.
 
What is known today as Bass Lake used to be a lush meadow where the Chukchansi and Mono Indians lived. In 1851, it earned the name Crane Valley after a detachment of the Mariposa Battalion mistakenly took Great Blue Herons for Sandhill Cranes. In 1895, plans to use the lake (then called the Crane Valley Reservoir) for hydroelectric power were developed. The community, then known as “Bass Lake Village”, was established in the same year.
 
The reservoir’s name was eventually changed to Bass Lake after a lumber operation polluted the waters and killed the fish. The company, under penalty, was ordered to restock the lake with fish, and they chose bass, from which it got its new name. In 1912, the first post office was opened in the town.
 

BASS LAKE, CA HOMES FOR SALE

The Bass Lake, CA real estate market offers a variety of options for potential buyers, from cozy cabins perfect for weekend getaways to luxurious waterfront homes ideal for a forever home or an upscale vacation property.
 

PROPERTY TYPES, ARCHITECTURAL STYLES, AND HOME FEATURES

Homes in Bass Lake vary in style and size, catering to different tastes and needs. The most common types are cabins and single-family homes, as well as expansive estates.
 
The architectural design and style of these properties tend to be rustic with cabin elements, perfectly complementing the natural environment. You will also find contemporary houses, but in many homes for sale in Bass Lake, CA, wood sidings, expansive outdoor decks and patios, and large picture windows are typical features, blending seamlessly with the pristine landscape and taking full advantage of stunning lake and mountain views.
 
Open floor plans are common home features, giving off an airy and spacious vibe. Fireplaces or wood stoves are also popular fixtures, making for cozy, inviting evenings. 
 
Private docks providing easy access to Bass Lake are among the most desirable features of lakefront homes here, providing convenient parking and launching sites for boats, paddleboards, and other watercraft, as well as quiet spots for fishing. Private docks are also highly sought-after features of vacation rentals in Bass Lake, CA.
 
The most desirable Bass Lake homes also come with beautiful landscaping that seamlessly blend in with the natural environment. 
 

WHERE TO LIVE IN BASS LAKE, CA

Bass Lake is surrounded by several attractive neighborhoods and communities. Nearby areas which all offer their own unique charm and amenities include:
 
  • Ahwahnee
  • Arnold Meadows (in North Fork)
  • Coarsegold
  • Darrah
  • Fish Camp
  • Mariposa
  • Midpines
  • Nipinnawasee
  • North Fork
  • O’Neals
  • Oakhurst
  • Raymond
  • Wawona
  • Wishon
  • Yosemite Lakes
 
Bass Lake’s proximity to the famed Yosemite National Park makes it a highly desirable location for those who love the outdoors. The lower elevation compared to other alpine lakes results in warmer water temperatures in the summer, making it even more attractive for tourists and residents who engage in the many outdoor activities the place has to offer during this season.
 

LIVING IN BASS LAKE, CA

There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Bass Lake, CA, living up to the hype of being one of the best outdoor destinations in the state. Before searching homes for sale in Bass Lake, CA, however, here are some other important factors you need to consider.
 

GETTING AROUND

One of the advantages of living in a smaller area is that it's easier to move around. Driving a car is highly recommended, however, since public transportation options are rather limited. This is also the best way to soak in and enjoy the gorgeous sights that the roads around the lake have to offer.
 
Many other attractions are within a short driving distance, giving you plenty of opportunities for scenic drives. 
 
Those who prefer cycling, on the other hand, can hop on the many different biking trails around, though the hilly terrain may prove to be quite challenging for some.
 

COST OF LIVING

The cost of living in Bass Lake is slightly higher than the national average, primarily due to the upscale housing in the area, but much lower than the California average. The median household income in Bass Lake is around $110,000, which is deemed significantly higher than the national and state averages.
 
The rental market can be competitive, especially during peak tourist seasons, which augurs well for investors. Daily living expenses, such as groceries and utilities, are generally on par with other California locales, although they do fluctuate based on usage and seasonal changes. Groceries and utilities may also be a bit more expensive because of the area’s more remote location.
 

LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT

Bass Lake is a hub for outdoor enthusiasts. The lake itself is a popular spot for water skiing, wakeboarding, swimming, and fishing. Hiking trails abound in the surrounding Sierra National Forest, offering everything from leisurely walks to challenging climbs. The most notable hiking destinations are The Way of the Mono Trail and Willow Creek Trail
 
  • THE WAY OF THE MONO TRAIL - The Way of the Mono Trail is located in the Sierra National Forest, only about a mile and a half from Bass Lake, making it an easy outdoor stop. It is a 0.6-mile-loop trail that provides a blend of natural beauty, cultural history, and outdoor recreation. The loop takes you to the top of a rock, allowing for a great view of the surrounding nature.

    The trail is accessible to hikers and dogs (must be leashed) all year round. It’s a family-friendly trail that proves perfect for a quick hike, with a gentle climb that features an elevation change of 140 feet. The trail also offers a few chances to try some bouldering if you are up for the challenge.

    What’s even more special about this trail is that it showcases the rich history of the Mono people, the first inhabitants of the area. Along the trail, visitors will see interpretive signs with information and insights into their lifestyle and use of native plants. This makes every visit an educational as much as a recreational trip.

  • THE WILLOW CREEK TRAIL - The Willow Creek Trail is also located in the Sierra National Forest. Covering three miles, it's a longer hike than The Way of the Mono. It also has a much more varied terrain, ranging from moderate to steep inclines. With this range of difficulty, it is not recommended for small children or for people with mobility issues. 

    Those who are fortunate enough to conquer the trail will be rewarded by the awe-inspiring views of Willow Creek. In particular, the captivating beauty of Angel Falls and Devil’s Slide makes the challenging trek well worth it. 

    The Willow Creek Trail is only open from May to October and is closed during the cold winter months for everyone’s safety. One interesting historical aspect of the trail is the former Falls Resort, which was established in 1916 and stayed open until 1968. Back in the day, this resort featured cabins, a dance hall, and a bar, and was a popular social spot because of its convenient location where Willow Creek fed into Bass Lake. Although no longer operational, remnants of the resort’s patio can still be seen today and are a source of much interest and curiosity among those who come across it.

 

BASS LAKE SHOPPING AND DINING

When not in the mood to go out and about or frolick in nature, you can also find a variety of Bass Lake, CA restaurants and shopping opportunities that cater to different tastes.
 
Dining options include classic American dishes and comfort food, as well as more specialized offerings such as Italian, Mexican, and Asian cuisines. You'll find a blend of casual and fine dining experiences, often with scenic views of the lake and surrounding nature.
 
  • MARINA BURGER is a lakefront grill at Bass Lake Boat Rentals that serves gourmet burgers, fries, craft beer, local wines, and more.

  • CASA VELASCO'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT is a lakefront grill at Bass Lake Boat Rentals that serves gourmet burgers, fries, craft beer, local wines, and more.

  • DUCEY'S BAR & GRILL is a casual dining venue where families and groups can relax while watching their favorite sports teams on large TVs and savoring their delicious burgers, fish and salads, and drinks. 

  • FORKS RESTAURANT can be found in The Forks Resort, a family-owned and operated business. It is home to the famous "Forks Burger" and serves visitors snacks and full meals.

  • MILLER'S LANDING GRILL is famous for its Miller Burger and ice cream combinations, which many locals love.

 
Shopping in Bass Lake is equally enjoyable, with a selection of unique shops and boutiques. Visitors can find everything from souvenirs and local crafts to outdoor gear and clothing. 
 
These shops reflect the natural beauty and culture of the area, making them perfect for finding special gifts or mementos of visitors' time at Bass Lake.
 

FESTIVALS, ARTS, AND CULTURE

Bass Lake offers a rich tapestry of arts, culture, and community events that reflect the vibrant spirit of the region. Throughout the year, the local community hosts a variety of popular community events and festivities, attracting locals and visitors alike. 
 
One of the standout events is the Pines Village Arts & Crafts Fair, which is a central feature of the local arts scene. It is held at various times of the year to showcase the talents of local artists, small businesses, and vendors.
 
Guests can browse and purchase a wide array of items, such as jewelry, pottery, natural cosmetics, ceramics, paintings, and much more. Events like these are important to the community, not only because it provides entertainment and drives the local economy, but also because it serves as a platform for local artisans to display their creativity and craftsmanship. 
 
Bass Lake also celebrates the community’s diverse interests with events such as the Bass Lake Fishing Derby, the Yosemite Half Marathon, the Antique & Wooden Boat Show, and the Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon
 
As for holiday-themed events, guests join locals in celebrating Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, and even the Super Bowl. 
 
Perhaps the most popular event in Bass Lake is the the 4th of July fireworks display, which takes place over the lake. Under the clear skies, and with the calm waters reflecting the dazzling lights, this celebration is certainly one to remember. 
 

FIND THE PERFECT HOME IN BASS LAKE, CA WITH DUBEAU REALTY INC.

With all these enticing features, it’s no wonder there's always keen interest in homes for sale in Bass Lake, CA. In this distinctive California market, you can rely on the DuBeau Realty team to find the perfect property for you. 
 
With our experienced professionals by your side, you can rest assured you'll be matched with the right home, whether you're looking for your personal use or as an investment property.
 
We bring over 35 years' worth of experience to the table – experience that guides us in providing top tier service to our clients. Our business is founded on transparency, communication, and trust –  the main pillars upon which our personalized service rests. We are committed to delivering a seamless real estate experience to our clients. 
 
Get in touch today by calling 559.694.1063 or sending an email here and find the Bass Lake, CA home of your dreams.

Overview for Bass Lake, CA

314 people live in Bass Lake, where the median age is 62.3 and the average individual income is $79,934. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

314

Total Population

62.3 years

Median Age

Low

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$79,934

Average individual Income

Around Bass Lake, CA

There's plenty to do around Bass Lake, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Matsumoto Samurai's Kitchen, Villains Collectibles - Oakhurst, and Artifacts.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.04 miles 54 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Shopping 4.51 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.31 miles 20 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Active 4.45 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.04 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.3 miles 98 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Bass Lake, CA

Bass Lake has 139 households, with an average household size of 2.26. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Bass Lake do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

314

Total Population

Low

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

62.3

Median Age

50.96 / 49.04%

Men vs Women

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25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
139

Total Households

2.26

Average Household Size

$79,934

Average individual Income

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