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Welcome to our blog. Here we share all kinds of stories about exploring our area. From hiking, camping to dining, join us on a journey from southern Yosemite to the San Joaquin Valley.

Play Like A Local at Bass Lake - Video
Play Like a Local with us on beautiful Bass Lake, California.  Perfect vacation destination in any season.  READ MORE >
Paddle Boarding around Bass Lake - Play Like A Local video series
Paddle Boarding around Bass Lake plus more Springtime activities on the Lake.  READ MORE >
Kayaking in Winter at Bass Lake - Play Like A Local video series
Two sisters and their best bud, Kona the dog share about their favorite time to visit Bass Lake. Follow their story as they canoe their way around Bass Lake exploring and enjoying wildlife, serene lake scenes and secluded beaches.  READ MORE >
10 Essentials for Hiking in a National Park
Watch this video for tips on 10 Essentials to take Hiking in a National Park  READ MORE >
Summer Fun at Bass Lake - Play Like A Local Video Series
Come out to Bass Lake, California this summer and Play Like A Local. Enjoy this summer at the lake video showing all the fun your family can have renting a vacation home and enjoying all the lake has to offer.  READ MORE >
Winter on Bass Lake with Greg Aiello - Play Like A Local video series
Join Greg Aiello as he explores beautiful Bass Lake in wintertime and shows you how to Play Like A Local!  READ MORE >
Mountain Biking around Bass Lake - Play Like A Local video series
Bass Lake is known for it's top rated mountain biking trails with technical single tracks, flows and pretty much anything you want to do.  READ MORE >
Judi's Jaunts - Hiking Raymond Bridge to Eastman Lake
By Debbie Sebastian, Visit Center Volunteer | Mar 6, 2018Judi’s Jaunts – Hiking Raymond Bridge to Eastman LakeThis month we are fortunate to have guest author/hiker (and volunteer here at the Visitors Center) Debbie Sebastian.  Rest assured that Judi is still jaunting about and note that Judi and Debbie occasionally… READ MORE >
My Experience - Hiking Half Dome with YExplore
By Kim Lawson | Feb 7, 2017Half Dome is an icon in the most iconic of national parks:  Yosemite. Even if they don’t know what the hike entails, visitors often cite it as a goal--until they learn it requires 17 miles of trekking with almost 5,000 feet of elevation gain.Even… READ MORE >
Winter in Yosemite Travel Tips Straight From A Travel Expert
By Judi Hussain | Jan 31, 2017As a local, I am thrilled to share my travel expertise and provide you with tips to make your visit to our destination the best it can possibly be. In November 1989 I traveled to Bass Lake—and fell in love with the Sierra Nevada foothills… READ MORE >
Judi's Jaunts - Mt. Dana
By Judi Hussain, Visit Center Coordinator | Jan 23, 2017Judi’s Jaunts – Hiking Yosemite & the Sierra NevadaI haven’t met many hikes I didn’t love. Doesn’t matter if they’re long or short, flat or at elevation.The flat ones get me out of my daily routine, focus my thoughts on wilderness… READ MORE >
Ales and Trails with Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides and South Gate Brewing Company
By Kim Lawson | Nov 1, 2016Ales and Trails. Yes, it is as good as it sounds, hiking combined with delicious craft beer from our local brewery.Combining two of my passions, exploring and photography couldn’t be a better week for me plus savouring tasty beer inthe afternoons was a spectacular… READ MORE >
Fall May Be the Best Time to Visit Yosemite, Bass Lake and Madera County
Visiting Yosemite National Park, Bass Lake and Madera County in fall is a fantastic time to visit for many reasons but mostly because you avoid the summer crowds, the kids are back to school and it is less expensive than summer with lodging rates reduced after Labor day. Fall weather… READ MORE >
Stay fit and keep off vacation pounds whilst on vacation
Stay fit and keep off vacation pounds whilst on vacation: Research the destination you are visiting for fitness activity offerings and attend a class. You will immerse yourself in the local culture and keep fit at the same… READ MORE >
3 Day Extreme Sports Adventure Spring or Summer
Pack in 3 days of extreme adventure in the High Sierra. From cross country mountain biking, wake boarding, rock climbing and a white water river adventure this itinerary is sure to get your heart racing and put a smile on your face.  Set up your home base up at Bass Lake… READ MORE >
Bass Lake: Not just a place, it's a state of mind. A family's story.
My wife started visiting Bass Lake 35 years ago and I married into the tradition 26 years ago. I was immediately captivated by the beauty and serenity of the lake and it just got better every year. There’s so much we love to do at and around Bass Lake. We keep discovering… READ MORE >

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40343 Highway 41,
Oakhurst, CA 93644
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19450 Avenue 21-1/2
Chowchilla, CA 93610
(Exit 164, off Highway 99)


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