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Yosemite National Park:

Yosemite National Park reopened Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:00 am. Some but not all visitor services are available and other visitor services will open incrementally over time (e.g. the Mariposa Grove currently remains closed but is expected to open soon).  

Campsites in Yosemite Valley became available for incoming campers also on Friday, September 25, 2020. To book a campsite, please visit  

Yosemite National Park continues to require day use reservations to enter the park though October 31st. For more information and to secure a day use reservation, please visit  

Yosemite National Park officials continue to monitor air quality conditions throughout the park. The park continues to confer with local and federal public health experts on air quality, smoke impacts, and resulting impacts on public health. Yosemite National Park, or portions of the park, may close intermittently due to changes in air quality and smoke impacts. For information on current air quality and smoke impacts, please visit

  • Current conditions for Yosemite can be found HERE
  • For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions in the park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again

Bass Lake Recreational Area:

All evacuation warnings and orders have been removed for the area around Bass Lake. Recreation on the lake is permissible. Limited access is also now permissible to some portions of the Sierra National Forest areas adjacent to the lake as per the Closure Order noted below.


Sierra National Forest:

On September 17 the Sierra National Forest modified the closure order that CLOSED the entirety of the Sierra National Forest to all recreation. This new closure order allows limited access to a partial area of the Bass Lake Ranger District. 

Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-16 Sierra National Forest-Creek Closure Order:

This Order is effective from October 17, 2020 through November 1, 2020.

Creek Fire Information:

The Creek Fire wildland fire started on Friday, September 4, in Fresno County between Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake. The fire quickly spread across the San Joaquin River and spread in Madera County toward Mammoth Pool Reservoir. As of Wednesday, September 30th, the fire is 307,051 acres in size with 44% containment. Repopulation of the Oakhurst, Bass Lake, and North Fork areas is pretty well complete though Evacuation Warnings and Orders are still in place for some areas in the county. The fire is currently an active incident.

Information Resources:

For questions, please email (please be patient, we'll get answers asap).


Yosemite National Park Updates - (See CREEK FIRE updates above that may override information below)

Through October 31st, all Park visitors must have a reservation to enter the park. To get a reservation go to If you have overnight accommodations inside Yosemite (camping or lodging) you will not need a day-use reservation to enter the park. Also, if you take a guided or public tour, you will not need a park reservation. See the Press Release and the video below for more details.

Please visit Yosemite National Park’s website ( for specific details and for the most up-to-date information regarding park operations.

There are limited services inside of Yosemite as well, please click HERE for information on what is currently open.

Here are a few changes we'd like to highlight for you as well:

  1. You must arrive at the park on the day of your reservation to validate it or it will be canceled.  Once you validate your pass, you can then use it for 7 consecutive days.
  2. The park will be closed to Day Use Visitors from 11 pm to 5 am daily.
  3. The Yosemite Valley Shuttle will not be operating until further notice.
  4. Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is open, but the shuttle will not be running at this time.  You can hike or bike to the start of the Grove from the parking area - it's about 2 miles each way and is a beautiful walk where you will get a preview of the amazing giants.
  5. If you are unable to get a reservation, the Park will release more tickets 2 days before each date.  Example, if you are wanting a pass for Wednesday, go online to at 7 am on Monday.  Tickets go quickly so make sure you set up an account and are logged in prior to checking for tickets.

Bass Lake & Sierra National Forest Camping Updates -

Campgrounds are now open.  See details and restrictions here:  Bass Lake and Sierra National Forest Summer 2020.  For reservations please go to and search Bass Lake Recreation Area.

All Bass Lake Resorts, shops and restaurants are open with take-out or dine in options depending on the California's current COVID-19 order.

To keep track of updates please follow us on Facebook at

Also, updates and notices from the US Forest Service/Sierra National Forest including information regarding camping and day-use facility availability can be found on their website (  

Additionally, the Bass Lake Ranger District can be contacted directly at (559) 877-2218, Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Visit Yosemite | Madera County updates:  

The Oakhurst Visitor Center is open.  Address is 40343 Highway 41, Oakhurst - look for the VISITOR CENTER sign.

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Sundays - Closed at this time

You can reach us at 559-683-4636 or email

Madera County Customer and Business Pledge Poster - This poster describes how local businesses are taking precautions to keep our visitors and locals safe.  Look for these posters at businesses during your stay.

Visit Yosemite | Madera County asks visitors to Help Keep Us Open and Safe!  Help Keep Us Open and Safe Press Release.

Dining options:  Most of our restaurants are open for either take-out and/or outside dining (if available) - please click HERE for our Restaurant Partners guide on who's open and at what capacity.  Since things are changing frequently, you can also go to our restaurant page -  to click on individual restaurants' websites for information as well.

Zoom Backgrounds: With all the virtual meetings going on, here are some "dreaming" photos of Yosemite, Bass Lake and Madera County attractions to enjoy and make your fellow meeting attendees jealous!  Click HERE to view and download.

For VYMC Partner OPEN Ready Information page - go to


Law Enforcement

Madera County law enforcement is provided by the Madera County Sheriff's Department, Madera Police Department and Chowchilla Police Department. The U.S. Forest Service provides supplemental officers for the Bass Lake campgrounds.

For information on the Madera County Search & Rescue organization, click here.

Emergencies 24 Hours:  Dial 911
Headquarters | Information 24 Hours: 559-675-7770

Fire Services

Basic fire protection is provided by paid professionals from Madera County Fire Department, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire), the U.S. Forest Service, and many corps of trained volunteers. There are CDF or volunteer fire stations in Ahwahnee, Bass Lake, Cedar Valley, Coarsegold, Fish Camp, North Fork, Rancheria, Raymond, Oakhurst, and Yosemite Lakes Parks.

Wildfire Information

For updated information on National Forest wildfires, click here.
For updated information on Yosemite National Park wildfires, click here.
For updated CAL Fire information on wildfires in the state of California, click here.

Medical Services

On rare occasions, the need arises for emergency medical services during even the most fun of vacations.

Adventist Health Community Care

48677 Victoria Lane

Oakhurst, CA 93644

Phone (559) 683-2711

Hours 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday (by appointment only)

Hours 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday (by appointment only)

Children's Hospital of Central California

9300 Valley Children's Place

Madera, CA 93636-8762

Phone (559) 353-3000

Open 24 hours, 7 days

Camarena Health Oakhurst

Four Locations to serve the Oakhurst Area near the South Gate at Yosemite National Park:

   Urgent Care: 49165 Road 426, Oakhurst CA 93644, Walk in Only.

     Hours: Monday-Friday 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 8 pm.

     Camarena Health takes most insurances.

   Medical and Dental Offices:

   Oakhurst Medical Office – 49169 Road 426, Oakhurst CA 93644

   Coarsegold Medical Office – 35324 Hwy 41, Suite A, Coarsegold, CA 93614

   Oakhurst Dental Office – 49127 Road 426, Oakhurst CA 93644 (Emergency services only until June 1, 2020)

     Appointments for medical and dental offices are Monday – Friday and are made by calling (559) 664-4000

     Visit our website for hours

For up to date information regarding our services during the COVID-19 pandemic – please visit

For telephone doctor or behavioral health appointments, please call (559) 664-4000.

Kaiser Permanente Oakhurst Medical Offices

40595 Westlake Drive

Oakhurst, CA 93644

(559) 658-8388

Appointments only - Monday through Friday (no after hours)

No emergency services

Pharmacy onsite


Oakhurst Visitor Center
40343 Highway 41,
Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 683-4636
Email us!

Monday through Saturday
8:30 am to 4:30 pm


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