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Sierra Recreation Area at Bass Lake - Bass Lake, CA - RV Parks



39900 Road 222
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Welcome to Sierra Recreation Area at Bass Lake
Bass Lake Recreation area is located at the 3400-foot elevation in the Sierra National Forest, about a one hour drive North of Fresno via State Highway 41.  The primary recreation attractions of the area include camping, picnicking, boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing and hiking.  The recreation area, which is open all year, serves as an excellent location from which to explore the high country attractions of the Sierra National Forest and Yosemite National Park. 

In 1895, a plan was devised to use the waters of willow Creek to generate hydroelectric power for the residents of the great San Joaquin Valley. The first earthen dam was built in Crane Valley in 1901. The dam was enlarged in 1905 and the present Dam was built in 1910.  The lake was called Crane Valley Reservoir for many years, but the name was eventually changed when a small Bass Lake lumber operation polluted the lake, killing all the fish that were in it. The lumber company was ordered by the government to replace all the fish that were lost. The chosen fish was Bass, hence the new name-Bass Lake.

Bass Lake generates 27 megawatts of power through 5 downstream power houses and is owned by Pacific Gas & Electric. It has developed into a major resort and recreational facility.
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Within Facility
Shaded Sites
Maximum RV Length - Over 35 Ft.
Water Hookup
Tent Camping
Secluded Camping
Pets Welcome|Clubs Welcome
Reservations Accepted
Swimming Lake/Stream etc.
Hiking Trails
Boat Rental
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