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Photo by Kim Lawson, Visit Yosemite Madera County

Bass Lake Block Party Weekend

The Forks Resort at Bass Lake in Madera County

By Visit Yosemite Madera County —

BASS LAKE – Restaurants, resorts and merchants are offering locals and visitors a fun Block Party weekend full of activities coming up on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, which also happens to be Mother’s Day weekend.

Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce member businesses have gotten together to have an open house around the lake,” explains Rhonda Salisbury, CEO of Visit Yosemite Madera County. “We are thrilled to support this great event and celebration, particularly since the water is back in the lake, which hasn’t been the case for years. This is good reason to come and celebrate with us. “

Tom Tuso, Bass Lake Boat Rentals and Water Sports (Kim Lawson)

Visiting Bass Lake anytime of the year is a treat, but visiting during spring is a favorite for many because summer is around the corner.  The colorful wildflowers are out, the lake is sparkling and full, and it’s the perfect time to indulge in all the outdoor activities the lake area has to offer. Boating, fishing, hiking, paddle boarding, mountain biking, the annual block party, Yosemite Half Marathon, comedy night and more are in store for those who visit now.

This weekend kicks off with comedy night at The Pines Resort on Friday, May 12, hosted by Torio van Gral.

On Saturday, May 13, the Yosemite Half Marathon starts at 6 a.m. and spectators are welcome to cheer on the runners, in what is noted as one of America’s top marathons.

Miller’s Landing Resort at Bass Lake (Kim Lawson)

Bass Lake’s Annual Block Party starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and runs to 11 p.m. that night, as Bass Lake Boat Rentals, The Pines Resort, Miller’s Landing Resort and The Forks Resort offer live music, lake cruises, a fire show, fresh local food and local beer and wine.

“This year at the Block Party we will be kicking off a fun activity for the summer called Great Outdoor Adventure at Miller’s Landing,” notes Michelle Miller, “so if you are up for a challenge, come visit and participate, and stay for a burger and a beer too!”

There’s also a Pines Village Craft Fair May 12-14 and a sidewalk sale May 13.

“It is going to be a fabulous time to be at Bass Lake to take part in all these events,” says Therese Williams of Visit Yosemite Madera County.  “I will be running in the half marathon and I can’t wait!”

The lake is full! (Kim Lawson)

A favorite central California getaway, Bass Lake is less than an hour north of Fresno and only 20 minutes from Yosemite’s southern entrance.

Known for its blue waters and scenic views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada and Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake is a host to abundant 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.

“It’s the second happiest place on earth! You’ll find friendly people and great food,” says Salisbury.

For information on Bass Lake lodging and events, along with other options in and around Yosemite National Park, visit www.YosemiteThisYear.com

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