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Yosemite Half Marathon to Take Place Around Bass Lake on October 8th

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dehn Craig
(775) 544-1139

September 21, 2016

Yosemite Half Marathon to Take Place Around Bass Lake on October 8th 

BASS LAKE, CA, September 21, 2016

Vacation Races, event company that produces half marathon races centered around breathtaking National Parks and Forest Service Lands, will be holding its Inaugural Yosemite Half Marathon around Bass Lake on October 8th.

The event will take place from 7:15 am to 10:30 am. During these hours there will be 2500 runners starting on 6S40 off Sky Ranch Rd and then coming down Beasore Rd and crossing onto Hwy 274 from Beasore Rd to The Pines. The road will be closed. If needed, please use the detour around to North Fork in order to get to Oakhurst.

North Shore Rd will be open but will have heavy runner traffic from The Pines to Recreation Point Campground. Traffic will continue to operate, but drivers should expect heavy delays.

If at all possible, please avoid vehicular traffic during these hours.

The event coordinators would like to express their apology for any inconvenience this may cause residents. “We are so grateful to the communities that allow us to put on these events. Without their cooperation it just wouldn’t be possible,” said Director of Race Operations Lyle Anderson.

“The town of Bass Lake has been so helpful and supportive, we really appreciate being allowed to run in their community. We’re sorry for any temporary inconvenience our event causes.”

Vacation Races operates this activity under a U.S. Forest Service special use permit with the Sierra National Forest.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the race production company.

About Vacation Races

Producing beautiful half-marathons against the backdrop of our country’s majestic National Parks,and Forest Service Lands, Vacation Races is motivated by their vision of promoting health, natural beauty, well being and creating memories. Founded in 2012, and providing the only national park races, Vacation Races’ foray into racing events focused on three different, regional parks – Zion, Rocky Mountain and Lake Powell.

Now expanding with nation-wide opportunities, Vacation Races faces 2016 with races in Zion, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite and Lake Powell. For more information on Vacation Races, visit their website at

New Riverfront Rental with Year-Round Waterfall


We have a new riverfront cabin available to rent. This unique new property offers stunning views of a year-round waterfall.

Enjoy peace and serenity in this well-appointed vacation rental with the relaxing sound of running water in the background. This 2 BR, 2 BA home has easy access to CA141 and the popular south entrance to Yosemite National Park.

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New Rental Offers Peaceful Getaway at Bass Lake


If your are looking for a peaceful, relaxing vacation at Bass Lake, we have just the home for you.

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood with a large, forested yard, this spacious home is still just a 2 minute drive from Pines Resort. Enjoy its large deck for a morning coffee, make the most of the home’s gourmet kitchen, and feel free to bring the whole family, as this 4 bedroom, 3 bath rental can accommodate up to 10 people.

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Riverfront Vacation Rental


This week’s featured rental is a recently remodeled riverfront cabin with its own waterfall right next to the house. You can enjoy full window views of the waterfall from the cabin, and take a stroll down the hill to a refreshing swimming hole.

This rental has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, and can accommodate up to 5 people. Bring the family for one last great vacation before summer ends.

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Serpa Fire Update

Serpa Fire

Serpa Fire photo taken looking across Oakhurst toward Coarsegold.

Good News!

All evacuation orders for the Serpa fire have been lifted.

Some streets nearby are restricted to residents only while mop up operations are being performed.

The fire started above Highway 41, across from Serpa Canyon near Veater Ranch, yesterday afternoon about 1:00 pm.

Air tankers dropped fire retardant and helicopters dropped water to restrict the fire from spreading across numerous ridges covered in dead Ponderosa pines trees.

We have no reports yet if any structures were lost.

Residents in nearby Mudge Ranch, Cavin Lane, and Road 420 areas were evacuated for quite some time. Thanks to the fire crews for their quick response and hard work.

Alternative Transportation Choices for Your Yosemite Madera County Visit


Here are some alternative transportation opportunities for you. The YARTS buses are rather nice, and you don’t have to mess with parking. The Valley Shuttles run all the time, so get there and back by YARTS and use the shuttle while in the Valley. Nice!

  1. Crossroads Tours

    Tour de Yosemite: Daily tours as well as individual tours.

  2. Discover Yosemite

    Daily tours starting at about 9 am in winter. Returning at about 6 pm. They can also provide individual tours, depending on availability of vehicle and driver / guide.

  3. Photo Safari Yosemite (also Mountain Shuttle)

    Individual tours in Jeep or SUV. Specializes in photo tours but his service is not limited to that.

  4. Sierra Jeep Tours

    Special tours via 4WD Jeep and ATV to Sierra National Forest areas including Nelder Grove.

  5. Yosemite Private Tours

    Individual tours up to 6 people in SUV.

Where possible, make your reservations for these guided tours at least a day in advance.

All of the above companies offer guide service, which means guests will actually learn about what they’re viewing.

The following companies offer transportation only:

  1. Mountain Shuttle (operates also as Photo Safari Yosemite)

    Provides on-demand transportation service locally and in Yosemite National Park.

  2. Starlight Taxi

    On-demand transportation service locally and in Yosemite National Park.

  3. YARTS

    Transportation only. The buses do not stop at popular sightseeing locations and do no narration or interpretation.

YARTS Schedule Oakhurst to Yosemite Valley

Departs Oakhurst* Arrives Yosemite Valley

6:05 am and 8:02 am
8:03 am and 10:00 am
9:49 am and 11:46 am
11:56 am and 1:53 pm
3:11 pm and 5:08 pm

Departs Yosemite Valley Arrives Oakhurst*

9:33 am 11:20 am
3:36 pm 5:23 pm
4:13 pm 6:00 pm
5:42 pm 7:29 pm
6:42 pm 8:29 pm

*Only stop in Oakhurst is at Yosemite Gateway Best Western PLUS Hotel

Click for Printable PDF of Bass Lake Yosemite Madera County Visit Alternative Transportation Choices PDF New Window

Bass Lake Farmer’s Market Starts Today!


Mark Your Calendar! The Bass Lake Farmer’s Market starts today, Wednesday May 18, 2016 at 4 PM.

Held every Wednesday for the summer season you will find fun, food and entertainment for everyone!

Call (559) 642-3600 or email with any questions!

Jazz on the Lake is back for 2016!



Jazz on the Lake for Bass Lake California Returns

Local residents and visitors alike will be pleased to hear that Jazz on the Lake will be coming back to Bass Lake for 2016.

The well loved and longstanding tradition will be held on the first and third Friday of June, July, and August through September 2nd.

Kickoff Concert May 27, 2016

There will be a kickoff concert scheduled for Friday, May 27th. The series will conclude on Friday, September 2nd.

Family Fun for All

This event can be enjoyed by everyone of all ages!

From those listening to the music from their rental cabins, to those dancing on the Gazebo Deck, to those anchored near the stage on their private boats, there will be plenty of fun to go around for everyone.

The Bands

While the process of selecting bands for the event is still underway, plans are in the works to include more than jazz this year.

Groups catering to a variety of other musical tastes are planned.

Bands and details will be announced on The Pines Resort website and Facebook page as they become available.

Ticket Prices

Entry fees will be nominal, likely set at $5.

For those seeking a premium experience and guaranteed seating, there will be VIP tables available beginning at $65.

Tickets will be available online for advanced purchase, as well as at the gate.

Food & Drinks

Food and drinks will also be available for purchase from Ducey’s Bar & Grill.

Get More Information

Give us a call at (559) 642-3600 with any questions or click to email.

Your Bass Lake Realty Team

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year from Your Bass Lake Realty Vacation Rentals Team!!

Boat Slip Options 2015

Hi! We are very excited to let you know that Bass Lake Water Sports has 15 moors (anchors) for $100 per week w/$100 deposit!

Bass Lake has plenty of water for family fun in the sun but the drought has caused some boat slips to become unusable.

Problem Solved!



Please contact Bass Lake Water Sports for more information:

Other Boat Launch Options

  • Boat Launch at Water Sports is usable
  • Boat Launch at Wishon Ramp is usable
  • Beach the boat (not recommended)


Your Bass Lake Realty Team