Last Updated: 19th Nov 2012
Bass Lake is a year-round resort town located in the Serra Nevada Mountains and the surrounding area is well known as the gateway to the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. The man-made lake was formed in 1910 when a dam was built as the south end of the Crane Valley and today the lake is 7km (4.5 miles) long and 1km (½ mile) wide. The water in the dam is used to generate electricity for central California and is stocked year round with fish by the California Department of Fish and Game. The Mono Native American tribe once made their home here.