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With the recent rains the lake level has come up to -13 ½ feet. This is only a couple feet from the spillway which needs to be left open until April 1st after which we would expect it to continue to fill.

Rain to date is 24” with above average rainfall in March so far.

However, since both December and January rainfall was below average the season-to-date amount of 24” is only about 66% (2/3) of average for this time of year.

So a little more rain should be a welcome occurrence for those of us hoping for a full lake!

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St. Paddy’s Gold Fest on the Rink

Friday March 15th, 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Kids Day at Bass, Touch A Truck

Saturday March 16th, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kids Day on the Rink

Saturday March 16th, 12:00 PM- 4:00

Wim Hof Method -Yosemite Retreat

Saturday March 23rd

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday March 30h, 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Easter Day Brunch Buffet

Sunday March 31st, 10”00 AM-2:00 PM

Easter Sunday Dinner

Sunday March 31st, 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Visit http:// www. bass lake .com /events for information and reservations or call 1-559-642-3121



Use The Correct Fire Extinguisher Flier. Bass Lake Realty

If you have a fire extinguisher, make sure it will work when you need it.

Most extinguishers sold for home use are not rechargeable, but they do gradually deplete over time and need to be replaced every 12 years – or even earlier if the gauge reads empty.

While you’re checking, reread the instructions, so you’re ready if a fire does occur. And if you don’t have extinguishers, this is a good time to add them. The kitchen and the garage are prime locations.

Lightweight extinguishers are less expensive but have more limited capacity.

Fire extinguishers contain different extinguishing agents such as water, carbon dioxide, dry chemical or wet chemical, depending on the kind of fire the extinguisher is intended for.


There are 5 primary types of fire extinguishers, each designed to put out different kinds of fires.

class A – For use with ordinary materials like cloth, wood and paper. Often found in homes and businesses.

class B – For use with combustible and flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, oil and oil-based paints. Often found in homes and businesses.

Class C – For use with electrical equipment like appliances, tools or other equipment that is plugged into an outlet. Class C fire extinguishers use an agent that doesn’t conduct electricity. Often found in homes and businesses.

Class D – For use with flammable metals. Often found in factories.

Class K – For use with vegetable oils, animal oils and fats in cooking appliances. Often found in commercial kitchens (restaurants, cafeterias, catering businesses).

There are also multipurpose fire extinguishers that might be labeled “B-C” or “A-B-C” that can be used on most types of home fires. Most home improvement stores carry multipurpose fire extinguishers that cover Class A through Class C.

Always look for the “UL Listed” or “ULC Listed” label on a fire extinguisher to ensure it is certified for use by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

Fire extinguishers vary in size and weight, but it is recommended to select the largest fire extinguisher that a user can safely and comfortably operate.

Visit the fire safety website below or talk to your local fire department if you aren’t sure which to buy or how to use it.


Closeup of pruners pruning tree. Bass Lake Realty


If winter storms broke branches in your trees or shrubs, a warmish February day when rain is not in the forecast for at least 24 hours is a great time to tidy up. (Pruning just before a rain increases the chance of the tree becoming infected through those fresh wounds.)

And while you have the clippers or pruning saw out, also take a look at other trees and shrubs that might need trimming for shape or fruit production. When branches are bare, it’s easier to identify ones that are crossed or diseased.

But be careful if you have apple or pear trees, which tend to send up vertical water sprouts or suckers. Heavily pruning those now can cause the tree to send up even more. Clip off some of the spots, then remove more during the summer.

Your local gardening store or your state’s extension service can give advice tailored to your area.


Lawn-mowing season might not begin until March or even later, depending on where you live.

But if you wait until then to check whether your mower, string trimmer and other gear are in good shape, you will probably encounter a backup at repair companies.

Save yourself the angst by making sure everything’s in working condition; if it isn’t, get the repair done now.

Also check for a dull or chipped mower blade.

There are plenty of YouTube videos that show how to sharpen a mower blade.

If it’s heavily nicked, though, replace it.

To get an exact match, take the old blade with you when you shop.




The original dam was built in 1896 and enlarged in 1910. The Sugar Pine Railroad used to cross the dam, bringing logging to Fresno. The Dam is actually two parts both basically earth (Hydraulic Fill). The long side, the one you see from most angles of the lake has no spillway. There is a water tower which allows for the regulated outflow to the generator and stream.


The other side is around to the East. It is where the spillway is located. The spillway is specially designed to allow high levels of water to flow down stream without damaging the dam. 


The spillway has 2 moveable gates to regulate outflow.  The height of the Spillway to the top of the gates is about 11.5 ft. The top of the gate is 3376.4 ft elevation.

Here you see the steel tracks for the removable boards.  The boards slide into a track and hold water back. They are installed after April 1st and remove November 1st. They can not be removed when holding back water. Typically no water goes through the spillway since it cannot be used to generate power. The spillway provides emergency protection to the dam. All outflow is regulated through the power station.


The Boards and the Gates are closed in this picture taken with the lake filling and only 3″ of water pushing against the boards.

Take a Hike!

The Dam is accessible from the public boat ramp on the South East side of the Lake from Road 222. You can walk across the long dam, follow the paved road a little further and you will see the Spillway. If you follow the paved road for 10 minutes you will meet Road 274 and see Browns Ditch, or reverse the path and start at browns Ditch.

Along side the Falls are trails on both sides. They will take you up the creek to where Road 274 crosses. The trails go up at least another mile. Beware of poison oak. Be in shape because it is a steep climb. Have fun.

Water Sources


Most of the rain and snow melt, run into the lake through the Falls located at the North West end. North Shore Road (rd 432) crosses over this creek called ‘North Willow Creek’  This creek is also the source of drinking water for the Pines Track & Falls Tracks

Another major source is Browns Ditch. This slue was added to increase the inflow when the dam was enlarged in 1910. The slue is located at the North Eastern side of the Lake. You can see Browns Ditch on Road 274 & Central Camp. Water fills the slue at a maximum rate of 75 cu/ft/sec from Browns Creek and South Willow Creek along with several other unnamed creeks.


Many smaller streams also feed water to the lake.
Willow Cove – Pines Creek
Lake Shore Cove – Salter Creek
Recreation Point – Slide Creek

The Crane Valley Power House, at Bass Lake has a 900 KW Generator, installed in 1919. This is one of 5 generators on the San Joaquin River system producing about 28 MW’s of power.


The power House as seen from the top of the dam. Water is diverted to either the creek or to another slue taking it to other generators.  Water is always released into the creek to maintain the down stream habitat.

Dam Operation and Description

The Lake is Owned by PG&E and regulated by government agencies. PG&E operates the lake under a Federal License which sets the conditions for maintaining the lake’s water level and outflow needs. Considerations are made for the following uses :

Flood Control & Lake Level

  This needs are obvious. As summer ends the lake level is lowered to 50% of capacity to about -23 ft.  Regulations require the Lake to be lowered to  50% by November 1st. The Bass Lake Homeowners Association and other community interest lobbies PG&E to request a waiver of the rules delaying the draw down. This waiver is granted if a number of conditions exist to assure the lake is lowered to required levels. PG&E also schedules a maintenance outage to service all the power stations and slues in the system. This outage usually occurs in July & August so the ability to draw down the lake is limited to providing water to downstream habitat. Over the past few years the lake level has been kept high enough to keep docks floating through Labor Day.

Drinking Water Supply

The Lake provides limited drinking water to the PG&E Camp site area behind Millers Landing. Bass Lake Water District draws water from the stream feeding the falls.  Other homes and tracks obtain well water.Down Stream Habitat
  It is not possible to cut all water out flow down stream without damaging the habitat. Water supports fishing and wild life. It is not wasted however since down stream dams also generate power. Water flows into the central valley and is used for drinking and agriculture.

Power Generation

  Crane Valley Powerhouse, sited immediately below Bass Lake Dam generates 900 KW of power through its turbine and after the water is discharged from the powerhouse, it continues through four more downstream powerhouses generating about 28 MW for the system.   From the top of the dam you can see the powerhouse and the water moving down stream. Power is generated whenever the lake is drawn down for any reason. Sometimes energy needs outweigh the recreational needs to keep the lake full.

Recreational Use

The Lake brings thousand of people to the area and make a significant contribution the the area’s economy. The government and PG&E do there best to maintain the lake’s condition including keeping the water level high enough during the summer.

Topo Map of Bass Lake (size 119K)  Boating Information
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Housing Perspective
2024 Housing Market Outlook ( Courtesy of California Association of Realtors)

The U.S. economy survived 2023 without going into a recession, as consumers turned out to be more resilient than most economists expected. Despite going through high inflation, banking crisis, and rounds of layoffs by some of the high-profile companies in the past year, consumers remained upbeat and their confidence recovered somewhat at the end of 2023. The housing market, on the other hand, had a rough year as mortgage rates remained elevated and supply continued to be tight. The Fed is expected to cut its policy rate this year but has also indicated that they may not pull the trigger until they see more signs of easing in inflation.

The uncertainty of future rate cuts could increase interest rate volatility in the next couple of months, but the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage should slowly decline back to 6.5% by mid-year. Mortgage rates will continue to trend down in the second half of 2024 and could reach 6% by the end of the year.

With interest rates expected to decline gradually in the next 12 months, the lock-in effect will begin to ease, and more properties will be released onto the market. More newly built housing units will also be available as developers continue to rev up new constructions to address the persistent housing shortage issue.

While supply in 2024 will remain below the norm by historical standards, active listings could increase between 10% to 20% as market conditions and lending environment continue to improve. Lower costs of borrowing and an increase in housing supply are factors that could motivate buyers and sellers to reenter the market in the upcoming home buying season. First-time buyers who were priced out or got squeezed out by market competition last year will give it another shot to attain their American dream.

Repeat buyers who have overcome the lock-in effect will also return to the market as rates slowly trend down. Sales will have a soft growth in Q1 2024, but momentum should pick up later this year as rates decline further. California home sales will bounce back with a double-digits gain in 2024 after declining more than 20% in 2023.

Lower interest rates and tight housing supply will also put upward pressure on home prices in the coming year. While more sellers will be listing their proper-ties on the market, demand will also rise as affordability improves, resulting in market competition remaining intense. Meanwhile, with rates expected to dip in the next 12 months, buyers will have more financial flexibility to purchase homes at higher prices.

Assuming a healthy economy with either no recession or a mild recession in 2024, home prices should rise modestly across California, with the state’s median price growing 5.7% year-over-year and reaching a new high after falling 0.6% in 2023.

California Housing Market Outlook

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