The Bass Lake Independence Day celebration includes fireworks and a boat parade. The parade begins at7 PM Willow Cove and ends at Miller’s Landing, just before the fireworks begin. Fireworks are visible from the Pines Resort all the way to the Falls and The Forks Restaurants.
The Bass Lake Fishing Derby is a timeless tradition in the area, providing anglers with the opportunity to win up to $50,000 in prizes. The derby is held the first weekend in May after tagged rainbow trout are released into the waters. Two of the fish are worth $10,000, one worth $5,000, and the rest are tagged at $20 and $100 each. Adults must have a California fishing license to participate, and you can fish onshore or by boat.
Thousands visit Bass Lake for the Yosemite Half Marathon, an event that allows you to run through the Sierra on the many fire roads around the lake before heading down to Beashore Road, ending at Recreation Point. It is a five-mile run through forests followed by a fast descent and three-mile loop. The event is held in May each year.
My*Tri Youth Triathlon, hosted by the Miller’s Landing Resort, appeals to those who want a challenging but fun course at all levels. Courses are designed for children 5 to 17 and even beginners to enjoy the event. It is a traditional swim, bike, and run event with three divisions, including Dash, Spring, and Ace. It began in 2013 as a way to promote healthy living for area youth. It is held in September each year.
Held in June each year, the Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon consists of Olympic and Sprint distance courses that include a swim, a ride around the lake, and a 5k or 10k run on the shore. Triathlons have a long history at Bass Lake, starting when the USAT and USTS National Championships were held at the lake in 1983.
Mountain bikers enjoy the Grizzly Century Bike Run, a 100-mile ride with the scenery of the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway. Riders choose from four different rides, including the Griz with an elevation over 10,000 feet and the Byway Grinder, a 100-mile ride on surfaces that include gravel, oil, native surface, and more. The Metric Century has views of the forests, rock formations, and the high Sierras at a 6,587 elevation while the Loop the Lake route is a 1,836 elevation around the lake. The event includes a pancake breakfast, lunch stops, and a post-ride barbecue meal.