Maybe you’ve heard of Bass Lake in California or maybe you haven’t. Either way, if you’re planning a trip in California, this is worth considering. While some may consider Bass Lake akin to a smaller Lake Tahoe, Bass Lake is a 5-mile lake about half an hour south of Yosemite National Park and at a lower elevation than Lake Tahoe, it stays warmer in the summers. Bass Lake is a popular destination for those looking to swim, water ski, wakeboard, kayak, and so much more. You can bring or rent fishing gear and hope to catch anything from rainbow trout to Kokanee salmon. Or, in the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains take on the trails and spend your afternoon hiking. However you choose to fill your days, these family vacations all near Bass Lake will be the perfect home base.