Just 20 minutes from Yosemite National Park’s South Entrance lies a lakeside paradise where contemporary cabins are just a stroll from the shore, boats of all sizes are available for rent and the water in the summer reaches almost 80 degrees.
Established nearly 40 years ago, Miller’s Landing Resort on the breathtaking Bass Lake has become the place of memories for thousands of people who have stayed there over the years. And if you meet any of them, they’ll probably spend some time talking about the legendary Miller Burger with a side of house-made Thousand Island Dressing and served at the resort’s grill.
“We’ve been here for 38 years and are still family-owned and operated,” says Michelle Miller, manager of Miller’s Landing Resort. “We pride ourselves on making our customers feel like family.”
And they do that with a sense of humor. When you pull up to the resort, you’ll see a sign out front that claims Miller’s Landing Resort is “the second happiest place on Earth.” Disneyland, just five hours away to the south, lays claim to the official tagline “The happiest place on Earth.”
The resort offers a number of cabins for rent, including many that are two-family cabins. Most have washing machines and dryers, making it easy to pack lightly before you leave home and then wash what you wear at the resort. Each cabin is equipped with an outdoor firepit where you can roast s’mores.
Once you check-in, you’ll want to head to the lake. Its beauty has landed it in Cadillac, Chrysler and Honda commercials. It’s also where 1988 hit movie The Great Outdoors, starring John Candy and Dan Aykroyd was filmed, among others. The resort rents all sorts of boats, including ski boats, waverunners, fishing boats and wakesurf boats. You can rent by the hour, day or week, which makes it easy to get some lake time while balancing sightseeing in nearby Yosemite.
“The patio boat is the best way to see the lake,” Miller says. “It’s half covered, so if you want to be in the sun, you can. If you want to be in the shade, you can. It’s so relaxing.”
For those who want to power their own way around the lake, there are kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards. It’s a fantastic way to explore without having to worry about fast boats or waves. Follow the orange buoys that bob up and down around the lake, marking the 5-mile-per-hour zone. It’s only a 10-minute paddle from the rental dock to the dam.
The best part about boating may be your ability to order your lunch on-the-go to your boat. All you have to do is call in your order, and the resort will meet you at the dock with your freshly cooked food. If you have room for dessert later on, hit the resort’s Ice Cream Fountain for banana splits and root beer floats.
“We like to say we have all the comforts of home,” Miller says.
Plus, you can rent (or buy) Pedego Electric Bikes at the resort by the hour, day or for multiple days. The bikes are $25 an hour, and $100 for the day. You actually can ride the bikes in manual mode or get a boost when you opt for the electric-powered ride. Cruise the south shore of Bass Lake on an electric bike and stop for a picnic lunch along the shoreline. Or ride to nearby Willow Creek waterfalls for a hike or swim.
And with Yosemite just down the road, it makes for a fantastic basecamp to see the park’s sights during the day and then leave the crowds and be home roasting s’mores in less than a half hour.
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Miller's Landing Resort | Bass Lake
37976 Road 222
Wishon, California 93669