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VISITORS GUIDE 2010

Madera County

Michael Ambrose© Yosemite Valley Twilight

California's Gateway to Yosemite


Yosemite Mtn Sugar Pine Railroad ALL ABOARD!

Authentic Steam Powered Locomotives “Moonlight Special” Train, Barbeque & Entertainment • • • • •

HWY 41 • Fish Camp • CA • 93623

(559) 683-7273 www.yosemitesteamtrains.com Founded By The

Family In 1965

Operating in the Sierra National Forest at Yosemite’s South Gate

Model-A Powered Railcars Museum Gift Shops Sandwich Shop Gold Panning


Whether you are reading this from the comfort of your home asyouplanyournextvacation, or from your hotel room as you decide what adventure to take part in, welcome to madera County: California’s Gateway toYosemite. As you read through these pages, you’ll learn about the region’sbiggestdraw,Yosemite National Park. the majesty of the monolithic granite cliffs, the awe inspiring views of the valley and the power of the waterfalls have attracted millionsofpeopleeveryyear. Continue on however, and you’llfindthatmaderaCounty has much more to offer as well. the fine wines along the maderaWinetrail,thewindow into a prehistoric world at the Fossil Discovery Center in Chowchilla,thefestivalsatthe CoarsegoldHistoricVillage,the art museums in Oakhurst and thewealthofrecreationatBass Lakearealltremendousdraws thatmakemaderaCountysuch apopulardestination. We invite you to explore all our regionhastooffer.insidethese pagesyou’llfindanabundance of knowledge to help you plan yourvacation.ofcourse,ifyou have more questions, please feel free to contact us online at www.YosemitethisYear.com or call us at (559) 683-4636. You can also become a fan at facebook.com/yosemitesierra.

Christophe Testi© - Top of Nevada Fall, Yosemite National Park

Welcome to

Madera County, California's Gateway to Yosemite (559)683-4636-YosemitetHisYear.Com

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VEGAS Meets

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SIERRAS

Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino is the most flawless combination of gaming, luxury, and nature that you will ever find. Mere minutes from Yosemite’s south entrance and featuring over 400 luxurious rooms and spacious suites, over 1,800 slots and 46 table games, 7 award-winning restaurants, a full service spa and salon, an indoor/outdoor pool and poolside bar and world-class entertainment.

Hwy 41 just north of Fresno in Coarsegold 1-866-7-WIN-WIN (946-946) | www.chukchansigold.com


Supervisor's Message onbehalfofthemaderaCountyBoardofsupervisors,itismypleasuretowelcomeyoutomaderaCounty.Locatedintheheartof CaliforniaandtheCentralsierramountains,maderaCountyhaseverypossibleattractionrangingfromdelectablerestaurantsto localhistoricaltreasurestooneofamerica'sfavoriteNationalParks,Yosemite. asthegatewaytoYosemiteNationalPark,thesierraNationalForestandBassLake,weurgeyoutoexperiencetheirbreathtakingly scenic beauty. We invite you to learn about our history, which is preserved in the numerous museums across the County. We recommendyoutraveltheworld-renownedmaderaCountyWinetrailandtryyourluckatgamingattheChukchansiGold&resort Casino.ifyou'remoreinterestedinleisureactivities,weoeranarrayofbeautifullylandscaped golfcoursesthatcanchallengeboththebeginnerandtheseasonedveteran. We strongly believe that madera County has every accommodation you will need for a fun, memorable and truly enjoyable visit. rest assured your visit will leave you relaxed as well asrejuvenated. VerytrulyYours,

tomWheeler,Chairman maderaCountyBoardofsupervisors

Nancy RobbinsŠ Barn in Raymond

(559)683-4636-YosemitetHisYear.Com

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Madera County Land of Diversity FewplacesboastasmuchvarietyasmaderaCounty.Fromthefertilevalleysofthewesternregionstotheforestedfoothillstothe east,maderaCountyhasabountyofattractionsasvariedasthescenery. thevalleyisknownasarichagriculturalarea,wheremuchoftheproduceenjoyedbythecountryandworldisgrown.Hereyou’llfind thecommunitiesofmadera,thecounty’sseat,Chowchilla,hometoahistoricdiscovery,andmaderaranchos,asmallcommunity withHollywoodconnections. theagrarianculturecanbefeltinmanyfacetsofthesecommunities,likethetractorParadeofLightseachDecemberinmadera,or theChowchillastampedeeveryapril,whichincludesacattledrivedownthecity’smainthoroughfare.Fairgroundsinbothmadera andChowchillahostnumerousexcitingevents,andstockcarracingaswell. one of the most significant Pleistocene period fossil beds in all of the country is located just south of Chowchilla. Fossils from numerousanimalsareondisplayattheFossilDiscoveryCenter,locatedatthedigsitewheretheywerefirstdiscovered.morethan 14,000fossilshavebeenunearthedalready,belongingto37differentspecies,includingmammothsandsaber-toothedcats. maderaranchosisasmallcommunitywithabigHollywoodconnection,astwoofthetown’spioneerswereJackHaley,mostfamous forhisroleasthetinmaninWizardofozandJackieGleason.theirinfluenceisfeltthroughoutthecommunityasstreetsarenamed afterotherHollywoodroyalty. maderaCountyalsohasalonghistoryasawineproducingregion.therearemorethanadozenwineriesthroughoutthecounty thatmakeupthemaderaWinetrail.mostofthesewineriesalsohavepublictastingrooms,givingenthusiastsanintimatesetti ngin whichtosamplethedelicatecreations. asyoumakeyourwayuptothefoothills,you’llnoticethesceneryquicklychangesfromthefertileflatlandsofthevalleytogracefully rollinghillscoveredinswayinggrassesandthenverdantforestsoftoweringpines,incenseCedars,Giantsequoiasandothermajestic trees.Hereyou’llfindthefoothillscommunitiesofahwahnee,BassLake,Coarsegold,NorthFork,o’Neals,oakhurstandraymond. Franka Gabler© - Sierra Foothills

OAKHURST LODGE

only 15 miles from Yosemite

Relaxing Comfortable Affordable

60 Non-Smoking Pet-Free Double Queen Rooms with In-room Mr. Coffee, Cable TV, Guest Pool, Picnic Area, Laundry and Free Internet Member: C.L.I.A., A.H.H.A, Y.S.V.B

40302 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst

Online Reservations at www.oakhurstlodge.com

559-683-4417 or 800-OKLODGE

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BassLakewasnamedbysunsetmagazineasoneoftheWest’sBestLakes.uponarriving,you’llimmediatelyseewhy.unparalleled scenicbeautymatchedwithabundantrecreationactivitiesbothonandoffthewatermakesforaworldclassdestination.Various lodgingoptionsarealongtheshores,fromrusticcabinstoluxuriousresortsandvacationhomerentals. oakhurstliesjust14milesbelowtheentrancetoYosemite,makingitapopularlodgingstopforthepark.However,itattractsmany visitorsonitsownasitboastsavibrantartscommunity,withgalleries,anhistorictheatre,children’smuseumandmore.itslocation makesitanexcellentchoiceforvisitorslookingforsomewheretostayandexploretheregion. inCoarsegoldyou’llfindhintsofCalifornia’spastduringthegoldrushthatbeganin1849.Goldpanningisstillacommonpasttime here.FuncanbefoundattheCoarsegoldHistoricVillage,asnumerousevents,festivalsandswapmeetsareheldthroughouttheyear. theregionhasarichtribalcultureaswell,whichisondisplayearlyeachoctoberastheChukchansitribehostsalargePowWow. inthemiddleofitallisNorthFork,locatedintheexactgeographiccenterofCalifornia.thisregionissteepedintribalcultureaswell, asitishometotheNorthForkrancheriabandofmonoindians.Youcanexperiencetheirhistoryatthesierramonomuseum. Whilemanyofthecommunitiessawboom-timesthankstogoldortimberoperations,o’Nealsalwaysremainedaquietretreatfrom thehustleandbustle.todayo’NealsissurroundedbyfarmandrangelandandboastsapopularstopalongthemaderaWinetrail. madera County truly is an amazing destination with so much to see and do. From excellent lodging options to restaurants that will tempt the taste buds to unique attractions like the YosemitemountainsugarPinerailroadinFishCamp,thecountyoffersawealthofrecreational opportunities. read through this magazine to see even more of our treasures that await. WelcometoCalifornia’sGatewaytoYosemite.

rhondasalisbury YosemitesierraVisitorsBureauPresident

2010 Yosemite Sierra Visitors Guide - Table of Contents Welcome................................................. 3 supervisor'smessage..............................5 maderaCounty: LandofDiversity.................................. 6,7 BeyondYosemite..................................... 9 Yosemitesierra Calendarofevents........................... 10,11 HitthemaderaWinetrail.....................13 Localagriculture....................................15 VisitBassLake.......................................17

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exploreBassLake(map)........................19 tribalCulture......................................... 21 scenicBeauty.................................. 22,23 sierraVistaNational scenicByway(map)...............................25 areamapfor maderaCounty/ southernYosemite.......................... 26,27 illustrated:theroadtoHeaven............28 Where to Stay?......................................29 Flora&Fauna.................................. 30,31

Lifestylesports................................ 32,33 artisticexpressions.......................... 34,35 VacationFun.......................................... 37 WeddingBackdrop................................39 Lodging...................................... 41,43,45 Camping................................................ 46 WildernessPermits, CampfirePermits, Publicshowers,rVParks.......................47 DiningChoices....................................... 49

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Beyond Yosemite

Franka Gabler© - Hills around Millerton Lake

many people come to California’s Gateway toYosemitetovisittheiconthatisYosemite National Park. While driving through the region,manyvisitorsareoftensurprisedby the amount of things there are to see and dooutsideofthepark.

Lisa Baker©

- Old Mad era now a mus County Courthouse , eum

madera County is a rich and diverse region. From the fertile valleys around madera and Chowchilla, to the verdantmountainsoftheeasterncountycommunitieslikeahwahnee,BassLake, Coarsegoldandoakhurst,thereareamplerecreationopportunities. While on your way to Yosemite, take some time to explore the surroundings. You’llfindwelcomingcommunitieswithuniquerestaurants,funevents,exciting attractionsandgreatlodgingoptions. YoucanhopaboardthehistoricloggertrainatthesugarPinerailroadnorthof oakhurst,catchoneofthegreateventsatthemaderaDistrictFairgroundsinthe cityofmadera,fishfortrout,bassandmoreinthemanylakesandrivers,ordine atourworldclassrestaurants. se in meadow off

Brian Wilhite© - Hor

(559)683-4636-YosemitetHisYear.Com

Hwy 41

as you explore madera County, you’ll see that in addition to the majesty of Yosemite,maderaCountyhassomuchtooffer. 9


Yosemite Sierra Calender of Events February

Fresno Flats Ragtime & Vintage Music Festival

June

Wine & Chocolate Weekend/Madera Wine Trail

Classic V-Drive Boat Show

oakhurst-(559)683-6570

maderavintners.com-(800)613-0709

BassLake v-driveboats.com (559)322-9340

February's Valentine Wine Express

Chowchilla/DistrictChamberofCommerce-(559)665-5603 onian© Michael Sim Fork Signpost North Handcrafted

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Susanne Updike-Waite© - Sugar Pine Railroa

Art, Music and Dinner in the Meadow

April

Coarsegold-(559)642-4448

34th Annual Bass Lake Arts and Crafts Fair

Woodcarvers Rendezvous

PinesVillage/BassLake-thecraftfair.org-(559)877-3474

oakhurst-oakhurstchamber.com (559)658-2405or(562)425-0732

Western Stampede

ChowchillastampedeCattleDrive Chowchilla-(559)665-1496

4th Annual Spring Bass Lake Arts and Crafts Fair

May

PinesVillage/BassLakethecraftfair.org (559)877-3474

Flatlander Day Parade

maderaranchos-(559)645-4001

Chowchilla-Madera County Fair Chowchilla-(559)665-3728

Home & Garden Show - Oakhurst

oakhurstchamber.com-(559)683-7766

Memorial Day Weekend Peddlers Fair

es© Victoria Hughdway Madera Spee

Coarsegold-(559)683-3900

Donn Hoyer© - Firewor

ks at Bass Lake

Spring Wine Trail Adventure/Madera Wine Trail maderavintners.com-(800)613-0709

July

30th Annual Bass Lake Fishing Derby

Light Up the Sky Annual Fireworks Show

BassLake-www.basslakechamber.com-(559)642-3676

20th Annual Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show BassLakeacbs-tahoe.org-(559)733-8379

Rock the Dock

BassLake-basslakechamber.com (559)642-3676

Annual Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree NorthFork-(559)877-7700

begins15-weeksession-BassLake-basslake.com-(559)642-3121

ghes© Victoria Hu boree, Loggers Jam North Fork

CIE Wakeboard Championship

BassLake/Pinesresort-www.basslake.com-(559)642-3121

58th Annual Coarsegold Rodeo

Coarsegold-thecoarsegoldrodeo.com-(559)683-1952

a© howchill City of C ve ts of the pede Cattle Dri en lim p Com illa Stam Chowch

Iron Gate Arts Show

Chowchilla/ParkviewPlaza-(559)665-3135

Chowchilla Spring Festival Parade & BBQ Chowchilla-(559)665-4501

Brian Wilhite© - Wa

keboard Tournamen t at Bass Lake

Donn Hoyer© - Springtime Field 10

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These are just some of the events happening in the area, to see dates and additional events visit http://www.yosemitethisyear.com/calendar

August

October

Annual Sierra Mono Museum Indian Fair Days & Pow Wow

Picayune Rancheria Pow Wow Coarsegold-(559)683-6633

NorthFork-(559)877-2115

Fall Chocolate & Wine Festival oakhurst-oakhurstchamber.com (559)683-7766

Mountain Classic Car Show NorthFork-(559)877-4597

8th Annual Sierra Art Trails

sierraarttrails.org-(559)658-8844

September

Ron Hend Didgeridoo ershott© , North Fo rk

fresnocycling.com-(559)299-0175

Lisa Madera Baker© - La nd County near Hwmark barn, y 145 & Hw

Annual Grizzly Century Bike Ride

Madera District Fair

NorthFork-grizzlycentury.org

maderaFairGrounds-maderafair.com-(559)674-8511

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North Fork Fall Festival

Labor Day Weekend Peddlers Fair

NorthFork-(559)877-4806 or(559)877-2282

Coarsegold-(559)683-3900

8th Annual Run for the Gold Car Show

November

oakhurst-(559)877-6500

14th Annual Mountain Heritage Days @ Fresno Flats oakhurst-(559)683-6570

Yosemite Flute & Art Festival - Oakhurst

madera-(559)675-7071

s

ch dancer

Grub Gul

Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century

BassLake-basslake.com-(559)642-3121

Old Timer's Day Parade & Celebration

Victoria H

Coarsegold-(559)683-3900

Rock the Dock Season Finale

yosemiteflutefest.com-(559)641-5980

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Tarantula Festival

Holiday Spirit Wine Trail Weekend/ Madera Wine Trail maderavintners.com-(800)613-0709

10th Annual Bass Lake Tree Lighting Ceremony

BassLake/PinesVillage- basslake.com-(559)692-8868

Old Timer's 'Day in the Park' madera-(559)673-0291

December

23rd Annual Smokey Bear 10K and 2 Mile Run / Walk

smokeybearrun.com-(559)683-1770

Nancy Robbins© California AMGEN Tour of

Coffee Cats & Chowchilla Art Guild Christmas Boutique

Doug Sc Lance Armott© strong

Chowchilla/ParkviewPalms-(559)665-3135 Susanne Updik e-W Coarsegold Rodeaite© o

42nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Chowchilla-(559)665-8640

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting maderaranchos-(559)645-4001

Tractor Parade of Lights madera-(559)673-5951

Christmas Tree Lighting

Susan ne Sugar Updike-W Pine S aite© ingers

oakhurst-(559)683-7653

Christmas Bazaar

NorthFork-(559)877-4554

Annual Children's Parade NorthFork-(559)877-7590

mire© Joanne Free Tenaya Sleighders Ri d an rse Ho

Wine Stroll

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Brent Paull© Grapes on the Vine

Hit the Madera Wine Trail

WhileCaliforniaisknownforitsrichofferingsofvariouswines,manyaresurprisedtofindthatmaderaCounty, California’sGatewaytoYosemite,offersmanyworldclasswinesaswell. the madera Wine trail stretches from the valley floor near madera to the foothills of the sierra Nevada, just south of the entrance to Yosemite. a dozen wineries make up the trail, each one offering everythingfromlocallygrownCabernetssauvignonandriesling tosumptuousdesertwines. madera County is actually one of the oldest wine producing areas of California, with homesteaders growing wine grapes throughout the area since thelate1800s.sincethattime,familieshavecome to the region, bringing with them the tradition of their homelands, such as France, italy and armenia. these traditions, when combined with the new wineries and the ideal climate conditions, have created numerous awardwinningwines. asyouexploreCalifornia’s GatewaytoYosemite, besuretotraversethe maderaWinetrail. Youjustmayfinda favorite new wine to add to your collection. © Bulent Gurpinar - Fotolia.com (559)683-4636-YosemitetHisYear.Com

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Experience the Luxury of Quaint River View Lodging

WINE BAR

& BEER GARDEN Relax in the modern luxury of your room or take a stroll on our landscaped pathway and enjoy the views leading to the river. Visit our wine bar for a taste of over ninety fine wines and a selection of imported beers.

Minutes away from the south entrance to Yosemite National Park!

Visit Oakhurst’s First Winery and Taste our Handcrafted Wines

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dle

We use sustainably grown grapes and make the wine gently, using gravity flow and other traditional methods. We produce Viognier, Pinot Noir,

our Merlot, Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon.

winery 41139 Highway 41, Oakhurst, Ca 93644 u Tel: 559.683.4354 www.queensinn.com u www.idlehourwinery.com

North Fork Arts Council Supporting the Visual & Performing Arts in Eastern Madera County with Shows & Art Festivals

www.northforkartscouncil.org • Mural Wall Art • Painting • Classes • Joan Constable • Sculpture • Studio • Fine & Green Art

BURNING BRUSH ART STUDIO (559) 877-4195

www.burningbrushartstudio.com (559)

877-6209

PO Box 400 33030 Road 228 North Fork CA 93643

103 Years of History, Food & Fun!

Something for Everyone!

For more information about these events, contact these local businesses

The North Fork Rancheria Resort Project

JANET WHEELER Homes, Ranches, Bass Lake, North Fork, Commercial & O’Neals and Lake Property surrounding area

559

877-4177

J.Wheeler@c21ditton.com

Drive-thru ATM

Located next to the post office at Road 225 & Road 222 Member FDIC Insured

• 4,000+ jobs (559) 760-3969

877-8700

BuckhornSaloon.net

Art in the Garden ◆ Didgeridoo Fest ◆ Fall Follies Christmas Bazaar, Parade & Art Show ◆ Fall Festival & Art Show Derby Spring Fling ◆ Squirrel Cage Theatre ◆ Sidewalk Arts Festival Grizzly Bike Ride ◆ Indian Fair Days Pow Wow ◆ Kids Fishing Loggers Jamboree ◆ Mountain Classic Car Show

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Call Buyer Specialist & Realtor

Kirsten Englund (559)676-1901

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Brent Paull© Peaches

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Paul Mullins

theagrarianlifestyleisaliveandwellinmaderaCounty.

Local Agriculture

thevalleyfloorofmaderaCountyishometosomeofthemostfertileandproductivefarmlandinthecountry,producingcrops thatfeedthenation.Whilenumerousstaplesaregrownhere,mostcommonarepistachios,almondsandothernuts,aswell asnumerousfruitsandvegetables.

avisittomaderaCountywouldn’tbecompletewithouttouringthefarmlandsinthevalley.thesheervolumeofthenation’s foodproducedhereisaweinspiring.thebestpartoftheexperience,however,willbesamplingthelocalproduceatoneofthe manyfarmer’smarketsfoundthroughoutthecounty.Producenevertastedsogoodaswhenitwaspickedthedayitwaseaten.

Paul Mullins© - Vineyard at Copper and Minnewawa in Clovis (559)683-4636-YosemitetHisYear.Com

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GUDMUNDSEN GALLERY

Brian Kincade

TIMBERLINE GALLERY

TimberlineArtGallery.com 559-683-3345

NationalParksArt.com 559-683-3345

40982 HWY 41, OAKHURST, CA 93644

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Visit Bass Lake

Brian Wilhite© - Wakeboarding at Bass Lake

Withcoolbluewaterssurroundedbywhisperingpines,itiseasytoseewhyBassLakeissuchapopulardestination. outdoorandwaterloversalikehavebeenflockingtothisparadisefordecades.However,it’sthenamingbysunsetmagazine as"oneofthebestlakesinthewest"thathascementedBassLake’sreputationasatoptiervacationdestination.Withample recreationalactivitiesaswellaslodginganddiningamenities,BassLakeiscertaintomaintainthatstatusasafavoritespotfor vacationerslookingforagreatgetawaylongintothefuture. Whilethesceneryaloneisalmostenoughtocaptureone’sheart,thefunactivitiesareabundant.Boating,fishing,wakeboarding, skiing and just about any other water activity one could think of are a popular pastime on Bass Lake. Large mouth Bass, Kokanee,salmon,rainbowandBrowntroutcanallbecaughteitherbyboat,orfromtheshore.ifyoufindyourselfatBass Lakewithoutaboat,youcanstillhaveagreattimeasrentalcompaniesoffereverythingfromrowboatstopartybargestoski boatstowaverunnersforafulldayoffun. stayingatBassLakeiseasyaswell,asaccommodationsincludeeverything from campgrounds to rustic cabins, a luxurious hotel and numerous vacation rental homes, allowing you to customize your vacation any way you see fit. all properties are located moments away from the water’s edge,soyou’realwaysclosetotheaction.andtheviewsareunparalleled. BassLakeisalsohometonumerousspecialeventsthroughouttheyear. eventssuchastheannualBassLakeFishingDerbyortheantiqueWooden Boat show each may, the Classic V-Drive Boat show each June and numerouscraftsfairsandfarmersmarketsthroughouttheyearmakefor greatexcusestoplanatrip.Perhapsthelargestevent,however,wouldbe theannualLightuptheskyannualfireworksshoweachindependence Day. this incredible pyrotechnic display ignites the sky in a blaze of patrioticcolor,reflectedinthewatersofthelakebelow. ss Fun at Ba Waite© e Updike-

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Bass Lakes proximity to area attractions, the abundant lodging options,wildlifeandrecreationalactivitiesmakeitaperfectvacation destination.Wehopetoseeyouatthelakesoon. 17


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Boat Rentals ★ Cabin Rentals ★ Restaurant Grocer y Store ★ Ice Cream Fountain Public Showers ★ Laundromat

(559) 642-3633 (866) MLR-4-FUN

www.millerslanding.com

South Shore • Bass Lake (Down by the Dam) • 37976 Road 222 • Wishon, CA Miller’s Landing operates under a special use permit in the Sierra National Forest


sierraNational Forest

Explore Bass Lake

LEGEND

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Bass Lake is jus t on Jeff Grandy© Flye of the wonderful areas to fish! Fishing in the Me rced River 19


Yosemite West Reservations

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Bass Lake Vacation Rentals

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559-642-2211 • BassLakeReservations.com

You only have one first visit to Yosemite … make it Exceptional with Discover Yosemite

Enjoy Sunset or a Sunset and Full Moon from Sentinel Dome on our Sunset and Full Moon Tours. Get off the beaten track with our private/custom Natural History and Hiking Tours. Our Full Day Yosemite Tours Include • Yosemite Valley • Park fees • Glacier Point • Pick up at your local accomodation • Mariposa Grove • The best Yosemite Guides in the business • Lunch • Clean, environmentally friendly busses Wedding and Group Services • Private tours for 1-500 • Airport shuttles • Dinner shuttles • Charters to/from anywhere in California “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunchine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” John Muir

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Tribal Culture

Nancy Robbins© Wassama Round House

maderaCounty:alandofdiverseculture manyarefamiliarwiththeregion’srichhistory.thecreationoftheYosemite Land Grant by President abraham Lincoln paved the way for the current NationalParksystem,andminingintheareawasquitelucrativeduringthe 1849goldrushandloggingbroughtpeopleandprosperitythroughoutmuch of the county. the history goes back much further than that, however, as severalnativetribescalledthisareahome.

Barbara Ezell© Fancy Shawl dancer, North Fork Pow Wow

Barbara Ezell © - Proud Gr ass Dancer, Gran d Entry

the mono indians firstcameto thevalleysometime between 800 and 900 a.D. in search of an area not affectedbydroughtconditionsnorthandeastofthesierraNevada.asemi-nomadictribe,theywouldfollowgameand otherfoodsourcestosustaintheirfamilies. theirhistorycanbeexperiencedfirsthandasthetribeoperatesamuseuminNorthForkthathasanextensivecollection ofartifactsincludingbaskets,weapons,games,crafts,huntingmaterialsandceremonialitems.thetribeholdsafestival andPow-Wowthefirstweekofaugustthatisaninspirationalglimpseintotherichtraditionsofthemonotribe. theChukchansiindianshistoryreportthattheyhavelivedinthevalleysince“timeimmemorial.” Likethemono,theywerehuntersandgathers,livingoffofthelandwithstaplessuchasacorns, nutsandseedsaswellasdeerandrabbit.thePicayunerancheriaofChukchansiindiansnow operatetheChukchansiGoldresortandCasinoinCoarsegold.oneofthelargestfacilitiesin allofCalifornia,itisamajoreconomicgeneratorfortheregion.

r Princess, © - Pit Rive gust 2009 Barbara Ezell ow Au W w Po rk North Fo (559)683-4636-YosemitetHisYear.Com

the beginning of each october, the tribe holds the Chukchansi PowWow. the event features native foods, native art and colorful dance ceremoniesthatareremindersofwhattriballifefortheChukchansi waslikeforhundredsofyears. Dan Warsinger© - Chukchansi Gold Casino & Resort

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Scenic Beauty

Barbara Ezell© Visitors at Glacier Point lookout

FromtheclassicarchitectureoftheoldmaderaCountyCourthouse,now themaderaCountymuseum,tothestatelypinesofthesierraNational Forest,everywhereyoulookinmaderaCounty,beautyisthere. As you travel through the region, be sure to stop and admire the scenery. Few places offer such diverse views in such a small area. one moment youcanbedrivingamidst a scenic grove of pistachio trees or endless rows of lush grapevines and within half an hour you are steering down a sun dappled road in a forest of towering evergreens and mightyoaks. that’swhatmakesmadera County such a special destination:variety.Visitors can experience the best of California within an hours drive from any point in the county.thefertilefarmlands don’t just feed the country, but they feed your soul as 22

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the healthy fields created a sweeping panorama of verdantland. Further to the east, the land starts to change into gently rolling hills covered in tall grasses with the occasional oak tree strategically placed for a perfect photoop.therangelandisagainbeautiful,asmilesof greenhillsarereminiscentofthescotti shhighlands. In the spring these hills can explode with color as countless wildflowers bloom. it’s hard to imagine a more peaceful image than a sun drenched hillside coveredingrassesasahummingbirdflitsfromflower toflowerinsearchofnectar. Continueeastandyouwillfindyourselfsurrounded byforestinthefoothillsofthesierraNevada.From the impressive Giant sequoias of Nelder Grove, to thesparklingbluewatersofBassLake,thescenery here is inspirational and stunning. Here we see that mother Nature is the world’s most talented architect,asonecan’thelpbutbeawestruckbythe granitecliffsandthunderingwaterfallsofYosemite NationalPark.

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maderaCountyisalsoanarearichinhistory,whichisdisplayedinits buildings.themaderaCountymuseumwasbuiltin1900asthecounty’s courthouse.thestructurestandstodayasnobleasthedayitwasbuilt, aniconfromaprevioustimeandabeautifulwindowtothepast. Furthereastthehistoricbuildingstakeonamorerusticstyle.utilitarian yetstillbeautiful,theyareareflectionoftheregion’sminingandlogging historyofoveracenturyago.thewoodendwellingsandstorefrontsfit harmoniously in with the forested surroundings, a setti ng that is calm andserene. Beauty abounds in madera County. Just make sure you bring enough batteries for your cameratocaptureitall.

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5 luxury cottages await you in this unique and finely appointed retreat. Seclusion is the norm for this quiet mountain paradise.

“A Secret Place” near Yosemite

Vacation Getaway Family Reunions Weddings Meetings Retreats

Come celebrate your special occasion at Paradise Springs. Surrounded by the Sierra National Forest, and close to Yosemite National Park, provides you with fresh air, clean water and memories for a lifetime.

For reservations 559-642-2613 Rhonda@ParadiseSpringsMountain.com www.ParadiseSpringsMountain.com

Yosemite Bicycle & Sport www.yosemitebicycle.com

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Sales & Rentals

Service & Repairs

Specialized & Diamondback Bikes

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Your journey Begins here

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Yosemite National Park

Sierra National Forest

Ansel Adams Wilderness

Sierra National Forest

Sierra Vista

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For more information to help plan your trip contact:

(559) 642-2262

(559)642-3676

(559)673-3563

Madera District Chamber of Commerce

(559) 645-0634

(559) 665-5603

Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce

Golden Valley Chamber of Commerce

Chowchilla Chamber of Commerce

Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce

Chambers of Commerce:

Yosemite Valley

(559)683-7766

Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce

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North Fork Chamber of Commerce

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Getting here is easy, as Highway 41 into Yosemite National Park rarely suffers impassability.

Mileage and drive times to Oakhurst From

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Bakersfield...............155 miles.......2.5hours Chowchilla.................58 miles.....1.25hours Fresno........................48 miles....50 minutes LasVegas.................438 miles..........7hours Losangeles..............275miles.......4.5hours madera......................46 miles....45 minutes merced......................67miles.....1.25hours monterey.................195 miles..........3 hours Sacramento.............170miles..........3 hours San Diego.................380 miles..........6 hours sanFrancisco...........213 miles..........4 hours sanJose...................180 miles..........3 hours sanLuisobispo.......155 miles..........3 hours santaBarbara..........282 miles..........5 hours

Highway conditions Yosemite National Park

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U.S. Forest Service

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Where to Stay?

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thefamilyhasdecided:thenextvacationwillbeinmaderaCounty:California’sGatewaytoYosemite. thenextdecisionnowiswheretostay. You are presented with a wealth of options on where to stay during your visit. From full service resortstoprivatebedandbreakfasts,andeverythinginbetween,maderaCountyhasyoucovered. Hotels are always popular options. they offer the convenience of many amenities on site, they generallyhaveafullstaffwho’sgoalistomakeyourstayasenjoyableaspossibleandtheyarewell versedinmakingavisitperfect.maderaCountyhasnoshortageofhotels,fromthevalleyfloorto thefoothills,thereisabountyofhotelswaiting. many others opt for the unique experience offered by inns and bedandbreakfasts.thisoptionispopularamongpeoplelooking y ins© - Popp for a private, romantic getaway. often times nestled amidst Nancy Robb scenicvistas,theyofferguestsachancetoreallyconnectwiththe destination.theoneononecontactwithguestsandtheintimateatmosphereallows gueststohaveacustomtailoredexperience,apopulargoalformanyvacationstoday. For all the comforts of home, while still enjoying all a new area has to offer, vacation home rentals have become another popular choice. these well appointed residences have all the creaturecomfortsofhome,andmanytimesmore,tohelpcreatetheperfectvacation.theyalso makeforgreatoptionswhenlargefamilieslooktotakeavacationtogether,orperhapsholda familyreunion. Withsomanyoptions,theYosemitesierraVisitorsBureauisheretohelp.explorethelodging guide.thepropertiesarearrangedbythecommunityinwhichtheyarelocatedandbytype. thegridalsoshowswhichofthemostcommonlysoughtafteramenitieseachpropertyoffers, helping you to find the ideal solution for your trip. there is much to see and do in madera County,andyourbestvacationwillstartwiththeperfectlodgingoption. (559)683-4636-YosemitetHisYear.Com

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WhilemaderaCountyisknownforitsdiverseandvariedattractions,naturelovers knowthattheregionisalsohometonumerousspeciesofplantsandanimals. someonecouldspendalifetimecatalogingthedifferenttreesandotherplantsthat growinmaderaCounty.themostcommonarethenoblePonderosaPine.aclose relativeisthesugarPine,whichhasthelargestconesofalltheconifersmeasuring upto18incheslong.anothercommontreeistheincenseCedar,amagnificenttree withasweetscentthatwaftsthroughtheareastheygrow.Numerousspeciesofoak also grow throughout the county, as well as maples, aspens and other deciduous trees,makingforbeautifulautumnsastheleavestakeonvibranthuesandsplashthe forestswithcolor. PerhapsthemostfamousofallthetreeswouldbetheGiantsequoia. thelargesttreeontheplanet,thesemassivesentries can stand as tall as 280 feet, with diameters of more than 20 feet at the base. these impressive giants only exist

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in a few groves in the sierra Nevada, including mariposa Grove at the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park and Nelder Grovenorthofoakhurst. Various animals also thrive here, such as the state’s mascot, theBlackBear.alsocommonaremuledeer,BigHornsheep, ringtail cats, raccoons, numerous species of squirrels, porcupinesandevencoyotesandgrayfoxes.Bobcats andmountainlionsalsoliveinthearea,buttend tostayfarawayfrominhabitedareas. Bird lovers flock to the area as well, as several dozen species of birds can be found throughoutthecounty,andthesierraNevada region.someofthemostbeautifulincludethe stellarJay,americanrobin,Westerntanager,Belted Kingfisherandrufoushummingbird.BassLakeishometoamating pairofBaldeaglesthatreturneachyeartoraiseyoung.theyhave been an annual fixture at the lake since 1999 to the delight of residentsandvisitorsalike. This is only a sample of the treasures madera County has to offer. For more information, our VisitorCenterat41969 Hwy 41 in oakhurst, has various guides and resources to help you learn even more about the vibrant array of plant and animal life found in maderaCounty.

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Lifestyle Sports

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Whilesomeprefertousetheirvacationtimeasachancetorelax,othersview theirtimeawayasachancetogettheheartpumpingandtheadrenalineflowing. thereisplentyofopportunitytodojustthatinCalifornia’sGatewaytoYosemite.

Sierra National Forest

thesteepgranitecliffsofYosemiteNationalParkhavebeenattractingrockclimbers fordecades.theexcitementofscalingtherockpairedwiththebreathtakingviews astheclimberoverlooksYosemiteValleyarelifechangingexperiences.

Group camping available

Forsomeonewholooksforexcitementclosertotheground,whitewaterrafting maybetheiractivityofchoice.excitingtripsdownthemercedriver,onlyminutes from Yosemite National Park, offer a thrilling ride and memories that will last alifetime.

Beautiful campsites along the shore of Bass Lake

Paved day-use picnic areas Boat ramp

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numerouslakesandriversofferthe chancetolandamemorablecatch. Bass Lake, eastman Lake, Hensley Lake, millerton Lake as well and several other smaller lakes are all popularspotstotrytoreelthebig onein. Forthosewhoenjoytheexcitement of a good race, the place to be are the madera and Chowchilla speedways.thesesistertrackshost some of the hottest racing action around, with numerous classes vying for trophies throughout the racing season. in addition, special events such as demolition derbies and fireworks shows make them a great option for the funlovingfamily. as you explore all madera County,California’sGateway toYosemitehastooffer,you may find even more ways to spend your time. one thing is certain, you’ll find yourself wanting to come backformore.

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YosemiteNationalParkisoneofthemostphotographedlocalesintheworld.thesweepingpanoramas,themonolithicgranitecliffs andthetoweringtreesallattractthecasualshutterbugtothemostardentandevenworldfamousphotographers.Professionals likeanseladamscapturedthepark’sbeautyandacountry’simagination.manyhavecometothisregiontotrytorecreatethe magichesaw.thefollowingtipswillhelpturnyoursnapshotsintoart. 1) Seize the opportunity: When you see something great, whether it’s wildflowers, snow-covered pines or a storm lifting from YosemiteValley,getoutofthecarandshootit.Don’twaitforareturntrip,don’twaitforwarmerweatheranddon’tthinkthereis somethingbetterfurtherdowntheroad.mostthetimethereisnot.takethetimetogetoutofthecarandgetthephotograph. 2) Stability:asturdytripodisparamounttogoodphotography.agoodtripodcanmakethedifferencebetweenaworkofartanda snapshot.atripodworksbestifithasaquick-releasetypeheadandstandsaboutchinhighwhenfullyextendedwiththecamera attached.otherfeatureswouldincludeashortcentercolumnandlegsthatcanbecantileveredoutsothatyoucangetverylowto theground. 3) Camera settings: theuseofthecamera’saperturePrioritymode,whichisthe‘a’modeforaNikonandthe‘av’modeona Canon-twoofthemostpopularbrandsofcamerasonthemarkettoday.themostimportantexposuresetti ngonyourcameraisthe apertureorF-stopbecauseitcontrolsthelookandfeelofthephotograph. theapertureisthediaphragmopeninglocatedonthelensandbycontrollingthisopening,youhavegreatercontrolovertheshot. LensF-stopsrangefrom2.8(bigdiaphragmopening)to22(smallopening).asmallF-stopchoicelikeF22createsagreaterdepth-offieldandslowstheshutterspeeddown,thusaddingmotiontowaterifit’sintheimage.Conversely,alargeF-stopprovidesashallow depth-of-fieldthatisolatesthesubjectfromthebackgroundandstopsactionwithhighershutterspeed. 4) Pick specific subject:Withsomuchscenicbeautyinthearea,photographerscanoftenfeelthattheyneedtofititallintoa shot. Doing the opposite will result in more compelling photographs. the more you try to include in an image, the weaker the imagebecomes. 34

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5) Critical eye:useacriticaleyetodeterminewhatthemostimportant partofthesceneis.isitthewaterfall,theautumncolors,theriver,the vineyardorsomeotherfocalpoint?usethatasthesubject. 6) Good positioning: By getti ng at the level of the subject, better photographsarecomposed.ifyouareshootingwildflowers,getdownon theground.ifyouareshootingwildlife,haveyourtripodsetattheanimal’s eyelevel.ifyou’reshootinglandscapes,findaviewpointthatbestcentersyoursubject

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7) Lighting: thepositionofthelightingisalsoimportant,asimproperlightingwillcausethecolorstobelessvividanddramatic.Get thelightbehindyou.unlessyouwanttheimagesinsilhouette,shootyoursubjectwhenthesunisbehindyougivingyouthebest colorandnaturalcontrastinthescene.avoidshootingwhenthesunisdirectlyoverhead.ideallightingisintheearlymorningand lateafternoon. 8) Vertical shots: remember your camera can be turned vertically. Don’t get locked in to shooting only horizontals. some subjects cry out to be photographed with a vertical format because they are verticalsubjects. Bykeepingtheseinmind,you’llcomehomewithmorethanpictures,buttrueartisticphotographsthat willamazeyourfriendsandhelpyoutotreasureyourmemoriesofyourvacation. Special thanks to Brent Paull for contributing to this article. Brent is a professional nature photographer whose images have been widely published. He also teaches photography seminars and leads photo workshops and safaris throughout the American west. Brent Paull©

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Consortium of Southern Yosemite Museums CAPTURE . EXPLORE . MARVEL . INVESTIGATE . REMINISCE “A world of hands-on exploration awaits you.”

Children’s Museum of the Sierra Explore butterflies, fossils & fluorescent rocks. Be a fireman or take a ride on the pirate ship!

Wild Wonderful King Vintage Museum

Tues - Sat: 10a.m. - 4p.m. Sun: 1p.m. - 4p.m. Call for extended summer hours

Hosts

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: SELF MADE IN AMERICA

LEARNING EXHIBIT

March 6, 2010 to April 1, 2010

www.childrensmuseumofthesierra.org

49269 Golden Oak Drive, Oakhurst, 559-658-5656

Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park Capture the flavor of family life in the mountains a century ago

Watch for the Dates of Exciting Upcoming Lincoln Events • January 31: Gone with the Wind at the Met Cinema • February 12: Abraham Lincoln Gala Birthday Celebration

Daily: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Phone: 559-683-6570 49777 School Road www.FresnoFlatsMuseum.org

• February 14: Valentine Chocolate Extraordinaire Dinner at ECCO • March 5: Opening Night Preview of the “Abraham Lincoln: Self Made in America Learning Station Exhibit” • March – every Friday & Saturday at 7pm Sundays at 2 pm: “Abraham Lincoln Assassination” at the Golden Chain Theatre. • March 12 & 13: Ragtime Festival • March 19 – 21: Civil War Living History at Oakhurst Community Park • March 21: Oakhurst Community Band Spring Concert presents “Remembering Linclon”

Fostering an Awareness of History and Appreciation of Vintage Fashion

www.kingvintagemuseum.org www.lincolnoakhurst.com kingvintagemuseum@sti.net Provided by Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in collaboration with the American Library Association and with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, We the People program

EST. 1894 Open most weekdays during normal business hours

Completely Restored Beautiful Stained Glass Windows Replicated from Original Glass Fragments.

Oakhill Cemetery - Hwy 41 Oakhurst

Road 600 • Raymond • (559) 689-1886 www.southernyosemitemuseums.org/rm

A Glance at Life at the Turn of the Century

Find Real Gold

THE THORNBERRY HOUSE Visit the Thornberry Family Log Cabin

• 1790 Ballroom Slippers • The Corset Display • Civil War Memorabilia • Men’s & Children’s Sections Plus Much More! Call for Museum Hours Admission/Donation $3 Tours available by appointment for individuals, groups, clubs and schools Museum: 559-658-6999 www.kingvintagemuseum.org 40680 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Explore the History of Coarsegold & Eastern Madera County

• Restored buildings • Artifacts • Research Library Hours vary by season • Call for information or to schedule an appointment

559-642-4448

www.coarsegoldhistoricmuseum.net

• Built in 1886 • Listed on the California Registry of Historic Places • Learn the of secret of why between 1886 and 1946 “all roads led to Raymond”

For Info: Madera Cemetery Office P.O. Box 477, Madera, CA 93639

See our various exhibits, including:

• And so much more – visit our web site often for updates!

559-658-6999

Raymond Museum: The Charles Miller House

Plus, fantastic gem and mineral specimens.

Over 100 years old!

Fish Camp CA

Located at Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad www.ymsprr.com

559-683-7273

FAMILY ORIENTED, FUN FILLED AND EDUCATIONAL!

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Re-live the Gold Rush Days in our mine tunnel. Kids Activities Gift & Jewelry Shop Adults: $4 • 12 & under: Free

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Vacation Fun inthehustleandbustleoftoday’sworld,avacationisawelcomerespitefromthe stressofdaytodaylife.alltoooften,however,weletthehabitsofworkaffectour behavioronvacation,andforgettohavefun. ofcoursewhenvisiting,youwillwanttofitineverythingyoucan.there’sBass Lake,themaderaWinetrail,museums,artgalleriesandofcourse,Yosemite NationalPark.andthat’sjusttheveryshortlist.it’s naturaltowanttofitinasmuchasyoucaninyourlimited CountyLaura Norm Fairs in an© - E Chowc njoy th time. Don’t pack the schedule too full, however, and don’t e hilla a nd Ma dera forgettohavefun.

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Health experts all agree that vacations aren’t just fun, they’reanecessarypartofstayinghealthy.Vacationshelp yourechargeyourbatteries,inspireyouandhelpyouget thecreativejuicesflowingagainsonotonlydoyoucome backtoworkrefreshed,you’llbeabetterworker. some tips for ensuring you enjoy your time in madera County seemsimple,buttheyreallycan makeallthedifference.

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Don’t create too strict of a schedule.Yes,it’ssmarttohave a game plan, but when has “schedule” and “fun” ever reallybeensynonymous? Leave work at home. Nothing es© spoils a good time like pulling Victoria Hugh le imming ho North Fork sw out the Blackberry to check on thestatusofareport.Putitaway, and make some memories with your family. No one willrememberthereportinafewmonths.thefamily vacationmemorieswilllastalifetime.

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THE HOMESTEAD COTTAGES

“Secluded on 160 acres of woodland, this off-the-beaten-path establishment is a gem.” ~Frommers Travel Guide The Homestead Cottages are immaculate and offer comfortable living rooms with fireplaces, romantic bedrooms, spacious bathrooms and inviting country kitchens stocked daily with a continental breakfast. Perfect for your Yosemite getaway Satellite TV and Radio, Internet Connection, Outdoor BBQ, Daily Maid Service, Non-Smoking, Close to Golf, Hiking and Restaurants

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the unrivaled beauty of Yosemite National Park and the surrounding sierra National Forestevokesdeepemotionalresponsesfrom manypeople.thepowerofmotherNatureis ondisplayadjacenttoexamplesofhersoft, lovingtouch.Becauseofthis,manypeople fallinlovewiththeareaandinturn,choose itforthelocationofaceremonycelebrating theloveoftheirlife.

 “there are two big reasons people want to get married in the park,” said Kari Cobb with Yosemite National Park. “the first one is obvious: becauseofthebeauty.theywanttohavehalfdomeorthewaterfallsin thebackgroundoftheirweddingphotos.thenyouhavespecialtimesof theyearlikeinthefallwhenthecolorsarebeautifulandlookamazingin photographs,”shesaid.

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thebeautyiscertainlyamajordraw,asCobbsaidtheparkaveragesas manyas300weddingsayear.still,thereisanotherreasonpeoplechoose theparkfortheirnuptials,onethatCobbsaysiscausedbythepark’sability tomovepeople.“alotofpeoplegetmarriedherebecausetheyhavea personalconnection.alotofvisitorshavebeencomingheresincethey weresmallchildren,orthisisthefirstplacetheywentcamping,orgrandma andgrandmausedtotakethemhere.it’ssomeplacespecial;it’ssome placetheyreallyfeelconnectedto,”shesaid.“they’renotonlyrekindling theirlove,they’rerekindlingtheirpassionandloveforYosemite.”

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otherareasarequitepopularlocationsforweddingceremoniesaswell. Paradisesprings,locatednorthofoakhurstinthesierraNationalForest, hasquicklybecomeoneofthemostpopularweddingdestinationsinthe region.“theBrides&Groomsthatitalktoarelookingforamountain setti ng with a lake or trees, cooler weather and a destination wedding spot,” said rhonda salisbury, the Director of sales for Paradise springs. “Peoplearelookingforsomewherefriendsandfamilycometostaysothat theyhavemoreofaweddingweekendthanaweddingday.”

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Pack it in - Pack it out manycampgroundsdonothavegarbagepickup, socampersneedtopackoutalltrash. Nancy Robbins© Walk in the meadow, Yosemite Valley YosemitesierraVisitorsBureau-(559)683-4636


Wilderness permits These are required for overnight stays in wilderness areas.Contacttheagencieslistedbelow. sierraNationalForest,anseladamsWilderness,Bass LakerangerDistrict NorthFork...........................................(559)877-2218

Campfire permits

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These are required outside designated campgrounds in all areas of the National Forest. Free permitsmaybeobtainedfromthe Forest service or the California DepartmentofForestry.

Oakhurst..............................................(559)658-7588 YosemiteBackcountry/ Wilderness...........................................(209)372-0740

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Public showers there are none at the campgrounds. For a fee, public showers are available at miller’s Landing at BassLake,HighsierrarVinoakhurst,andJonesstore atBeasoremeadows.

if you love meeting life-long friends and enjoy having a different backyard every so often, as most rV enthusiasts do, we have you covered. madera County has more than a half-dozen rV parks that offer everything from sparkling swimming pools to gift shops featuring wild huckleberrybarkandstrawberryrhubarbjam.stepoutsideyourrVwith afreshcupofcoffeeandsavorthebreathtakingviews.

RV Parks

Arena RV Park Chowchilla•(559)665-1752 Bass Lake Recreation Resort BassLake•(559)642-3145

© - Yosemite Shuttle Susanne Updike-Waite

(559)683-4636-YosemitetHisYear.Com

Country Living Mobile Home and RV Park madera•(559)674-5343

Elks Lodge oakhurst•(559)683-2717 High Sierra RV and Mobile Home Park oakhurst•(559)683-7662 Lakes RV & Golf Resort Chowchilla•(559)665-6980 Yosemite South KOA Coarsegold•(559)683-7855 47


Best Rest Stop in the Yosemite Area!

YOSEMITE GATEWAY INN Mountain Setting Spa • Exercise Room High-Speed Internet Phones • HBO • Outdoor Pool • Family Units Indoor Pool.

15 MILES FROM YOSEMITE’S SOUTH ENTRANCE

On site restaurant serves: Hearty Breakfasts & Mouth Watering Dinner Full Service Bar

40530 HWY. 41 • OAKHURST, CALIFORNIA • yosemitegatewayinn.com The Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn is nestled among the live oak, high on a hill with beautiful mountain views. Its parklike setting is secluded, quiet and peaceful, with a barbecue area and a children’s playground. 122 units, many equipped with refrigerators and microwaves. Two room family units will sleep six. All rooms have high-speed Internet access.

559-683-2378

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Dining Choices Fromthehomeyfeelofafamilydiner,togourmetcreationspairedwithfinewines,therestaurantsthroughoutmadera Countyareatreasure.exploreyouroptionsandchancesareyou’llfindyournewfavoriterestauranthereinCalifornia’s GatewaytoYosemite.

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HitchingPostsportsBarandGrill Familyrestaurant.......................................... (559)683-7917 theriverCreekCafé......................................(559)683-5600

Papamurphy'sPizza......................................(559)661-1800 PizzaHut........................................................(559)675-1000 roundtablePizza.......................................... (559)673-7043 sal'smexicanrestaurant............................... (559)673-7257 theVineyardrestaurant&Bar..................... (559)674-0923 WinChineseGourmet...................................(559)673-2919

BASS LAKE CasaVelascomexicanrestaurant................. (559)683-2272 Ducey'sontheLake....................................... (559)642-3121 theForksresortrestaurant.......................... (559)642-3737 miller'sLandingresortrestaurant............... (559)642-3633

CHOWCHILLA CoffeeCats.................................................... (559)665-3135 Farnesi'ssteakhouse.....................................(559)665-2258 mcDonald'srestaurant................................. (559)665-7305 Pedro'sPlace................................................. (559)665-3552 Perko'sCafé...................................................(559)665-2090 PizzaFactory..................................................(559)665-4000 Tea Garden Restaurant.................................. (559)665-1141

COARSEGOLD alfonso'sHideawaymexicanrestaurant....... (559)642-6656 BlueHeronrestaurant..................................(559)658-6969 ChukchansiGoldresort&Casino.................(866)794-6946 GoldminePizza............................................. (559)683-4653 GrizzleyBearrestaurant...............................(559)641-2909 rose'sFrostyrestaurant............................... (559)683-5022 subwaysandwiches......................................(559)658-2500 ZandersCoffee..............................................(559)642-2180

FISH CAMP Narrow Gauge Inn Restaurant.......................(559)683-6446 tenayaLodgeatYosemite............................. (559)683-6555 WhiteChiefmountainLodgerestaurant...... (559)683-5444

MADERA BlackBearDiner............................................ (559)675-1332 BurritoKing...................................................(559)674-7596 CoolHandLuke's...........................................(559)661-2100 DiCicco'sitalianrestaurant........................... (559)674-2435 Edgar's Italian Restaurant..............................(559)661-0306 Farnesi'srestaurantandCocktailLounge..... (559)673-9164 internationalHouseofPancakes...................(559)675-5179 LasBrisasDelmar.........................................(559)674-4510 maderaasianBuffet......................................(559)675-3999 maderaValleyinnCoffeeshop..................... (559)664-0101 maderaClubhouserestaurant&Bar............(559)675-3553 themeat&GreetDeli@ thetackleBoxtoo........................................ (559)673-6612

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NORTH FORK Buckhornrestaurantandsaloon..................(559)877-8700 LaCabañamexicanrestaurant..................... (559)877-3311 PizzaFactory.................................................. (559)877-7777

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