Each year over Memorial Day weekend, the Active and Alumni brothers converge on Bass Lake for our annual weekend of fun. This tradition has taken place for 60 years, and has evolved from an impromptu weekend getaway into the largest annual gathering of brothers. 'BASS' is a weekend full of traditions that only get better year after year.
Bass Lake is a place where old and young alumni come to meet, distant friends reconnect,
and the bonds of brotherhood span generations.
Future Bass Lake Weekends: (Wednesday - Sunday)
* May 20th - 25th, 2020
* May 26th - 31th, 2021
* May 25th - 30th, 2022
* May 24th - 29th, 2023
* May 22nd - 27th, 2024
History Of Bass Lake:
1961:The first Memorial Day Campout was held at Pinecrest Lake off of Highway 108. Erv Rifenburg (7th) and Larry Allen had cabins near Pinecrest Lake, so a bunch of AU brothers went to those cabins over the weekend. A great time was had by all, and a larger group went the next year in Yosemite.
1962: The first 'Bass Lake' in Yosemite was held on the Merced River.
1966: This year we were told to 'leave' Yosemite and as the brothers headed down the mountain took a left at Bass Lake exit (Road 222) where they finished their weekend.
1978: The first weekend where the brothers were not at Bass Lake or Yosemite, but rather went to Lake Oroville. The brotherhood made a collective decision to utilize a house and ski boat Greg Shephard (47th) had on Lake Oroville.
1979-1985: Bass Lake was held between the Denver Church, Little Denver Church, and Recreation Point (79') Campsites
1986: Bass Lake was held at 'The Forks' campsite
1987-1999: Bass Lake was held at Crane Valley Campsite (starting at campsite D and eventually growing to include the entire campsite as more and more brothers and alumni joined the house and returned for the weekend).
2000-2001: The first Bass Lake weekend held at the Recreation Point Campground. Also this is the first Bass Lake where over 100 brothers (active and alumni) attended. Brother Mike Owens, acting as Alumni Corporation President at the time, made the decision to change campgrounds.
2002: Bass Lake moved back to Crane Valley campsite due to 'scheduling issues'.
2003: Bass Lake returned to the Recreation Point campsite.
2004: Another 'scheduling issue' moved the campground back to Little Denver Church (how does someone reserve the campsites for the wrong Memorial Day weekend in May?)
2005: Bass Lake moved back to the Recreation Point Campground.
2006: The first annual Brotherhood Horseshoe Tournament was played. Won by Ryan Celaya (90) and Sean Graham (90) by the fire pits. Subsequent Horseshoe Tourney's have been played mostly at the beach, depending on the water level.
2009: A record 144 brothers joined together for Bass-2009, some traveling as far as 8,000 miles coming from 3 continents (Cesar Ayon from Copenhagen, Denmark)
2011: During the 'Sunday Sitdown' it hailed and we had a snow/ice ball fight. While at the horseshoe tourney on the beach, it became very evident how 'Sleeping Beauty' got his nickname. Technically this was the 50th Memorial Day weekend event in AU/DU history.
2012: 50th anniversary held of the first Memorial Day weekend event in Yosemite. Horseshoe team of MacKenzie and MacKenzie dominate the competition.
2016: For the first time ever 'Bass Lake' was not held at either Bass Lake or Yosemite. Due to the 5+ year drought in California, the trees around Bass Lake and at Recreation Point had become infested with bark beatles, weakening the roots and making it the campsite uninhabitable while the trees in the area had to be removed. AY/DU was able to successfully located a new site for the brotherhood at Steckel Park, near Ventura. The motto for this year was "You can't chop down tradition!". This was also referred to as 'So Cal Bass'. (125 brothers attended). #FuckYouChaffee also originated.
2017: After a one-year hiatus, the brotherhood returned to Recreation Point, at Bass Lake. The water level at the lake was the highest it's been in 7+ years. 154 brothers registered for Bass Lake via the auducalpoly.com website, a new high.
2019: A record 167 brother registered for Bass Lake via the alumni website (59 actives, 108 alumni). This was one of the worst weather forecasts, so 3 large tents were rented for shelter, as well as extra fire wood and propane heaters to stay warm. The 'heavy stuff' didn't come down till Sunday, which ended up canceling the Golf Tournament.
2020: Bass Lake was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A few led their own 'Backwoods Bass' in absence of an official event.
Location: Recreation Point Camp Site, Bass Lake, CA
1) From So. Cal and Central Coast: from Fresno, take Hwy 41 north towards Oakhurst
2) From No. Cal: from Madera, take Hwy 145 east to Hwy 41 north towards Oakhurst
3) Two miles past Oakhurst, turn right onto Road 222
4) At the Rd 222/Rd 274 fork, stay right on Rd 222
5) At the Rd 222/N Shore Rd fork, stay right on Rd 222
6) Approx ¾ mile further, turn left into the Recreation Point Campground
GPS Coordinates for Recreation Point:
37 19'37.92"N, 119 34'54.46"W
Shooting Range GPS Coordinates:
N 37.37991 deg
W 119.53693 deg
Directions to Shooting Range (from Recreation Point Campsites)
* Exit Recreation Point campsites and turn right onto South Shore Road (Road 222).
* drive ~0.9 miles, then turn Right onto Bass Lake Road
* drive ~2.4 miles, then turn Left onto Beasore Road
* drive ~4.9 miles, then turn Left onto NF-6s40 (dirt road – could be pretty muddy if it rains)
* drive ~0.4 miles, the shooting spot is on the right side of the road. Drive up the small incline and you will be at the shooting spot.