See plant and bird species StoryMaps HERE
Bass Lake Regional Park Plant Identification Toolkit
For park hours, activities, volunteering, & other opportunities Bass Lake Regional Park FAQ
For Project Information, click each link below:
Park Design Amenities
Project Milestone Updates
Become a Part of the Long Term Legacy
Bass Lake History
The wildlife and natural sounds out at Bass Lake Regional Park are simply amazing. Visitors will have the opportunity to bird watch, and possibly see a golden eagle nesting. Deer and jack rabbits will be out grazing and bugs will be busy working in their natural spaces. EDHCSD is dedicated to preserving it. The flora and fauna found in our backyard is what we want visitors to learn and enjoy at Bass Lake Regional Park.
Bass Lake Regional Park includes a beautiful lake with a natural corridor for wildlife, and we want to make sure that the space is used wisely and that people know about it.
El Dorado Hills CSD (EDHCSD) sees the 200+ acre Bass Lake Regional Park as a community asset. We want families, kids, schools and anyone in the area or region to come out and experience the park setting on the west side of the lake, the active ballpark, and the dog park. The trail will connect the west side of the park to the east side. The east side of the park will be more passive. EDHCSD envisions picnic areas along the trails with interpretive signs.
For pictures and information about progress with the project follow the Bass Lake Regional Park on Instagram @basslakepark.
Project Design Amenities
Larger Drawing - Serrano J Lot H Park Development at Bass Lake
Click here for the full park concept design.
- Multi-Use Trails with shade structures along the trail
- Paved walking paths
- Sensory garden and play areas
- Boardwalk along the Shoreline
- Fishing Dock & Ramp for non-motorized uses at the lake
- Four Bocce Courts
- Two Sand Volleyball Courts
- Picnic shelters and a group shade structure with BBQs and Tables
- Large and small breed dog park
- 3000 sq ft Nature Education Center
- Interpretive signs on plants and wildlife
- Conservation of wetland areas
- Online StoryMaps and BLRP plant identification Tool Kit
- Lighted multi-use athletic fields used for:
- baseball and softball,
- sand volleyball
- Existing Sellwood Field
- Lighted parking lots
- ADA access
- Maintenance Yard
In April and May, 2020 EDHCSD, El Dorado County Fish & Game volunteers, and Oak Ridge Fishing Club conducted an angling survey at Bass Lake. The survey summary can be found here.
Project Milestone Updates
Current EDH Promise Foundation subcommittees meeting (Public Engagement & Outreach, Outdoor Education, Active Recreation and Sports, Habitat Management), Click here if you have experience or passion to serve on one of these committees.
Current Nearing completion of Biological, Cultural, Environmental and Traffic Studies
Current Nearing final concept design
Current Bass Lake Working Group review Proposition 68 grant Regional Park Program (RPP) opporunities
2020-2021 Executed early concept engagement meetings
2020-2021 Targeted communications with stakeholders
10/2020 Bass Lake Regional Park Community Stakeholder Survey completed
8/2020 Acquisition of Serrano Village J Lot H 12.53 acre parcel
1/2020 Acquisition of 14.74 acres owned by El Dorado Irrigation District
11/2019 Award of Personal Services Agreement to LSA for engineering and environmental studies
09/2019 District Parks and Planning Committee reviews Serrano Village J Lot H - Bass Lake Regional Park Concept Design and Cost Estimate
04/2019 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Approved Surplus of 42 Acre Parcel; the District is negotiating with El Dorado County for transfer
04/2019 District Board of Directors approves the El Dorado Hills Promise Foundation as the Bass Lake Park Project proponent and fundraiser
03/2019 Phase II Concept Design Revision Complete
03/2019 Traffic Study Submitted to El Dorado County Department of Transportation
12/2018 Acquisition of Rescue Union School District Property
09/2018 Phase I Concept Design Complete
10/2017 Phase II Environmental Study Completed for 3240 Bass Lake Road
09/2017 Phase I and Phase II Environmental Study Completed for 3240 Bass Lake Road
08/2017 District enters into Purchase and Sale Agreement for the 16 acre parcel owned by El Dorado Irrigation District
Become Part of the Long-Term Legacy
EDH Promise Foundation's role in the Bass Lake Regional Park project is to help with fundraising and engaging stakeholders that have desires and opinions on how this fantastic property should be used in the future. In partnership with EDHCSD, EDH Promise Foundation has volunteers, and partners including El Dorado Community Foundation developing a fundraising plan for this project. Get engaged and become part of this long-term legacy. Become part of the solution on how to best utilize the fantastic resources at Bass Lake. Wetland studies and biological assessments are needed to help us better understand the flora and fauna, and how to best protect it.
Then we will utilize those studies to determine how to educate the community and the visitors at Bass Lake Regional Park. If you're a retired biologist or teacher, EDH Promise Foundation is looking for you to help develop the educational materials at Bass Lake! These will all require funding, so partners and stakeholders are needed to complete this project too. Get engaged and become part of this long-term legacy.
Visit the EDH Promise Foundation website to volunteer or donate today!
Bass Lake History
Bass Lake is located off of Bass Lake Road north of Highway 50. Bass Lake was formerly known as American Reservoir and was an important part of the Gold Rush era flume/ditch systems in El Dorado County. Water was brought to the American Reservoir (Bass Lake) by a series of flumes/ditches to be used as a water resource for gold mining. From the mid-1850s to the late-1930s American Reservoir was owned by several different water companies that controlled the flumes. In 1938, James Nichol purchased the property to open Bass Lake Resort a local destination for recreation. In 1955, family of James Nichol sold the property to the Jannke family. In 1962, the first references to Bass Lake Dam appear in the State of California Department of Water Resources records. El Dorado Irrigation District purchased the property in 1969 and has owned the property since that time.
For more history of Bass Lake and the Gold Rush, we recommend reading "Bass Lake A Gold Rush Artifact" by John Thomson.