A unique tour at Bass Lake takes guests around on something that’s not quite a car nor is it really a boat. Bass Lake Duck Tours shows people around the scenic lake aboard a DUKW, or “Duck” as they came to be called by the military.
The “Duck” is an amphibious landing craft developed by the U.S. Army during World War II to deliver cargo from ships at sea directly to shore. Now one of these versatile crafts provides 24 guests with 90 minute tours of the lake.
“My family came to Yosemite for my aunt’s birthday and we all took a Bass Lake Duck Tour and had the best time,” said a recent visitor from Seattle. “This is a great way to have fun and learn about Bass Lake and Oakhurst no matter what age you are. From start to finish, this was a fun experience that gave us great memories.”
The guided tours showcase the history of Bass Lake while highlighting the diverse wildlife and plant life around Bass Lake. Patrons may be lucky enough to see one of the bald eagles that nest at Bass Lake during this time of year.
The 90-minute tour costs $25 for adults, $17 for children under 12 and children two and younger ride at no charge. Active members of the military and seniors ride for $22.
A special rate of $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12 is available for residents of Eastern Madera County, with proof of residency.
Duck Tours operates Tuesday through Sunday and is closed Mondays. Tours depart from a pick-up location on North Shore Road (432), just east of the Pines Village, at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and reservations are suggested and can be made on-line.
The tours will operate through Oct. 31 and private tours are available year-round.
Details: (559) 683-DUCK (3825) or basslakeducktours.com.