KNARLY OAKS Activities Guide

Electronic version of the 3 ring binder information on the area and yosemite, with active links.

Yosemite National Park

Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is the consolidated management structure for Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park in California. The two parks have been jointly administered since 1943. They have a combined size of 1,353 square miles.

Bass Lake

Bass Lake is located 1 hour north of Fresno and just 17 miles from the Southern Gate to Yosemite National Park! Bass Lake is considered a "warm water" lake with water temperatures reaching near 80 degrees during the summer months which makes it ideal for swimming, boating, and fishing. 

Stanislaus National Forest

Welcome to the Stanislaus National Forest, where you can fish in over 800 miles of rivers and streams, stay in a campground, or hike into the backcountry seeking pristine solitude. You can swim near a sandy beach or wade into cold clear streams cooling your feet while lost in the beauty of nature, raft the exciting Tuolumne River or canoe one of the many gorgeous lakes. You can ride a horse, a mountain bike or a snowmobile.

Merced River Recreation Area


The Merced River Recreation Management Area (RMA) is a very special place just downstream from Yosemite. It is well known for excellent whitewater boating, wildflower viewing, camping, swimming, and recreational gold panning/prospecting. Visitors will have plenty to do in the Merced River RMA during every season. Springtime comes early to the Merced River Canyon and by March the wildflower season is well on its way lasting into May.

Giant Sequoia National Monument

The Giant Sequoia National Monument was designated by President William Jefferson Clinton in April 2000. The Monument now encompasses 328,315 acres. The giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) is the world's largest tree. It grows naturally only in a narrow 60-mile band of mixed conifer forest on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. The Giant Sequoia National Monument Management Plan was completed in August 2012.

Lake McClure & Lake McSwain

Lake McClure is an amazing family-friendly lake that’s perfect for water sports, fishing, and camping in the warm California sun. Clean, fresh water with miles of shoreline and long inlets – enjoy California’s serenity without all the big crowds.