Hello El Dorado Hills!
It’s been brought to our attention that there may be confusion about public fishing at Bass Lake Regional Park, so we’re going to try and clear that up for you today.
YES, we took ownership of Bass Lake Regional Park.
YES, we initially put up signs with limited access points.
YES, we did have a fishing study occurring with specific goals and guidelines in place.
That study was being coordinated with volunteers from El Dorado County Fish and Wildlife Commission with assistance from Oak Ridge High School Fishing Club members. Their goal was to safely collect data and analyze their findings for a habitat and fishery plan that will be used to manage and operate the lake for public fishing. That study’s data collection has been completed. Alongside the fishing study, we are also conducting an overall environmental analysis. The perception may have been that Bass Lake was open to the public, or open to select residents, and we sincerely apologize to our volunteers, and to our community for the misunderstanding.
Acknowledging that safety comes first, we do not want foot traffic, bike traffic or fishing traffic out at Bass Lake until our Parks Division opens it. We are still in transition with EID on the acquisition of the land they once owned. EID is still there, and unknowingly, Bass Lake visitors are compromising their own safety and the security of EID’s facilities and equipment because EID operations are ongoing.
El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s response has been to re-secure fencing around the lake property, to increase signage and ask our Community to help us protect themselves, and this local “gem” known as Bass Lake, by not using it at this time. We are with you in looking forward to opening Bass Lake in the near future!
Until further notice, Bass Lake will remain closed, and for your safety, we ask that you obey the many “No Trespassing” signs. Additionally, this is a CSD issue and we ask that local law enforcement not be burdened at this critical time with calls for trespassing. We’ll deploy resources to address any issues that arise, which includes the District determining if/when to call the authorities. Please call the District’s main number during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (916) 933-6624 and use the afterhours Emergency On-Call number for any other times at (916) 825-6690.
If you would like to join us as a Bass Lake Regional Park volunteer in the future, please sign up on
, and we can invite more of the community to participate in future opportunities!
Parks Make Life Better, we’ve been saying that for years, and the 27 other wonderful parks in our community remain open spaces. We will continue to work together to keep those spaces open by utilizing social distancing, and respecting local health guidelines. Enjoy them safely, and call us directly if we can answer any other questions for you.