"North Fork, California"


North Fork is an unincorporated community situated 40 miles northeast of Fresno at an elevation of 2640 feet. It is minutes from Bass Lake and only 31 miles from the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. Visit our stores and pick up some supplies

Go boating at Bass Lake, or try Redinger Lake

Mono Indian Museum: The Mono Indian Museum is definitely worth taking a look at.

The North Fork School serves grades K-8. It is part of the Chawanakee School District. The district has excellent programs including a home school alternative, Chawanakee Academy. Visit the school at www.chawanakee.k12.ca.us.

rope swing

The water hole at the North Fork Recreation Center has a much in demand rope swing! Thank you North Fork Boosters.

North Fork Facts

North Fork is located within Madera County, California one of the fastest growing counties in California.

North Fork is the exact geographical center of California.

Exact Center

Exact Geographical Center of California outside of North Fork on the Italian Bar Road.


The climate of Nork Fork is attractive, including all four seasons.

Rainfall (inches):  34.2   (winter rains)

Snowfall (inches):  1        (more at higher elevations!)

Precipitation Days:  45

Sunny Days: 267

Avg. July High: 93           57 Avg Low

Avg. Jan  High: 56            30 Avg Low

Elevation: 2640 feet



Sierra Vista Scenic Byway: Beautiful mountain country awaits you! The Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway is one of the most beautiful drives in all of California. Few folks even know about this gorgeous Sierra Nevada route just south of Yosemite.

The entire stretch from North Fork to the exit point on highway 41 past Nelder Grove (home to 150 mature Sequoias), takes approximately five hours - plus time for breathtaking scenery stops! The Byway is a seasonal route, generally open from June through October.

Some parts of the road are blocked by snow during the winter months since the roads are not always plowed or maintained. If a trip is being planned for the spring or the fall months, call ahead to the Minarets Ranger District (559-877-2218) to check road and weather conditions.

The route starts in North Fork, CA. Plan at least five hours for the trip. You will view some awesome sights! God the creator is a brilliant artist.

Eagles Beaks

Eagles Beaks

Ross Cabin

Ross Cabin

Globe Rock

Globe Rock: President Theodore Roosevelt had his picture taken beside this rock.

A drive, hike or backpack adventure through the Sierra National Forest or Yosemite National Park will show you the Creator's handiwork.

Redinger Lake

Redinger Lake from the Redinger Lake Overview. You can get to Redinger Lake from Italian Bar Road. You will pass the Exact Center of California on this paved road.


Mammoth Pool
Mammoth Pool as seen from Mile High Vista

Mile High Vista

Another awesome view from Mile High Vista.

Arch Rock

Jackass Meadow

Looking down on Jackass Meadow. The Meadow is at 7200 feet elevation.

We hope that you will visit North Fork when you visit Yosemite National Park. Our God has painted a magnificent canvas in Yosemite!

Tunnel view

Morning view  of Yosemite valley after exiting the tunnel on State Route 41.

Half Dome from Glacier Point
 Half Dome as seen from Glacier Point.

Yosemite Valley

The Yosemite Valley as seen from Glacier Point.

El Capitan
Valley pic of El Capitan.

Giant Sequoia
California Tree. One of the Giant Sequoias found in Mariposa Grove.

Bridalveil Falls as seen during the summer drought, August 2007.

Yosemite Winter Pictures

Yosemite is beautiful in winter!

North Fork, CA 93643