In the second half of the 19th century Yosemite Lakes Park, or YLP as it is known locally, and its surrounding area were populated by a diverse mixture of natives and immigrants: Native Americans, ranchers, and gold miners. Before 1850, the Native Americans engaged in intertribal warfare. The ridge along Thornberry divided the Mono and the Chukchansi Yokut cultures. The Chukchansi were south of the ridge, but the cultures later became intermarried. As YLP was being constructed in the early 1970s, workers found many Native American artifacts.
YLP is situated on over 7,000 acres of rolling hillsides and valleys with 2,200 separate parcels and over 1,700 homes. The members of this subdivision enjoy their own private clubhouse, fishing lakes, golf course, swimming pool and tennis courts. YLP is above the valley fog and close enough to the San Joaquin Valley cities of Fresno, Clovis and Madera to allow for an easy commute. Even though YLP is over 4 decades old tracks of the old ranch roads are still visible; strands of barbed wire fencing can be found; and water tanks, cisterns, and livestock ponds still exist.
Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold is a premier venue where thousands of people have enjoyed gaming, fine dining, and world class entertainment in the same area where gold miners in the 1850s once gambled looking for the Mother Lode. YLP is only minutes away from the casino and all it’s amenities.
YLP Area Schools
The State Center Community College District operates the Oakhurst Center which offers a wide variety of courses including vocational and traditional degree programs.
The central valley city of Fresno is the home to California State University, Fresno. Fresno State, as the locals call it, is known for its strong academic programs and for its ardent sports fans. Fresno state is the home of the Bulldogs.
Yosemite Lakes Park Area Map