The Merced County Parks and Recreation Department will start selling annual passes for Lake Yosemite this weekend.
The annual passes will cover the 2013 season and cost $50 a car and $50 a boat, said Peggy Vejar, deputy director of Parks and Recreation for Merced County. Annual passes for seniors are $30 a car and $30 a boat.
Daily entrance fees will start March 22 if weather cooperates, she said. Those fees are $6 a car and $6 a boat.
The county usually starts charging for park entrance about this time of year as the weather warms up and more people come out, Vejar said.
"The lake (attendance) is pretty weather-driven," she said.
The county encourages families to watch children at the lake as there are no lifeguards.
Additional information about Lake Yosemite can be found by clicking on the "Parks and Recreation" tab on the county's website at www.co.merced.ca.us.
Through this weekend, the weather is expected to be mostly sunny with temperatures ranging from 77 to 82 degrees, according to the National Weather Serv-ice. Mostly calm winds are expected but could increase to 20 mph.
Reporter Mike North can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or email@example.com.