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CONVICT LAKE CAMPGROUND, CA

Photo: CONVICT LAKE CAMPGROUND
Status: Closed through Tue Apr 22 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Convict Lake Campground is situated near Convict Lake amidst the beautiful scenery of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The lake and surrounding national forest provide many opportunities for family fun, outdoor recreation and relaxation.

The campground and nearby resort offer many amenities for a convenient and enjoyable camping experience. The facility is located between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop, California, near Mammoth Airport.

Natural Features:

The campground sits at an elevation of 7,500 ft. and provides gorgeous views of the lake and the dramatic mountain scenery. Convict Creek runs through the campground, and the 167-acre Convict Lake is about 100 yards away. Shrubs and low vegetation fill in the landscape, though tall aspen and cottonwood trees grow along the creek.

The area is abundant with wildlife, including black bears, mountain lions, mule deer, pine marten, pika and many species of fish and birds.

Recreation:

The eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains are known for exceptional trout fishing. Anglers can cast a line for rainbow and brown trout in the creek or lake. Power boats are limited to electric motors on the lake (six horsepower or less).

The area's majestic scenery and variety of trails draw in hikers, mountain bikers and equestrian enthusiasts. The 3.5-mile Lake Trail can be accessed from the campground, and many other trails are in nearby John Muir Wilderness.

Facilities:

This is a fairly large and well-organized facility with both reservable and first-come, first-served campsites. A few sites overlook the lake, while others are a short distance from the shore. Sites are spaced fairly close together.

Flush toilets, drinking water, hot showers and a dump station are provided, as well as food storage lockers for safety from bears.

Campers can purchase firewood on-site. A store, pack station, boat rentals, restaurant, showers and other amenities are just down the road at the Convict Lake Resort.

Nearby Attractions:

Visitors can explore the magnificent John Muir Wilderness, which stretches for 100 miles along the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is a land of lofty snow-capped mountains, deep canyons and vast expanses of glacially-carved terrain, and offers extensive hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Accessible Trails
  • Amphitheater
  • Bait Shop
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Rentals
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boating
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • General Store
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Host
  • Hunting
  • Ice Machine
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Lodging
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restaurant
  • Rock Climbing
  • Showers
  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Bike Rentals
  • Fish Hatchery
  • Hospital
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Medical Facilities
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • RV Parking
  • Recycling
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • No electricity, water or sewer site hookups
  • First-come, first-served sites are available
  • Reservations are site-specific. Changing campsites after arrival is prohibited
  • A fee of $5 for extra vehicles will be collected on-site
  • No ATVs or ORVs allowed in the facility
  • Convict Lake is a no-wake lake
  • Generators allowed only during non-quiet hours; three-hour maximum run time and must be attended while running
  • Day use parking is adjacent to the campground
  • There is 24-hour access to this facility
  • Dogs are allowed and must be leashed
  • This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations; campground usually not clear of snow until late May or early June
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of site in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating; always keep a clean camp and do not feed any wild animals
  • Inyo National Forest website
Hiking within the Inyo Wilderness requires a special permit for both day and overnight stays. These permits are managed through a limited allocation system. Please CLICK HERE if you are interested in more information on these permits.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.59889, -118.85083
37°35'56"N, 118°51'3"W

Convict Lake Campground is about 34 miles north of Bishop, California on Highway 395. From Bishop, travel north on 395. The turnoff to the campground is across from Mammoth Yosemite Airport and is well-signed. From Mammoth Lakes, travel on Highway 395 south for 5 miles. Turn west off of Highway 395.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CONVICT LAKE CAMPGROUND
HCR 79, BOX 54
CROWLEY LAKE CA 93546

Phone Number:

Information: (760)924-5500