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Convict Lake Campground

Elevation: 7,600 Feet (2369.1 Meters)
Length of Stay: 7 Days
Number of Sites: 88 Campsites
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Located east of the town of Mammoth Lakes off of US Hwy. 395, Convict Lake offers 88 sites with a boat launch, trailer spaces and dump station, fishing, picnicking, and amphitheater. There is a fee for overnight use.

Directions from Mammoth Lakes: Travel east on US Hwy 395 for approximately 5 miles to the turn-off onto Forest Service Rd 07. Travel south on this road for about 2 miles to the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late April through September .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping Call for Current Fee

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: M Wilson (Atlanta, GA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Visited Convict Lake by chance. Beautiful place near high desert and Sierra Peaks. Visited there in mid August. Had ice in my plastic water bag in the morning which surprised me after the heat of the previous day. Make sure to get up early and watch the sun come up on the peaks of the Sierra. It is a beautiful awakening as the sun moves down the mountain and slowly lights up the campground.
Conditions: The campground was in good shape but much cooler than the lower elevations. Be prepared for cold weather even in August.
Water Availability: With a 40 degree sleeping bag, I froze and thought I was a wimp until discovering the ice in the water bag. Just be prepared for rapid cooling at night.

Filed By: Brandon Uetz (Bakersfield, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: If you're looking to fish or just to relax and be a part of the great outdoors Convict Lake is a great place to go. You have some of the best fishing in the Sierra's accompanied by pristine scenery. Also @ 7600 ft you can find the temperatures quite comfortable during mid July. During breakfast the first morning a fork buck thought our campsite would provide him the quickest rout to the creek and passed within 20 ft. Overall if you are a lover of the wilderness its a great place to camp and fish.
Conditions: Mosquito's are on patrol. Bring sunblock even if the temperature isn't above 80 deg.
Water Availability: Convict lake has a general store about 1/3 of a mile from the lake.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boating Convict Lake
ICON Camping Convict Lake Campground
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Convict Lake
ICON Swimming & Waterplay Convict Lake
ICON Viewing Scenery Mammoth Ranger District
ICON Viewing Wildlife Mammoth Ranger District

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Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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