Ellery Lake Campground

Inyo National Forest

Ellery Lake

Ellery Lake Campground, Inyo National Forest, CA

Ellery Lake Campground

Mono Lake Areas
Attractions and Activities

For those camped at Ellery Lake Campground, stunning Mono Lake is only a short drive away. Mono Lake's beauty and wildlife beckons visitors from around the country. Up and down the Lee Vining Canyon are other wonderful places to visit.

  • Begin at the Mono Lake Visitor Center.
  • Drive south to view Mono Craters.
  • Try your luck fly fishing in Rush Creek.
  • The beautiful June Lake Loop is only a few miles to the south.
  • Join naturalist-led walks at Mono Lake.
  • Canoe or kayak on Mono Lake.
  • Hike to the historic mining site of Bennettville with all buildings and mines.
  • Picnic at Tioga or Ellery lake close to the east entrance to Yosemite National Park.
  • Spend the day at nearby Lundy Lake or the beautiful Virginia Lakes.
  • Visit Bodie State Historic Park

Key Ellery Lake Campground Regulations

  1. Fires are only permitted in fire rings.
  2. Quiet Hours: run from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times. No more than 2 pets per campsite
  4. To avoid problems with bears, keep food in bear-proof lockers.

Ellery Lake Campground

Ellery Lake Campground is on the western shore of Ellery Lake, immediately off Highway 120 (Tioga Road) leading east out of Yosemite National Park. The small campground is popular with anglers and also with those who enjoy the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains. Nearby Mount Dana rises to 13,000 feet. Ellery Lake is along the course of Lee Vining Creek, an attractive fishing stream. Below the lake are a series of falls as the creek plunges down the canyon.

Ellery Lake Campground has 21 campsites which can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. None of the sites have lake views. These first-come, first-served sites fill up at peak summer times when campsites are difficult to find inside Yosemite. Campers at Ellery Lake Campground should be diligent about keeping freshly caught fish and other food safely inside the bear-proof storage lockers.

Campground Basics
Ellery Lake Campground Location: 0ff Highway 120 (Tioga Road) and 2 miles east of Yosemite's east entrance station at Tioga Pass
Elevation: 9,500 feet
Mileage/ Driving Times: Sacramento - 195 miles, 4:11
Reno - 151 miles, 2:55
Number of Campsites: 21
Open - Closed: June through mid-0ctober
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicle, 2nd vehicle $5
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Inyo National Forest
Information -
Inyo NF, Bishop
(760) 873-2400

No Reservations first come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 30 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated, but some sites are accessible
Fees: $22 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Ellery Lake Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Ellery Lake Campground: Yosemite National Park, Saddlebag Lake, Mono Lake, 20 Lakes Basin, June Lake Loop, Lee Vining Canyon

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite. Purchase firewood locally to avoid spreading pests.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

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