Sawmill Walk-in Campground

Inyo National Forest

Tioga Lake

Sawmill Walk-in Campground, Inyo National Forest, CA

Sawmill Walk-in Campground

Mono Lake Areas
Attractions and Activities

For those camped at Sawmill Walk-in Campground, Yosemite and stunning Mono Lake are 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 Sawmill Walk-in 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.

Sawmill Walk-in Campground

Sawmill Walk-in Campground sites are off Saddlebag Lake Road along the upper reaches of Lee Vining Creek, only a few miles east of Yosemite. Visitors park in a small lot and then walk about a quarter mile to the secluded campsites among the trees. Towering overhead are the majestic peaks at the crest of the Sierra - 12,000-foot White Mountain and 12,590-foot Mount Conness. To the southeast looms 13,000-foot Mount Dana.

Each of the 12 sites in Sawmill Walk-in Campground has a level spot for a tent, a picnic table, fire ring, and food storage box. There is no potable water. Nearby Tioga Pass Resort has a small store and cafe.

Campground Basics
Sawmill Walk-in Campground Location: On Saddlebag Lake Road, 2 miles off Highway 120 (Tioga Road) and 2 miles east of Yosemite's east entrance station at Tioga Pass
Elevation: 9,700 feet
Mileage/ Driving Times: Sacramento - 196 miles, 4:13
Reno - 152 miles, 2:57
Number of Campsites: 12
Open - Closed: Early June through mid-October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicle, 2nd vehicle $5
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (760) 647-3044

No Reservations first come, first served
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $17 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Sawmill Walk-in Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, food storage locker
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Sawmill Walk-in Campground: Fantail Lake, Historic Bennettville (an old mining area), Saddlebag Lake, Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake, 20 Lakes Basin, June Lake Loop, Lee Vining Canyon

Bennettville, Inyo National Forest, CA

Some of the old Bennettville Buildings

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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