Convict Lake Campground

Inyo National Forest

Convict Lake

Convict Lake Campground,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Convict Lake Campground

Southern Eastern Sierra
Attractions and Activities

South of Mammoth Lakes are a number of wonderful camping areas along the Eastern Sierra. Among them are Convict Lake, Rock Creek, Sabrina Lake, South Lake, and Big Pine.

  • Great fishing at Convict Lake, Rock Creek Lake, and Lake Crowley
  • Wonderful hiking trails leading into the Sierra Nevada
  • Close to beautiful Mammoth Lakes
  • Take a day hike up the trail into Little Lakes Valley
  • Spend a day at Rock Creek Lake's beach area, swimming and fishing
  • Go on a trail ride with Rock Creek Pack Station or near Lake Sabrina and North Lake see Bishop Pack Outfitters.
  • Mountain bike along challenging trails in the Rock Creek area.
  • Fish for trout in popular Bishop Creek or nearby Lake Sabrina and South Lake.
  • Hike up Big Pine Creek past waterfalls to actor Lon Chaney's wilderness cabin.

Key Inyo National Forest Camping Regulations

  1. Fires only in fire rings
  2. Quiet Hours: 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM
  3. Generators allowed only during non-quiet hours; three-hour maximum run time and must be attended while running.
  4. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times. No more than 2 pets per campsite
  5. To avoid problems with bears campers are required to store food and scented items in bear-proof lockers.

Convict Lake Campground

Convict Lake Campground is located along Convict Creek a short distance downstream from Convict Lake. Visitors to the campground enjoy fishing for trout on Convict Creek and in the 170-acre lake. Convict is a no-wake lake, permitting electric motors only of 6 HP or less and limiting speeds to 10 MPH or less. Hikers like to set out on the the 3½-mile Lake Trail around Convict Lake or other nearby trails leading into the John Muir Wilderness. The nearby Convict Lake Resort has lodging, a restaurant, a store, a marina with boat rentals, and guided horseback rides.

Convict Lake Campground's 85 campsites are spread mostly in sage with magnificent views of surrounding peaks. Along the creek are groves of aspen and cottonwood. A few campsites have views of the lake. Forty-eight of the campsites can be reserved ahead of time while the remainder are first come, first served. Ten campsites are designated for tents only. The maximum length of stay at the campground is 7 days.

Campground Basics
Location: Two miles west of Highway 395 on Convict Lake Road
Elevation: 7,500 feet
Mileage from major cities: 304 miles north of Los Angeles
173 miles south of Reno.
Number of Campsites: 85
Open - Closed: Mid-April through October
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 Recreation Resource Management for Inyo National Forest
Information - Inyo NF, Bishop (760) 873-2400

Reservations available whenever campground is open, available up to 6 months in advance
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 40 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites:1 #43, 48, 50, 51, 57, 61-63, 69, 72, 75, 76, 80, 81, 83, 84, 86-88
many accessible features in the campground and at the lake
Fees: $25 per night
Reservations: Convict Lake Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Convict Lake Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, bear-proof food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Nearby attractions: Convict Lake fishing and boating, boat rentals, launch ramp, bait shop, hiking trails, 10 miles to Crowley Lake, 10 miles to Mammoth Lakes

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.

1Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate. At Convict Lake wheelchair accessible sites may be occupied by a party without a disability if no other sites are available.


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