Forks Campground

Inyo National Forest

South Lake

Forks Campground,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Forks Campground

Southern Eastern Sierra
Attractions and Activities

The Eastern Sierra offers an array of interesting and scenic places to explore. For anyone staying at Forks Campground, magnificent South Lake and Lake Sabrina should be among your first stops. Then head out and discover more.

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

Key Forks Campground Regulations

  1. Keep bears away by storing your food and scented items in bear-proof lockers.
  2. Quiet Hours are observed from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
  3. Generators may not be operated during quiet hours. Beyond that, there is a three-hour maximum run time. Generators must be attended while running.
  4. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times. No more than 2 pets are allowed per campsite.
  5. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings. Collect only down and dead wood.

Forks Campground

Forks Campground is located off South Lake Road immediately after it splits from Highway 168. Visitors to the campground know they are only a short drive from South Lake and Lake Sabrina. Both lakes are popular for fishing. The speed limit on Lake Sabrina is 10 MPH. Hikers often set out from the trailhead at Lake Sabrina into the Sabrina Basin for day trips or overnight stays at one of the picturesque alpine beautiful lakes. Others set out from South Lake, finding a number of beautiful lakes only a few miles up the trail. Photographers and nature lovers gather in the Bishop Creek valley during autumn when the colors of the aspens are spectacular.

Forks Campground has 21 campsites. The nicest sites are found among aspens and pines. Other sites are exposed in a field of sage. There are some double sites. All of the sites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. The maximum stay at Forks Campground is 14 days.

Forks Campground Basics
Forks Campground Location: Off South Lake Road near its departure from Highway 165, 15 miles west of Bishop
Elevation: 7,800 feet
Mileage from major cities: 282 miles north of Los Angeles
213 miles south of Reno.
Number of Campsites: 21
Open - Closed: Late April through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicles, 2nd vehicle $7
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
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated, but some facilities are accessible
Fees: $26 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Forks Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, bear-proof food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: Available at nearby Four Jeffrey Campground
Attractions near Forks Campground : Visit Lake Sabrina for fishing and boating. Lake Sabrina Landing has boat rentals, free launch ramp, tackle and bait, snacks and drinks, and a cafe. Enjoy hiking trails leading into the Sabrina Basin. Experience trail rides and wilderness trips with Bishop Pack Outfitters. Parcher's Resort - South Lake Landing has boat rentals. Also find cabin rentals and a cafe at Parcher's. For fishing nearby wilderness lakes, see Dave's Sierra Fishing - Inyo County.

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. The length of time campers may stay at a particular Forest Service campground varies. Usually it is 14 days, but some allow longer stays while a few of the most popular campgrounds limit stays to 7 days.

Accessible Sites

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

South Lake,  Inyo National Forest, CA

South Lake

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