Iris Meadow Campground

Inyo National Forest

Rock Creek Lake

Iris Meadow Campground, Rock Creek,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Iris Meadow 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.

Iris Meadow Campground

Iris Meadow Campground is located on Rock Creek Road, 4 miles west of Highway 395 at Toms Place. The campground is favored for its quiet setting around a small meadow framed with aspens, pines, and willows. In the spring wild iris bloom in the meadow along with other wildflowers. Campers at Iris Meadow Campground take advantage of beautiful Rock Creek Lake, only 5 miles up the road. Rock Creek Lake is popular for swimming, boating, and fishing. Anglers are drawn to the lake's population of Alpers trout. Rock Creek Lake has a 5 MPH speed limit. A little farther up the road are great trails for day hikes into Little Lakes Valley.

Iris Meadow Campground has 14 campsites around the meadow and along Rock Creek. Many sites are tucked in among aspens and have good privacy while others are more open. All the sites are first-come, first served. The maximum length of stay here is 7 days.

Campground Basics
Location: Rock Creek Road, 4 miles west of Highway 395 at Toms Place
Elevation: 8,300 feet
Mileage from major cities: 294 miles north of Los Angeles
184 miles south of Reno.
Number of Campsites: 14
Open - Closed: Late-May through early September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicles, 2nd vehicle $7
Maximum Length of Stay: 21 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Recreation Resource Management for Inyo National Forest
Information -
Inyo NF, Bishop
(760) 873-2400

No Reservations First come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 40 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated, but some facilities are accessible
Fees: $25 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Iris Meadow Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, bear-proof food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Seven miles to Crowley Lake, Crowley Lake Fish Camp; Rock Creek Lake for fishing, boating, and swimming; unimproved boat launch ramp; Rock Creek Lake Resort has cabin rentals, boat rentals, a store, and a popular cafe; hiking trails to Little Lakes Valley, Hilton Lakes, and other John Muir Wilderness destinations; Rock Creek Pack Station has trail rides, pack trips and other activities.

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.

Iris Meadow, Rock Creek,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Iris Meadow

Map of Campgrounds along Rock Creek in the Inyo National Forest, CA


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