McGee Creek Campground

Inyo National Forest


McGee Creek Campground


Road to McGee Creek Campground,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Mt. Morgan (left), McGee Mountain and McGee Creek Area

Southern Eastern Sierra
Attractions and Activities

Explore the Eastern Sierra and discover wonderful places for camping, fishing, and hiking. Campers at McGee Creek Campground are close to great fishing.

  • On your way out, stop in McGee Creek Lodge for baked goodies, breakfast, or lunch.
  • Visit McGee Creek Pack Station for trail rides or fishing pack trips.
  • Find excellent fishing at Rock Creek Lake, Lake Crowley, and Convict 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 for swimming.
  • Hike up Big Pine Creek past waterfalls to actor Lon Chaney's wilderness cabin and Big Pine Lakes.
  • Fish for trout in popular Bishop Creek or nearby Lake Sabrina and South Lake.
  • Find excellent fishing at Convict Lake, Rock Creek Lake, and Lake Crowley.
  • Enjoy interesting hiking trails leading into the Sierra Nevada.
  • Head to the Rock Creek area for challenging mountain biking trails.
  • 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.
  • Spend days fishing and hiking among the beautiful Mammoth Lakes.

Key McGee Creek Campground Regulations

  1. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings. Collect only down and dead firewood.
  2. To avoid bear problems, store food and scented items in bear-proof lockers.
  3. Quiet Hours run from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
  4. Generators are not permitted to be run during quiet hours; otherwise, observe a three-hour maximum run time. Generators must be attended while running.
  5. Dogs must be always kept on leash and always attended. No more than 2 pets are allowed per campsite.

McGee Creek Campground

McGee Creek Campground is spread along a valley of sage and cottonwood and aspen trees beside McGee Creek. Only 4 miles from Crowley Lake and other popular fishing destinations, the campground is especially popular with anglers. Others use it as a base for exploring the John Muir Wilderness to the west.

McGee Creek Campground has 28 campsites. A few sites are along the creek. Many sites which lack natural shade are provided with shade structures above the picnic tables. All of the campsites can accommodate small RVs, trailers, and tents. Only 1 RV or trailer is permitted per site.

McGee Creek Campground Basics
McGee Creek Campground Location: Two miles west of Highway 395 on McGee Creek Road, near Crowley Lake
Elevation: 7,600 feet
Mileage from major cities: 302 miles north of Los Angeles
175 miles south of Reno.
Number of Campsites: 28
Open - Closed: Mid-May 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 Recreation Resource Management for Inyo National Forest
Information -
Inyo NF, Bishop
(760) 873-2400

Reservations at McGee Creek Campground
Reservations available whenever campground is open, available up to 6 months in advance
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 25 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated, but some sites are accessible
Fees: $23 per night
Reservations: McGee Creek Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

McGee Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, shade ramada, fire ring, bear-proof food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractiions near McGee Creek Campground: Explore McGee Creek for fishing. Find hiking trails up McGee Canyon into the John Muir Wilderness. Drive to Crowley Lake, only 5½ miles. Visit Convict Lake with boat rentals and fishing - 8½ miles. Head 15 miles north 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.

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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