North Lake Campground

Inyo National Forest

Lake Sabrina

North Lake Campghround,  Inyo National Forest, CA

North Lake Campground

Southern Eastern Sierra
Attractions and Activities

Wonderful places for camping, fishing, and hiking can be found all over the Eastern Sierra. Those staying at North Lake Campground have the wilderness to explore and nearby Lake Sabrina to fish.

  • Head just down the road to Bishop Pack Outfitters and find out about wilderness pack trips.
  • Visit nearby Cardinal Village Resort's Cafe, open from 8 AM to 3 PM.
  • 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.
  • Find great fishing at Convict Lake, Rock Creek Lake, and Lake Crowley.
  • Spend days fishing and hiking among the beautiful Mammoth Lakes.

Key North Lake 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. RVs and trailers are not allowed in the campground.
  5. Dogs must be always kept on leash and always attended. No more than 2 pets are allowed per campsite.

North Lake Campground

North Lake Campground is sitting at the end of North Lake Road, which leads off from Lake Sabrina Road less than a mile east of Lake Sabrina. Visitors to the campground find good fishing at 13-acre North Lake. With no motors allowed on the lake, anglers often use float tubes or small hand-launched row boats. The campground is right on the trailhead for paths leading up to Lamarck Lake and Piute Lake. Bishop Pack Outfitters pack station is between the campground and North Lake. They offer trail rides and pack trips into the wilderness.

North Lake Campground has 11 first-come, first-served campsites among the trees. RVs and trailers are not allowed on the partially unpaved and narrow North Lake Road, so tent camping is the order of the day. There is no drinking water provided. Some of the nicest campsites require a short walk from the parking area. The maximum stay at the campground is 7 days.

North Lake Campground Basics
North Lake Campground Location: North Lake Road, 2 miles off Lake Sabrina Road/Highway 168 and 18 miles west of Bishop
Elevation: 9,350 feet
Mileage from major cities: 287 miles north of Los Angeles
218 miles south of Reno.
Number of Campsites: 11
Open - Closed: Early June through mid-September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicles, 2nd vehicle $7
Maximum Length of Stay: 7 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
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $23 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

North Lake Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, bear-proof food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near North Lake Campground: Visit North Lake for fishing and non-motorized boating. Find hiking trails into the John Muir Wilderness. Go on trail rides and wilderness trips with Bishop Pack Outfitters. Drive 3 miles to Lake Sabrina for fishing and boating. Lake Sabrina Landing has boat rentals, free launch ramp, tackle and bait, snacks and drinks, and a cafe. Take hiking trails into the Sabrina Basin.

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.

Bishop Pack Outfitters,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Bishop Pack Outfitters

Map of Campgrounds along Bishop Creek in the Inyo National Forest, including North Lake Campground,  CA


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