North Lake Campground

Inyo National Forest


Lake Sabrina


Fishing on Lake Sabrina  Inyo National Forest, CA

Fishing at Nearby Lake Sabrina

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.

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 campsites require a short walk from the parking area. The maximum stay at the campground is 7 days.

Campground Basics
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

Reservations
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
Nearby attractions: North Lake for fishing and non-motorized boating. Hiking trails into the John Muir Wilderness. Trail rides and wilderness trips with Bishop Pack Outfitters. 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; 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

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