Palisade Group Campground

Inyo National Forest

Rock Creek Lake

Palisade Group Camp, Rock Creek,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Palisade Group Camp

Southern Eastern Sierra
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Eastern Sierra enjoy magnificent scenery, excellent fishing, and a variety of places to explore. Groups camped at Palisade Group Campground are near Rock Creek and close to wonderful Rock Creek Lake. Many other attractions are nearby.

  • Stop in for breakfast at nearby Rock Creek Lodge, serving from 8 AM to 10 AM.
  • Find great fishing at Convict Lake, Rock Creek Lake, and Lake Crowley.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Take a day hike up the trail into Little Lakes Valley at Rock Creek.

Key Palisade Group Campground Regulations

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

Palisade Group Campground

Palisade Group Campground is along Rock Creek Road, 6 miles west of Highway 395 at Tom's Place. Campers at Palisade Group Campground are only 3 miles from scenic Rock Creek Lake with opportunities for swimming, fishing, and boating. Rock Creek Lake has a 5 MPH speed limit. A nice day-use area with a beach is located on the southeastern side of the lake. Several miles farther up the road are popular trails for day hikes into Little Lakes Valley.

Palisade Group Campground has a single camping area which can accommodate up to 25 or 30 people and 5 vehicles.1 Once a family camp, Palisade has been converted to a group camp. As a result the group site is composed of a cluster of individual sites and has no central cooking area. The campground is best suited for tents since parking space is limited next to the campsites. There is, however, ample parking in a large, open area adjacent to the campground. The maximum length of stay here is 7 days.

1The Forest Service website says 25 people maximum, but the reservation website allows for up to 30 people. Note also that the reservation website refers to the campground as Palisades (plural).

Palisade Group Campground Basics
Palisade Group Campground Location: Rock Creek Road, 3¾ miles west of Highway 395 at Toms Place
Elevation: 8,300 feet
Mileage from major cities: 297 miles north of Los Angeles
179 miles south of Reno
Number of Campsites: 1
Open - Closed: Mid-May through early October
Max. People per Site: 25-30
Vehicles per Site: 5
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 Palisade Group Campground
Reservations accepted whenever campground is open until Oct. 1, then first come, first served
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 4 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 25 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $75 per night
Reservations: Palisade Group Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Palisade Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, fire rings, bear-proof food storage lockers; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Palisade Group Campground: Drive three miles to Rock Creek Lake for fishing, boating, and swimming. Launch your boat at the unimproved boat launch ramp. Rock Creek Lake Resort has a popular cafe, cabin rentals, boat rentals, and a store. Find great 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. Drive ten miles to Crowley Lake and Crowley Lake Fish Camp.

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.

Beach at Rock Creek Lake,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Rock Creek Lake Beach

Map of Campgrounds along Rock Creek in the Inyo National Forest,including Palisade Group Campground, CA


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