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

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.

Palisade Group Campground

Palisade Group Campground is along Rock Creek Road, 6 miles west of Highway 395 at Tom's Place. Campers at Palisade 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).

Campground Basics
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
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
Nearby attractions: Three miles to 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. Ten miles to Crowley Lake, 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, CA

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