Rock Creek Lake Campground

Inyo National Forest

Rock Creek Lake

Rock Creek Lake Campground,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Tent-only Campsites at Rock Creek Lake

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.

Rock Creek Lake Campground

Rock Creek Lake Campground is on the east shore of Rock Creek Lake, 9 miles west of Tom's Place on Highway 395. Visitors to the campground are rewarded with beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding Sierra peaks. Rock Creek Lake is popular for fishing, especially the planted Alpers trout. A day use area at the southeastern end of the lake makes a great place for shore fishing and swimming. Boats are limited to 5 MPH.

Nearby trails leading up Little Lakes Valley are favorites of day hikers. Within 2½ miles the main trail passes a half dozen lakes and many ponds. Rising at the head of the valley are the jagged summits of Bear Creek Spire, Mt. Dade, and Mt. Abbott.

Rock Creek Lake Campground has 26 campsites. Six tent-only sites are spread along a low ridge between the parking area and the lake, offering nice views of the lake and moderate privacy. Five walk-to campsites are also designated. Two sites are specified for RVs only, while the remaining 13 campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Those sites are close together and not as appealing as the tent-only sites. The maximum length of stay here is 7 days.

Rock Creek Lake Group Camp is located across the lake off Rock Creek Road.

Campground Basics
Location: Rock Creek Road, 9 miles west of Highweay 395 at Toms Place
Elevation: 9,700 feet
Mileage from major cities: 299 miles north of Los Angeles
189 miles south of Reno.
Number of Campsites: 26
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: 7 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Recreation Resource Management for Inyo National Forest
Information - Inyo NF, Bishop (760) 873-2400

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: $25 per night
Reservations: Rock Creek Lake Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Rock Creek Lake Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, bear-proof food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: 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; 14 miles to Crowley Lake; 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.

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.

Rock Creek Lake,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Rock Creek Lake (group camp is to the right in picture)

Rock Creek Lake Group Camp

Rock Creek Lake Group Camp is located on the west side of the lake, off Rock Creek Road. The campground is among the trees with filtered views of the lake. The tent-only group site can accommodate up to 25 people. RVs or trailers are not allowed at the campground since visitors must walk to the site. There is no trash collection, so campers must pack out their garbage. The site has picnic tables, flush toilets, piped water, and fire rings. Note: "Campers must clean toilets during stay." The campground is closed to new arrivals from 10 PM to 6 AM.
Fee: $70 per night
Reservations: Rock Creek Lake Group Camp Reservations

Map of Campgrounds along Rock Creek in the Inyo National Forest, CA


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