Tuff Campground

Inyo National Forest

Rock Creek Lake

Tuff Campground,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Southern Eastern Sierra
Attractions and Activities

The Eastern Sierra is known for its magnificent beauty, excellent campgrounds, and rewarding fishing. Camping at Tuff Campground allows visitors to enjoy all the treasures of the lake along with nearby trails and other attractions.

  • 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 Tuff Campground Regulations

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

Tuff Campground

Tuff Campground is located on the east side Highway 395 near Tom's Place. The campground makes a convenient base for those fishing at nearby Crowley Lake. Opening day of fishing season at Crowley Lake draws large numbers of anglers to its fertile waters. Campers at Tuff Campground often head 10 miles up the road to beautiful Rock Creek Lake. Rock Creek Lake is popular for boating and fishing. Anglers are drawn to the lake's population of Alpers trout. Rock Creek Lake has a 5 MPH speed limit. A little farther up the road are great trails for day hikes into Little Lakes Valley.

Tuff Campground has 34 campsites spread across a flat of sage adjacent to Rock Creek. Although not the most scenic campground in the area, Tuff's convenient location makes it popular. A few campsites are among aspens and cottonwoods beside the creek. All the campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents.

Tuff Campground Basics
Tuff Campground Location: Off Owens Gorge Road from Highway 395 at Toms Place
Elevation: 7,000 feet
Mileage from major cities: 290 miles north of Los Angeles
180 miles south of Reno.
Number of Campsites: 34
Open - Closed: Late-April through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicles, 2nd vehicle $7
Maximum Length of Stay: 21 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Recreation Resource Management for Inyo National Forest
Information -
Inyo NF, Bishop
(760) 873-2400

Reservations at Tuff Campground
Reservations accepted whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 4 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 45 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated, but some facilities are accessible
Fees: $23 per night
Reservations: Tuff Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Tuff Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, bear-proof food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: Yes
Attractions near Tuff Campground: Drive over to Crowley Lake and Crowley Lake Fish Camp. Enjoy Rock Creek Lake for fishing, boating, and swimming. A swimming beach is near the campground. 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.

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.

upper Rock Creek,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Upper Rock Creek

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


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