Tuff Campground

Inyo National Forest


Rock Creek Lake


Tuff Campground,  Inyo National Forest, CA

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.

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 ajacent 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.

Campground Basics
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
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
Nearby attractions: Four miles to Crowley Lake, Crowley Lake Fish Camp; 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.

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, CA

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