Willow Campground

Inyo National Forest

South Lake

Willow Campground,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Willow Campground

Southern Eastern Sierra
Attractions and Activities

Great places for fishing, camping, and hiking can be found all over the Eastern Sierra. Campers at Willow Campground are close to beautiful South Lake. Many other wonderful destinations are found nearby.

  • Take advantage of Parcher's Resort - South Lake Landing has boat rentals. The resort also has cabin rentals and a cafe.
  • Visit Bishop Pack Outfitters and find out about wilderness pack trips.
  • Stop down the road at Cardinal Village Resort's Cafe, open from 8 AM to 3 PM.
  • Fish for trout in popular Bishop Creek or nearby Lake Sabrina and South Lake.
  • Find excellent fishing at Rock Creek Lake, Lake Crowley, and Convict Lake.
  • Take a day hike up the trail into Little Lakes Valley at Rock Creek.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Find great fishing at Convict Lake, Rock Creek Lake, and Lake Crowley.
  • Spend days fishing and hiking among the beautiful Mammoth Lakes.

Key Willow Campground Regulations

  1. To avoid bear problems, store food and scented items in bear-proof lockers.
  2. Quiet Hours run from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
  3. RVs and trailers are not allowed in the campground.
  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.

Willow Campground

Willow Campground is 5½ miles up South Lake Road from its junction with Highway 168 in the Inyo National Forest. The little tent-only campground makes a quiet retreat for those who favor a little privacy. Willow Campground is only 1½ miles from beautiful South Lake, which is known for its excellent fishing. Hikers set out from South Lake, finding a number of scenic lakes only a few miles up the trail.

Willow Campground has 8 tent-only campsites. Most of the sites are tucked in among aspen trees and rocks, providing ample privacy. There is no drinking water provided at the campground. The maximum stay at the campground is 7 days.

Willow Campground Basics
Willow Campground Location: Off South Lake Road 5½ miles from Highway 168 and 22½ miles west of Bishop
Elevation: 9,070 feet
Mileage from major cities: 287 miles north of Los Angeles
218 miles south of Reno.
Number of Campsites: 8
Open - Closed: Late May through late September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicles if space allows, 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

No Reservations First come, first served
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $23 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Willow Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, bear-proof food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump station: Available at nearby Four Jeffrey Campground
Attractions near Willow Campground: Parcher's Resort - South Lake Landing offers boat rentals. The resort also has cabin rentals and a cafe. set out on trails toward Bishop Pass past many scenic lakes. Trail rides and wilderness trips are available with Bishop Pack Outfitters. For fishing nearby wilderness lakes, see Dave's Sierra Fishing - Inyo County.

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. The length of time campers may stay at a particular Forest Service campground varies. Usually it is 14 days, but some allow longer stays while a few of the most popular campgrounds limit stays to 7 days.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

South Lake,  Inyo National Forest, CA

South Lake

Map of Campgrounds along Bishop Creek in the Inyo National Forest,including Willow Campground, CA


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