Willow Campground

Inyo National Forest

South Lake

Willow Campground,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Willow Campground

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.

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.

Campground Basics
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
Nearby attractions: Parcher's Resort - South Lake Landing has boat rentals. The resort has cabin rentals and a cafe. Hiking toward Bishop Pass to many scenic lakes. Trail rides and wilderness trips 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, CA


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