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EAST FORK CALIFORNIA, CA

part ofInyo National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: EAST FORK CALIFORNIA
Status: Closed through Wed May 14 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

East Fork Canyon is in a beautiful wooded section of Rock Creek Canyon, near Lower Rock Creek. Anglers, hikers and photographers enjoy this scenic location in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

The facility is large and accommodating, with several loops of campsites.Opening and closing dates for the season are dependent on weather.

Natural Features:

This beautifully wooded area is dense with pine and fir trees, with aspens that turn golden and shimmer in the fall. Sitting at an elevation of 8,900 ft., East Fork offers views of the taller mountain peaks that surround it.

The campground is adjacent to the clear, cold and cascading Rock Creek, which originates in the John Muir Wilderness and runs for 22 miles through the bottom of Rock Creek Canyon.

The area is home to abundant wildlife, including black bear, mountain lions, mule deer, pine marten, pika and many species of fish and birds.

Recreation:

Rock Creek and other waterways in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains are known for their exceptional trout fishing. A catch from the creek may include brook, brown, rainbow and stocked Alpers trout, while anglers in the backcountry are treated to populations of golden trout.

The area's majestic scenery and challenging trails are an obvious draw for hikers and mountain bikers. There are several trails in and around Rock Creek Canyon, some of which meander around high-elevation alpine lakes.

Facilities:

The campground has four loops. Some campsites are close together, and some sit along the banks of the creek. There is a mix of sun and shade.

Firewood is available for purchase on-site.

Bears inhabit the area; bear-proof lockers for food storage are located throughout the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

For campers interested in local events, Mule Days are held in nearby Bishop over Memorial Day weekend, and the Mammoth Jazz Jubilee is hosted in Mammoth in mid-July.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Picnic Tables
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Maximum two vehicles, or one RV/trailer per site; trailers count as 1 vehicle; extra vehicle fee of $7 collected on-site
  • This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight, in approved containers, or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating; always keep a clean camp and do not feed any wild animals
  • Click here for more information about the Inyo National Forest
Hiking within the Inyo Wilderness requires a special permit for both day and overnight stays. These permits are managed through a limited allocation system. Please CLICK HERE if you are interested in more information on these permits.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.48361, -118.7175
37°29'1"N, 118°43'3"W

From Bishop or Mammoth Lakes, California, follow U.S. Highway 395 (about 30 miles north of Bishop). Take the Tom's Place exit and go 6 miles on Rock Creek Road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

EAST FORK CALIFORNIA
INYO
CA

Phone Number:

Information: (760)935-4339
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