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part ofInyo National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Nov 01 2015   Season Dates


McGee Campground provides a pleasant, sunny location for family camping between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The campground's proximity to U.S. Highway 395 and the adjacent John Muir Wilderness make it a hot spot for hiking, rock climbing, fishing, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, hunting, photography and geology study.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated in an expanse of silvery white sagebrush and near a meadow lined with aspens. It sits at an elevation of 7,600 feet and offers outstanding views of high mountain peaks in the John Muir Wilderness. McGee Creek runs alongside it, with some sites sitting along the banks of the water.


Majestic scenery and challenging trails draw in hikers, mountain bikers and equestrian enthusiasts. The McGee Creek Trailhead, a popular trail for hiking and horseback riding into the McGee Canyon area of the John Muir Wilderness, lies just two miles from the campground.

The eastern Sierras are known for exceptional trout fishing. McGee Creek and nearby Crowley Lake have some of the best fishing in the area.

The area's interesting geology also makes it popular for rock hounding.


McGee offers about 28 reservable, open and sunny campsites. Each site has a picnic shelter. Roads and camping spurs are paved.

Bear-proof lockers are provided for food storage and firewood is for sale on-site.

Nearby Attractions:

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

Visitors can explore the magnificent John Muir Wilderness, which stretches for 100 miles along the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is a land of lofty snow-capped mountains, deep canyons and vast expanses of glacially-carved terrain, and offers extensive hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Some sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Limit 2 vehicles or 1 RV or trailer per site; a trailer or RV is considered a vehicle
  • $7 extra vehicles fee collected at campground
  • Campers must check-in with campground manager upon arrival
  • This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of site 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 info 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):
37.56444, -118.78472
37°33'52"N, 118°47'5"W

From U.S. Highway 395 in California, take the McGee Creek exit, located 8 miles south of Mammoth Lakes and 37 miles north of Bishop. Proceed 2 miles south up the paved McGee Creek Road. The campground is on the left.

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Information:  (760)935-4213
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