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SEASON CLOSURE: Rock Creek Lake Group Camp will close for the season on October 1, 2014.

ROCK CREEK LAKE GROUP CAMP, CA

part ofInyo National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: ROCK CREEK LAKE GROUP CAMP
Status: Open through Tue Oct 14 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Rock Creek Lake Group Campground is adjacent to the main Rock Creek Lake Campground. This tent-only site is located near Bishop, Tom's Place and Mammoth Lakes, California in Inyo National Forest.

The high-elevation campground offers a private setting on the banks of scenic Rock Creek Lake in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains - a perfect location for limitless mountain recreation opportunities.

Fishing, camping, hiking, photography, wildlife viewing and horseback riding at the nearby pack station are popular.

Natural Features:

The group site is nestled in a pine forest, perched on the shore of Rock Creek Lake with a view of the water through the trees.

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

Recreation:

Rock Creek and other waterways in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains are known for exceptional trout fishing. A catch from the lake may including brook, brown, rainbow and stocked Alpers trout, while anglers may be treated to hook golden trout in the backcountry. Power boats are limited to electric motors on the lake.

The area's majestic scenery and challenging trails are an obvious draw for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. The Tamarack Trail begins in the campground and wanders up to several high-elevation, glacially-carved alpine lakes and ponds.

Facilities:

The group camping area is separate from the main campground, offering plenty of privacy. It can accommodate up to 25 people at a time and is tent-only. No RVs are allowed at the campground, as the site requires visitors to walk from the parking area. There is no trash collection.

Nearby Attractions:

Near the campground, visitors can access 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
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Rentals
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restaurant
  • Showers
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • This is a walk-in campground; no vehicles of any type allowed on-site
  • Customers must clean toilets during their stay and remove trash as they leave
  • No access for new campers from 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.
  • Pets are allowed but must be leashed
  • This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations; campground usually not clear of snow until late in May or early June
  • 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
  • Inyo National Forest website
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):
37.45382, -118.73901
37°27'14"N, 118°44'20"W

Directions from Mammoth Lakes, California: Drive south on U.S. Highway 395 for approximately 13 miles. Take the Tom's Place exit and proceed west up the canyon for about 10 miles. At the lake, follow the signs to the boat dock and group camp.

Directions from Bishop, California: Travel north on U.S. Highway 395 for about 30 miles. Turn left at the Tom's Place exit and proceed west up the canyon for about 10 miles. At the Lake, follow the signs to the boat dock and group camp.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ROCK CREEK LAKE GROUP CAMP
INYO
  CA 

Phone Number:

Information:  (760)873-2500
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