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ROCK CREEK LAKE, CA

part ofInyo National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Tue May 26 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Rock Creek Lake is located near Bishop, Tom's Place and Mammoth Lakes, California, in Inyo National Forest. This high-elevation facility provides both RV and tent-only sites 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 and horseback riding at the nearby pack station are popular.

This is not the Rock Creek close to Fresno and Yosemite in nearby Sierra National Forest; the facilities are often confused.

Natural Features:

The campsites at Rock Creek Lake sit on a low hill with scattered aspen and lodgepole pine trees overlooking the lake's crystal blue waters. At an elevation of 9,600 feet, the facility affords visitors excellent mountain views.

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 include brook, brown, rainbow and stocked Alpers trout, while anglers may be treated to golden trout in the backcountry. Power boats on the lake are limited to electric motors only.

The area's majestic scenery and challenging trails are a 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 campsites are well-spaced along the lake shore, with several tent-only, walk-in sites overlooking the lake. Boat rentals, educational programs, groceries and showers are all nearby. Firewood is available on-site for a fee. Bears inhabit the area, so bear-proof lockers are provided for campers to store food.

Nearby Attractions:

Visitors have convenient 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
  • Bike Rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • General Store
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Lake Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Restaurant
  • Showers
  • Tent sites
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Rentals
Know Before You Go
  • Maximum of 2 vehicles or 1 RV per site; trailer counts as vehicle
  • This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • Fires permitted only in fireplaces provided
  • 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 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):
37.45382, -118.73901
37°27'14"N, 118°44'20"W

From Mammoth Lakes, California, drive south on 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 family campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ROCK CREEK LAKE

BISHOP  CA  93515

Phone Number:

Information:  (760)873-2500
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