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SHERWIN CREEK, CA

part ofInyo National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: SHERWIN CREEK
Status: Closed through Thu Apr 24 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Sherwin Creek Campground is located in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains within 2 miles of the full-service community of Mammoth Lakes, California. Popular among anglers, hikers, off-road vehicle enthusiasts and photographers, the campground is near some of the most spectacular wilderness and outdoor recreation areas in the Sierras.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated in a shady forest of Jeffery pine, bordered by aspen-lined Sherwin Creek. The elevation is 7,600 feet. Wild roses and other flowers bring color to the landscape in spring and early summer.

Many species of wildlife call the mountains home, such as black bear, mountain lions, mule deer, pine marten, pika and numerous fish and birds.

Recreation:

With a motocross track and trails, Sherwin Creek is a hot spot for off-road vehicle enthusiasts. The area's majestic scenery and challenging trails are also a draw for hikers. The Valentine Lake Trail and additional trailheads provide access to the John Muir Wilderness.

The eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains are known for their exceptional trout fishing. Anglers can try for rainbow trout in the creek.

Facilities:

This large campground has campsites organized into three loops, all within walking distance of the creek. Several tent-only, walk-to sites make up another loop in a secluded area on either side of the creek. Sites have a native surface and plenty of shade.

Nearby Attractions:

For campers interested in local events, the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee is hosted in Mammoth annually in mid-July. Several other events and amenities are available in town.

Many great day trips for sightseers are available in the area, such as Yosemite National Park, Mono Basin and Devils Postpile National Monument.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Entrance Station
  • Firewood
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Recycling
  • Self Pay Station
  • Tables
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Spigot
Within 10 Miles
  • Bike Rentals
  • Biking
  • Coin Showers
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Marina
  • Motocross Track
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Ranger Station
  • Scenic Drive
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • In accordance with standard industry practices, Inyo Recreation will assess an additional $5 vehicle fee for the 'second vehicle' in each single family campsite, and on the 'third and fourth vehicle' in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered one vehicle, and the third and fourth motorcycle are also considered one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
  • Access is via 1.5 miles on a two-lane gravel road
  • Campers bringing off-road vehicles must see the campground host regarding rules
  • No electric hookups and no showers
  • This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • Campground usually not clear of snow until late May or early June
  • 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


This facility is operated by Inyo Recreation, doing business as California Land Management. Comments are appreciated; see campground hosts or access comment forms online.
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.
  • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact the Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center, (760) 924-5500, or the Mono Lakes Visitor Center, (760) 647-3044.
    • 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):
    37.63, -118.935
    37°37'48"N, 118°56'6"W

    Take U.S. Highway 395 to State Highway 203 to Mammoth Lakes. Take a left at the first traffic light in town onto Old Mammoth Road. Drive south 0.9 miles to Sherwin Creek Road. Turn left and proceed 1.5 miles to the campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    SHERWIN CREEK

    MAMMOTH LAKES CA 93546
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