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Convict Lake, Mammoth Lakes

4.8
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Convict Lake is a lake located in Mono County, California, United States, situated in the Sherwin Range of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It is known for its turquoise-blue water, the dramatic mountains (including Mount Morrison) that surround it, the trout fishing it affords, and its unusual history. The lake, known to the Paiute as Wit-sa-nap, was renamed by settlers after an incident on September 23, 1871, in which a group of convicts escaped from prison in Carson City, Nevada, and took refuge near the lake. They were pursued by a posse, and after it caught up to the convicts, a shootout followed, in which a number of both posse members and convicts were killed or wounded. The remaining convicts who survived initially escaped but were eventually captured and lynched.

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  • This review is only for the boat rentals at the Convict lake resort. We visited during the pandemic on a busy Columbus Day weekend and had a great time on the water. The rental is located right on...  more »
  • for over 50 years I have loved convict lake. not so much for the fishing...... but the beauty at sunrise.it just has something special about it. its 2 mins from the highway... its worth a look at...  more »
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  • Beautiful landscape. Wonderful views of Gods work. The Restaurant fare is Five Star all the way.
  • A piece of heaven on earth, the name does not do this lake justice. The story is pretty cool though.

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