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Convict Lake, Mammoth Lakes

4.8
#2 of 13 in Nature in Mammoth Lakes
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, wherein 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, wherein 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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  • amazing in winter, well worth the short drive up there from the Highway , the ice formations at the lakes edge looked great  more »
  • A must see when you visit Mammoth. It is so beautiful, with great hiking trails. Make sure you hike to the back of the lake. Not to be missed!  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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