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Convict Lake, Mammoth Lakes

#2 of 13 in Nature in Mammoth Lakes
Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
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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  • Went there twice - once in winter (over Thanksgiving weekend) and once in May (over Memorial Day weekend). It was gorgeous in Winter, just a little too chilly to enjoy a good hike. But in summer...  more »
  • We hiked around the lake over memorial weekend. We got there at around 9am and found parking without any issues. The lake was very clean and so clear you could see the fish swimming around the...  more »
  • 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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