Convict Lake Campground, Mammoth Lakes

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Convict Lake is a lake in the Sherwin Range of the Sierra Nevada in California, United States. It is known for its fishing and the dramatic mountains (including Mount Morrison) that surround the lake. Its surface lies at an elevation of 7850ft.
The lake was named after an incident on September 23, 1871, where a group of convicts escaped from prison in Carson City. A posse, from Benton, led by Deputy Sheriff George Hightower, encountered the convicts near the head of what is now Convict Creek. Posse member Robert Morrison, a Benton merchant and Wells Fargo Agent, was killed in the encounter, and Mount Morrison was named after him. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.
Convict Lake is known for its fishing, including Rainbow trout, German brown trout, and a species of sucker fish. Due to the high demand of fishing in the lake and stream, the lake is stocked once a week during the summer with rainbow trout, supplied by nearby hatcheries. There is a three-mile trail for hiking around the lake and a trail that connects the lake to the Sierra Crest.
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  • The lake water levels in the Mammoth area are very low these days, especially in October, but THIS is the lake to hike around for gorgeous lake scenery and fall colors. The leaves were yellow in the....  more
    The lake water levels in the Mammoth area are very low these days, especially in October, but THIS is the lake to hike around for gorgeous lake scenery and fall colors. The leaves were yellow in the....  more »
  • Convict Lake is great for a day trip of fishing or hiking. It also is a beautiful place to stay in the cabins. Daughter got married there and it was beautiful. Staff was wonderful. 
    Convict Lake is great for a day trip of fishing or hiking. It also is a beautiful place to stay in the cabins. Daughter got married there and it was beautiful. Staff was wonderful.  more »
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  • This is a very nice Campground within a walking distance to beautiful convict lake. Numerous sites are well spaced so you're not right on top of your neighbor, some sites very close to the stream that runs through the campground. The campground store is well stocked with food and tourist items and the prices are reasonable. Of course there is the restaurant and other more casual dining options to choose from. Bathrooms are clean and spacious. With actual flush toilets and sinks. You can either Reserve or take your chances on first come first to served but they're always seem to be sites available.
  • Nice campground, no hookups and can get very hot or very cold. Near the resort with its camp store. Marina with boats to rent $$$ Bathrooms have toilet and sink, can only run generators 3 hours at a time, 3 hour breaks, and off at quiet time. The lake and soaring mountain views are beautiful.

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