Convict Lake (Eastern Sierras) 2011

Campsite: CONVICT LAKE CAMPGROUND

Geographic Location: EASTERN SIERRAS – BETWEEN BISHOP AND MAMMOTH

Type of Campground: STATE CAMPGROUND

Experience Level: GREAT FOR MODERATELY EXPERIENCED CAMPERS LOOKING TO GET BACK TO NATURE

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Beautiful views from the camp site
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Enjoying breakfast

(All ratings are based on a 1-5 system. 1=Horrible 5=Amazing)

Pet Friendly:(5) YES – CHECK OUT THE PICTURES OF OUR DOG ENJOYING THE LAKE

Family Friendly:(3) FAMILY FRIENDLY FOR MODERATELY EXPERIENCED CAMPERS.

Cleanliness: (5) VERY

Noise Level: (5) PEACEFUL AND QUIET, JUST LIKE BEING IN NATURE SHOULD BE. YOU CAN HEAR ANIMALS AT NIGHT SOMETIMES.

Restrooms: (5) FLUSH TOILETS – VERY CLEAN

Campsite Space: (4) SOME SITES ARE BIGGER THAN OTHERS, BUT WE HAD ENOUGH ROOM FOR 2 TENTS

Shade/Sun: (3) NOT A LOT OF SHADE AT MANY SITES

Ground: (4) DIRT- RELATIVELY FLAT, BUT VARIES FROM SITE TO SITE

Bugs/Critters/Wildlife: (3) ITS THE SIERRAS, AND ITS A LAKE…SO THERE WERE SOME MOSQUITOES. ALSO NOT UNCOMMON FOR A BLACK BEAR TO VISIT OR FOR DEER TO WONDER THROUGH YOUR SPOT. USE THOSE BEAR LOCKERS!

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Dogs can go explore the lake!
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A deer saying “hi”

Amenities: 

  •  RESTROOMS WITH FLUSH TOILETS, SINKS,HAND SOAP AND TRASHCAN IN EACH STALL
  • COIN OPERATED SHOWERS
  • BEAR LOCKERS AT EACH SITE
  • WATER SPIGOTS THROUGHOUT CAMPGROUND
  • TALL FIRE PITS WITH GRILLS CHAINED ON
  • WOODEN PICNIC BENCHES
  • FLAT GROUND WITH BRUSH CLEARED
  • BEAUTIFUL LAKE WITH WALKING PATH AT CAMPGROUND
  • AMAZING HIKING TRAIL STARTS NEXT TO CAMPGROUND
  • OMG THE AMAZING VIEWS!!!!!!!!
  • SECRET HOT SPRINGS ARE JUST A SHORT DRIVE AWAY (RIGHT ACROSS THE HIGHWAY)
  • LOTS OF GREAT SIGHTSEEING IN THE AREA
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Convict Lake Trail head
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The beautiful hike around the lake

Comments from the “Chix”

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Our overall impression of this campground was that it is a great campground for nature lovers. This is a personal favorite campground, and we’d camp here all the time if it was closer. The views are out of this world, and the hiking is amazing. They have hiking for all levels. You can stroll around the lake or take a serious like to reach the peak (and see 3 more lakes along the way).

Pros: The real highlight, as mentioned before, is the beauty. But what is great, is you get that rustic, back to nature feel, but still have the conveniences of a nice campground like flush toilets, showers with hot water, a nice spot to pitch a tent, fire pit and picnic table. Dogs will love this place as well as you can get away with letting them explore off-leash.

Cons: It can get hot during summer and there isn’t a lot of shade. Also, if you are a little scared of animals, you may encounter a bear. Another disappointment was that although we reserved our spot online, when we got to the campground our spot had someone else’s name on it. The campground host apologized and was able to find another spot for us.

Tips: Use the bear lockers please! Also, please go hiking, the hiking is great! For a fun bonus check out the hot springs near by. Link about the hot springs

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And many thanks to Andy Orr for some of the great photographs seen on this page.
Link to book your spot at Convict Lake Campground

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