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Convict Lake Campground (California)

Convict Lake Overview

Convict Lake

Convict Lake Campground is set in a beautiful Sierra Nevada canyon with spectacular views of the 167-acre lake. There are 88 single-family (mixed use) campsites, some with views of the lake. None of the campsites have hookups.

Convict Creek flows through the campground and there are also shrubs, aspen and cottonwood trees growing along the creek. The campground has vending machines, flush and vault toilets and a general store nearby. The campground also as ADA restrooms. Each campsite has a table, fire ring and grill. Most sites also have food storage lockers. Firewood is available for sale.

There are 48 reservable campsites and 40 first-come, first-served campsites at Convict Lake campground. The reservable campsites are: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21, 22, 23, 27, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 43, 44, 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 55, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 69, 72, 75, 76, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 86, 87 and 88. All others are first-come, first-served.

Convict Lake is a very popular fishing and hiking destination with many other outdoor recreational opportunities for the family including biking, rock climbing, winter sports and wildlife viewing. There is also a general store, boat / equipment rentals, bait shop and restaurant.

Convict Lake History

Convict Lake used to be called Diablo Lake before Moses Black and Leander Morton escaped with about 29 others from the Nevada State Penitentiary back on September 17, 1871.  Seems there was quite the shoot out between the possess and outlaws close to Convict Creek. Black Morton and another of the convicts escaped toward Bishop, but the law soon caught up with them. They were eventually “lynched, tried and hung” by vigilantes.

If Convict Lake is full, you may try Old Shady Rest campground located in the nearby town of Mammoth Lakes.

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  • Bait Shop
  • BBQ Grills
  • Boat Launch/Ramp
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Rental
  • Camp Store
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Grills
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Rentals
  • Restaurant
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets, Vault Toilets)
  • Showers
  • Visitor Center
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Canoeing
  • Creek
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Walking Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Winter Sports
California 93546
760 924-5500
Lat / Long:

37.59889, -118.85083

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Best Campsites

6, 15, 16, 24, 26, 29, 33, 40, 52, 53, 57

Campsite Types
  • Cabin
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer

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Convict Lake Comments & Reviews

Visted Convict Lake Campground lately? We'd love to hear about your adventure. Did you find us useful? Did we forget something? Anything our community should know before heading out to Convict Lake?

39 Comments on “Convict Lake”

  1. Vince Maes says:

    Super friendly camp hosts, clean campground, and disinfected restrooms (nice).

  2. Kees Teurlings says:

    Do you have a place for a RV-trailer of 20′ from June 20. till June 21.

    • Hi Kees,
      There are two Convict Lake Campground sites available for June 20 arrival and June 21 departure. Both will fit your RV-trailer of 20 feet. You’ll need to go to the Convict Lake campground page (HERE) and click on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button/link to check availability and make your reservation.

  3. I’m interested in seeing if there are unreserved/first come first serve sites available for the weekend of June 30- July 1, 2018. I don’t see the campground hosts number to contact for this information.

    • Hi Stacy,
      You may try the information number for Convict Lake Campground:760 924-5500, or you can try calling the Convict Lake Resort Marina at 760 934-3800. They may have a # for the campground host.
      That weekend should be really busy up there – the weekend before the 4th of July holiday, so whatever first-come, first-served spots will go quick. I’d advise arriving on Thursday to improve your chances.

  4. Lauren Adelaida Villa says:

    looking for a recommendation on which campsite to pick at convict- looking for something that is shaded and close to the water – either lake or creek and with a bit of privacy. any suggestions?

    • KARYN GINER says:


      • Camp Ranger says:

        Hi Karyn,
        ReserveAmerica.com handles reservations for Convict Lake campground. Reservations are on a 6 month rolling window. For example, if you want to arrive on April 29, 2019 then the first day you can try and make a reservation is 6 months prior at 8am PST. So that would be October 29, 2018. It’s too early to try and make reservations as the system will not accept reservations (for April 29, 2019 arrival) until October 29th. On that date, click on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button from the Convict Lake campground page HERE.

  5. Davide says:

    Hi site #63 mentions , “lakefront “ from the map it seems it is not ~ is this a typo on the description ?

    • Hi Davide,
      I’m not seeing where there is a reference on our site that campsite #63 at Convict Lake campground is lakefront. None of the campsites are on the lake. The campground is actually about 1/4 mile from Convict Lake.

      • Davide says:

        Thank you , I figured none of the sites are on the lake , but for some reason on recreation.gov ~ it specifies proximity to water “ lakefront , … Thank you for the response

      • Camp Ranger says:

        You’re welcome Davide.

        None are close to the water, but as I said – about a 1/4 mile walk will get you to the shore. Pretty views from every campsite though!

  6. Wan says:

    Hello, we are interested in camping at convict lake from T 8/7-F8/10. What are the chances that there will be first come first served sites available? I can’t figure out how many of these sites there are.

    • Hi Wan,
      There are 48 reservable campsites and 40 first-come, first-served campsites at Convict Lake campground. The reservable campsites are: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21, 22, 23, 27, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 43, 44, 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 55, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 69, 72, 75, 76, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 86, 87 and 88. All others are first-come, first-served.

      If you prefer to try for a reservable campsite, click on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button to check availability and make a reservation from the Convict Lake campground page.

  7. Davide says:

    Hi does site 11 have a bear box ?

  8. Bob Metts says:

    I use a wheelchair and my wife helps me shower. Can I work this out this Sunday, Monday or Tuesday at Convict Lake Campground?

    • Hi Bob,
      CampsitePhotos.com is not associated with the campgrounds listed on our site. We provide the photos of each campsite, campground info and reservation links.
      Convict Lake campground does have ADA restrooms and showers, but you may want to call the campground to double check regarding your question: (760)924-5500

  9. Al lopez says:

    We plan to stay with 25′ RV arriving today(8/27/18) and stay till Wednesday, is there water & electric hook ups?

  10. Gene Gray says:

    The last site available on our trip window was site 55. I reserved it and noticed at the bottom it said there was no bear box. Is that true? I might want to reconsider this site.

    Thank you

    • Hi Gene,
      Not sure what website you were on that said campsite #55 at Convict Lake had no food storage/bear box, but if you check out the photo (HERE) – there is a food/bear storage box at campsite #55.

      • Gene says:

        I read that information on recreation.gov website during the reservation process. I contacted the forest service and they said to go by the information they provide. They also suggested that the photo is outdated. I don’t know. Any chance for an updated photo of the sites? Thanks

      • Camp Ranger says:

        Hi Gene,

        We just triple checked and all Convict Lake campground campsite photos listed on CampsitePhotos.com are accurate and correct. The photos do show the correct/updated campsite. The thumbnail photos on Rec.gov site are small and poorly shot so you really can’t get a good view of the site based on the Rec.gov photos.

  11. Gene says:

    Thanks for the assurance. Thank you!

  12. Deanna says:

    Hi what campsite number are the ones at the end of the campground. We need 4 sites together.

  13. Jt says:

    Hi Bob
    Do you have shower Facilitie in campground?

  14. Michelle Williams says:

    We are having a family reunion at the end of June. Most of our family is staying in cabins. Can you suggest a campsite that is closest to the cabin area? Thank you so much and Happy New Year!!!

    • Hi Michelle,
      If you are walking from your campsite to the cabins, the closest Convict Lake campsites would be 36-42. You’d access a short (100 yard) trail from those campsites over to the cabins. If you’re going to drive, then you’d want sites 2, 3, 4, 5, 87 or 88. It’s about a 1/2 mile drive from these campsites to the cabins.
      Have a great trip!

  15. craig says:

    Camp Ranger,

    I am looking for a campground site map which is printable.
    I’ve been on the reservation site and the map shows sections then with zoom you can view individual sites. I’d like a map with all sites, showing restroom locations, amenities, etc. I like to mark these maps up for my use and future reference. Thank you

    • Hi Craig,
      Unfortunately we have not been able to find a map of Convict Lake campground either (other than the one on the reservation site). Once the snow clears, we will try and get a photographer back up there to see if they have one at the campground we can photograph.

  16. Ray Irons says:

    We have a reservation for site #69 from Sun May 25 -Sat Jun 1st. I wanted to know if there is anyplace in the campground where I can top off my fresh water tank. We will be coming from over 200 miles away and If I can get fresh water in the campground, I won’t have to travel with a full load all the way from home.

    • Hi Ray,

      We’re not sure if there is water available for trailers/RVs to top off their tanks. There are water spigots at Convict Lake campground though. Might be best to give the campground a call to ask: 760-924-5500

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