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Convict Lake Campground (California) Make a Reservation

California 93546
760 924-5500
37.59889, -118.85083
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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. 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. Each campsite has a table, food locker, fire ring and grill.

Our favorite Convict Lake campsites are: 6, 15, 16, 24, 26, 29, 33, 40, 52, 53 and 57.

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. Black and Morton were “lynched, tried and hung” by vigilantes.

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.

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

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10 Replies to “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.

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      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.

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      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?

  5. Davide says:

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

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      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.

      1. 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

      2. 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!

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Directions:

Convict Lake Campground is about 34 miles north of Bishop, California on Highway 395. From Bishop, travel north on 395. The turnoff to the campground is across from Mammoth Yosemite Airport and is well signed. From Mammoth Lakes, travel on Highway 395 south for 5 miles. Turn west off of Highway 395.

Amenities
  • Bait Shop
  • BBQ Grills
  • Boat Launch/Ramp
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Rental
  • Camp Store
  • 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
Activities
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Canoeing
  • Creek
  • 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
Regions
  • Lake
  • Mammoth Lakes Area
  • Mountains
  • National Forest
  • Northern California
  • Sierra Nevada
Campsite Types
  • Cabin
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
Best Campsites:

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

Season:

Year Round

Elevation:

7,500

# of Campsites:

88