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Silver Lake Campground (California)

Silver Lake Overview

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Silver Lake Campground is located at the base of Carson Peak in the June Lake area (Inyo National Forest) and has 65 campsites for tents, trailers and RVs. A nearby waterfall also provides some nice ambiance for sleeping!

The walk-in (first-come, first-serve) campsites are 1, 6, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 39, 42, 44, 45, 50, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61 and 64; the rest of the campsites are reservable.┬áCampsites 17-28 are very close to the lake and campsites 31-42 are along Rush Creek.┬áThere’s also no campsites for #29 and #30.

The campground has drinking water, flush toilets and showers ($). There are no hookups, but there are plenty of water facets. Each campsite also has a table, fire ring, grill and food storage locker. A small store, cafe, hiking trailhead, and pack station all within easy walking distance of the campground.

Silver Lake – Area Recreation

Outdoor recreation includes world class fishing, backpacking and hiking. Visitors can also enjoy boating, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking and wildlife viewing. The Rush Creek Trailhead is located near the resort at the north end of the lake, providing trail access to the Rush Creek Basin, The Ansel Adams Wilderness and Yosemite National Park.

Other campgrounds in the area include Oh Ridge, June Lake, Reversed Creek and Gull Lake.

Make a Reservation for Silver Lake

  • BBQ Grills
  • Boat Launch/Ramp
  • Boat Ramp
  • Cafe
  • Camp Store
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Golden Age & Access Passports accepted
  • Grills
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • Showers
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Canoeing
  • Creek
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Walking Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Winter Sports
June Lake Loop
June Lake, California 93529
760 934-5795
Lat / Long:

37.78306, -119.12639

Make a Reservation Campground Map
Best Campsites

12, 15, 17, 19, 24, 35, 36, 43, 45, 52, 55, 56 and 60

Campsite Types
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer

From: Early May To: November



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Silver Lake Comments & Reviews

Visted Silver 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 Silver Lake?

14 Comments on “Silver Lake”

  1. Marty Clinkaberry says:

    How can we tell when the photos were last updated? I think this campground has been remodeled since these photos were taken.

    • Hi Marty,
      We photographed the campsites for Silver Lake (Inyo National Forest) back in 2010 so they may be a bit dated. We will schedule a photographer to reshoot the campground in late spring (2019).

  2. Dino R says:

    Hi you state that the best campsites are 29, 30 and 34, but yet those seem to be the only three that there are no pictures of….why?


    • Hi Dino,
      There’s not photos for campsite 29, 30 and 34 because we want to keep them secret ;-). Actually – thanks for pointing that out. These sites actually do not exist at Silver Lake campground and we accidentally listed them as best campsites. Our favorite campsites for Silver Lake campground are 12, 15, 17, 19, 24, 35, 36, 43, 45, 52, 55, 56 and 60. We choose these because of size, privacy (trees) – for some, and others for the views.

  3. Ramtin Riahi says:

    Hi, i’m planning on driving up to your campground for memorial weekend with no reservation and hopes of landing a site as a walk up. What are my chances of landing a site and how early do I need to be there on Saturday? Thank you

    • Hi Ramtin,
      Silver Lake campground will be popular over Memorial Day weekend. There are 26 walk-in (first-come, first-serve sites) that will be available. All of the reservable campsites are booked over Memorial Day, so that should give you an idea that many will also try for the walk-in sites. Some people will even arrive Thursday evening to secure a site over the weekend. I’d say your chances are low to get a walk-in campsite if you arrive on Saturday (anytime). All will most likely be taken Friday evening/night.

  4. Brian says:

    I have the same question as Ramtin, but I’m wondering about the walk-in sites for this upcoming weekend. Any insight into availability for this upcoming weekend? And, do my chances of securing a walk-in increase if I arrive on Friday night versus Saturday morning?

    • Hi Brian,

      Friday night will increase your chances of getting one of the walk-in campsites at Silver Lake, but weekends are always busy – and the walk-in sites may already be full if you arrive arrive Friday evening/night. You’d improve your chances with getting there around noon on Friday if you can. Best of luck!

  5. Eric Martens says:

    If we showed up on a Wednesday what are the chances of us getting one of the more private (trees) tent sites?

    • Hi Eric,
      I think you have a good chance of getting a Silver Lake tent site (more private / in trees) by showing up on Wednesday. Best of luck and hope you score a campsite you want!

  6. Derek Larson says:

    Are horsetail falls still running?

    • Hi Derek,
      We have not been up to Silver Lake campground / Horsetail Falls lately. There is still plenty of water in the creeks throughout the eastern Sierra, so it may be flowing still. Perhaps someone here has visited recently and can let us know!

  7. Rick Thorson says:

    Is there a place you can fill your water tank up with water? Do I have to fill my water tank before I leave Santa Rosa?

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