Convict/Walker/Mono Lakes Facts

~Convict/Walker/Mono Lake Article

Here’s How You Do It:

Convict Lake needs to be booked (link below) in advance (4-6 mo.) as it is resort camping and fills early unless you are coming on either end of the peak season. Also Convict’s campground closes in winter months but cabins are available year around. Out of the area, fly in to either Los Angeles International or Reno and rent a car (directions below).

Walker Lake is free camping and there is no need for a reservation.

~Location: Convict Lake – Ea. side of highway #395, approx. 10 min south of the Mammoth Lakes turnoff. Across from the Mammoth/Yosemite Airport. Yes you can fly from a number of cities in California but it will NOT be on a dime.

Walker Lake – #395 to the NORTH (NOT south) turnoff for the June Lake loop. First right off of the loop (about ½-1 mile in) and the sign will say, Parker Lake but bear right after you start onto the dirt road and follow it until it dead ends at the Walker Lake campground.

 Mono Lake – Highway #395 to the Mono Lake turnoff (this will be very near the June Lake turnoff on the opposite side on #395). Follow the signs to the tufa viewing area or Navy Beach.

~Ranger Station/Visitor Center: Nearest for all three of these lakes is Mono Ranger Station and Visitor Center, located just north of the town of Lee Vining and on the Mono Lake side.

Phone (760) 647-3044

 ~Nearest Town and Amenities:  Several towns are near the 3 lakes. Mammoth, Lee Vining, and June Lake. You will find tourist shops and an information center (not to be confused with Ranger Station and Visitor Center north of town) w/ a film on Mono Lake in Lee Vining as well as restaurants, motels etc. The town is only a few blocks long.

The town of June Lake offers a small market, some restaurants and a rocking candy shop.

 ~Campground/s: Either make reservations ahead through Reserve America or if traveling the off season, grab a first come/first serve sight in Convict or stop by the visitor center to the north of Mono to book a sight.

*Convict Lake Resort offers cabin all year long.

*Dispersed Camping – yes.

*No reservations/no fee for Walker

 ~Warnings: No water at Walker Lake. High/often dangerous winds at Mono Lake in the summer/fall months.

 ~Permits: None

 ~Weather: Always check.

 ~Suggestions: Winds on Mono Lake can be hurricane force at certain times of the year. Check with the ranger station before putting kayaks in and/or swimming if conditions are suspect.

Guided canoe trips on Mono Lake are lovely.

Convict Lake Resort offers horseback riding.

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