Convict Lake Campground
Convict Lake Road off of Highway 395
Mammoth Lakes , California 93546
Local Phone: (760) 924-5771
This beautiful lake at 7,850 feet in the Eastern Sierra is known for its fishing and the dramatic mountains that surround it. It was named after an incident on Sep. 23, 1871, when a group of convicts escaped from prison in Carson City, Nev. A member of the posse that came after them was killed in the encounter.
The campground, two miles west of Highway 395 and a short walk from the lake, features 85 tent sites. Many are not shaded, so bring a pop-up if you have one. The lake can be circumnavigated via a three-mile trail (leash for Fido required), and popular dog-friendly destinations such as Devil’s Postpile National Monument are just a short jaunt away. Hot showers and meals are available at the nearby Convict Lake Resort.
Campsite fee is $22 per night, and summer reservations can be hard to come by. Dogs must be leashed. This is an active bear area, and food lockers are provided.