Convict Lake California Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Convict Lake

Breathtaking alpine scenery combined with world-class trout fishing, scenic hiking, and ideallic lakeside camping make Convict Lake a draw for outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Enjoy world class trout fishing with opportunities to bag Rainbow and Alper’s Trout.
  • Hike the Convict Lake Trail in about 1.5 hours.
  • 85 campsites are available from April until October.


Located in the shadow of Mount Morrison, at 7,850 ft, Convict Lake's pristine alpine setting treats visitors to world-class trout fishing, lake side camping, scenic hiking, and lazy days by the lake.

Location & Information

From Mammoth lakes head south on US 395 and take the Convict Lake turnoff. Follow the road for about two miles to find the lake.


Facilities are open seasonally, usually from April until the end of October.

PO Box 603
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546


Convict Lake is known, first and foremost, as a fishing destination. During the summer the waters are stocked weekly with 800 – 1000 fingerling rainbow trout. An additional 400 – 500 pounds of “catchable” trout are stocked from the bridge near the parking lot. Six times per year, the lake is stocked with Alpers Trout. The lake can be fished either from the shore, or from a boat (rentals are available). For quick access, fish right from the bridge.

The lake trail takes about 1.5 hours and has minimal elevation gain. Hikers are rewarded with breathtaking views of the lake, as well as Mt. Morrison.

The US Forest Service maintains a campground at convict lake.  It is usually open from April until the end of October. The campground has 85 sites, 50 of which can be reserved online. The remaining are available on a first-come first-served basis. Fee’s are $20.00 per night.  A general store is located near the campground.

Fun Facts

Convict Lake earned its name from a shootout in 1871. A group of escaped convicts escaped from prison and fled to, what is now known as, Convict Lake. Pursued by Sheriff Robert Morrison; they eventually came to a standoff.. The sheriff was killed in the encounter, and Mt. Morrison was named in his honor.