Saddlebag Lake California Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Saddlebag Lake

Saddlebag Lake, located just outside of Yosemite National Park in California’s beautiful Hoover Wilderness boasts lakeside camping, abundant trout fishing, and scenic alpine hiking. Read More

  • Saddlebag Lake Campground treats visitors to breathtaking lake views.
  • Hike the 20 Lakes Basin trail for spectacular alpine scenery.
  • Fish for chance to catch rainbow, brown and brook trout, as well as the elusive golden trout.


Saddlebag Lake is located in the Hoover Wilderness just outside of Yosemite National Park. The lake is a member of the 20 lakes basin, and offers visitors secluded camping, world class fishing, and excellent hiking.

Location & Information

From Mammoth Lakes take US 305 North approximately 35 miles to CA 120 W. Continue 10 miles when you’ll turn right on Saddle Bag Lake Rd.
CA-120 closes during the winter.

Phone: (760) 932 7070
Website: Inyo National Forest
Phone: 760-873-2400


Saddlebag Lake campground treats visitors to breathtaking lake views and quick access to Yosemite National Park and Mono Basin Scenic Area. The campground is open seasonally, usually June 1st until October 15th. Rates are $19.00 per day. There is a general store nearby for supplies.

Saddlebag Lake offers anglers a chance to catch rainbow, brown, brook, and golden Trout. Since golden trout can only be found in lakes above 10,000 feet, catching one of these colorful beauties is a real treat. There are opportunities for both shore and boat fishing.  Rentals are available at the lake’s resort.

Saddlebag Lake/20 Lakes Basin trail is an 8 mile hike that treats visitors to breathtaking alpine scenery as it skirts a dozen alpine lakes. All of the lakes on this route boast excellent fishing, so make sure to carry your gear.