Camping & RVing in Mammoth
|Camping is king during the summer months
here in mammoth lakes and across the eastern
high sierra. In this section of the web
site we will take a look at many of your camping
options within 20 minuets of the town
of mammoth lakes.
Look for weekly camping updates on what's open/closed
and tips on some great out of the way camping
spots. Look for us in our searcher rv,
we will be out in getting video and images of
every campground we have listed below.
If you see us stop by and say hello
and let us get your photo shot.
link for the current status of all camp grounds
near the mammoth lakes area.
Camping in The
Town of Mammoth Lakes
New and Old Shady
|Here in the
town of mammoth lakes you can camp at
the new and old shady rest campgrounds.
The setting for these camp sites is
in a dense jeffery pine forest. Mammoths
afternoon winds blowing through these
tree provide a nice relaxing camping
Most people camping at Shady Rest use
these sites as a launching point to
go explore the eastern sierra.
Shady rest campgrounds are located right
along the mammoth lakes trail system.
The trails can take you vie a walk or
bike ride to parks, vistas, mammoth
creek, downtown and the volcom skate
The USFS visitors center and amphitheater
are also right on the grounds.
Look for highs in the 70s and 80s during the
summer months and 60s and 70s in the fall months.
Snow in most years moves in a closes things
down by thanks giving. Both new and old
shady rest campground have a hosts on site that
are happy and eager to help you.
These sites have no power, but they do have
water, a table and fire pits. There are bathrooms
that get cleaned twice a day on the grounds
as well. If you need a shower you can
go across the street to the mammoth mountain
Mammoth Mountain RV Park
If you want full hook ups you will want
to try out Mammoth Mountain RV park just across
the street from the Shady Rest Campgrounds.
Use this link for more information.
Both these campground have great access to town,
the USFS outdoor theater and the visitors center.
We also recommend you bring your bike and ride
for miles on paved roads and trails, right out
of the campground.
Cold Water Camp Ground
offers a massive loop of camp sites to chose
from. If your bringing any type of camper or
trailer bring extra leveling blocks as many
of these tight camp sites are way off level.
It's amazing to see some of the spots RVs are
getting leveled on in this loop.
Offers 5 different campgrounds. Some of the
spots are reservation only and some are
first come first served. This area is
bear country and you better follow the rules
and store your food in the lockers provided
at each camp site.
Even in broad daylight bears will come up and
eat all your food. Use caution and be bear aware.
Keep food on locker unless you are eating it
NOW. More information about the
mammoth lakes basin can be found here.
The cold water camp ground is within walking
distance of the old Mammoth Mining town. Great
place to walk and check out some mammoth history.
The camp ground is also at the trailhead to
duck pass. Endless day hiking right out of your
The area has two creeks flowing and the bugs
can get very thick, be prepared or you will
get eaten alive.
All sites have a table, fire ring, semi level
dirt area for a tent and parking for a RV or
2 cars. There are bath rooms that cleaned
daily in the campground. Water available but
not for RV hook ups.
RVs larger then 25 feet will have limited options
in this campground. I have seen a few spots
with 31 footers, so it can be done.
Some of the sites here can be reserved and many
our first come first served. Here is the
USFS link to cold water camp where you can get
info on the sites
Lake Mary Campground
This area has two loops one for smaller campers
trailers and tent and one that can accommodate
some of the larger RVS. Our crew will be up
in this area once it opens to get the low down
on what size RV you can get in the upper loop.
Lake Mary Campground give you direct access
to the lake and to Pokenobe lodge. The lodge
features a small store with some food items
marina with fishing and pontoon boats. You
want to bring your gear and food as the small
store if just for back up if your forget something.
Lake George Campground
This is a small campground that offers up some
of the best paved drive in camping views in
the Mammoth Lakes area. Over looking the lake
with crystal crag and the mammoth crest just
in front of you it is stunning here. It's also
cold at night and your going to get afternoon
winds coming off the mammoth crest.
The fishing just below the camping sites can
be very productive it times. When it's slow
work your way around to the big rock on the
back side of lake George for some hook ups.
There are boat rentals available at the lodge
that's sits right of the day use parking area.
Twin Lakes Campground
You get 3 different campgrounds all located
next to each other on the sides of twin lakes.
The City Campground offers up 10 sites that
are within 10-15 feet of the lakes. The back
loop offers up around 80 sites with many of
them right on the lake. The upper loop is not
on the lake but it's only a 2 min walk down
to the water This loop has about 30 site some
level some way off level. I think the clue in
the lakes basin is take extra gear to level
your campers and RVs.
These campgrounds have access to the twin lakes
store with boat rentals, limited food and supplies.
Just a 5 min walk down the road and you can
eat a 5 start meal at the tamarack lodge. Great
food and great times, they also rent boats out
of tamarack lodge.
The Sherwin's Campground
Located about 3 miles out of town on the Sherwin
ranch road, this campground is set in a great
high country forest setting. During mid June
its camping headquarters for the mammoth Moto
cross so be advised that it gets a bit noise
during that time. The rest of the camping season
is quite and peaceful in the is mostly flat
From your camp site you have easy access to
fishing, mtn biking, and some great hiking.
Your also 5 mines from the town of mammoth lakes
where you we be able to get food and supplies.
Convict Creek Camp Ground
This is one popular place to camp. With the
scenic beauty, the creek and the lake you can
not go wrong. Add in the Convict lake resort
and your have 5 start eating, food and supplies.
They also have a full marina with a launch ramp
for you private boat owners. We met a guy who
was camping here and went fishing on the creek
near the lake, the result was a 15 pound trout.
They have a picture of it at the convict creek
store. This campground is run by the USFS and
not the Convict Lake resort.
Browns Town Owens River
Access to some great fishing. If your looking
to camping the pines this is not the place for
as it's located on open land about 10 miles
form the forested areas like mammoth lakes.
Browns Town has a web site right here
Big Springs Camp Ground
Located 15 miles north of Mammoth this campground
is located right at the head water of the owners
river. This is almost dry camping with primitive
toilets and a couple water outlets on site.
You get a table and fire pit. and a semi level
Shady Rest in Mammoth Lakes and The Mammoth
Mountain RV Park both offer Dump Stations.
It costs around $5-10 to dump your full tanks.
Talk to the host at Shady Rest or the crew in
the Office at the RV park for more information.
In Bishop Browns Town Campground can take care
Offering up a bunch of campgrounds this
area is a great camping experience. Bring everything
you need since its a 25 minute drive back it
to mammoth lakes.
You can dump for free at the convict lake
dump station. If you have a large rig in
excess of 28 feet use the dump station at
the mammoth mountain rv park or at new shady
rest. 40 footers must us the mammoth
mountain rv park for dumping.
In Mammoth Lakes The RV Park and Chevron
can get you filled up fast. For large
rigs use the RV park as the propane pump at
chevron can not accommodate you easily.