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Mono Country Visitors Guide

We have several guides to help plan your trip to Mono County and the Eastern Sierra.

Convict Lake

Situated at the base of Mount Morrison, the deep blue waters of Convict Lake invite you to enjoy a liesurely picnic or stroll along the lakeside trail.  The epitome of peacefulness today, Convict Lake got its name from an incident that was nothing but peaceful.  In 1871, six inmates from a Nevada prison escaped here, and eventually battled their way out with a shootout, ultimately giving Convict Lake its name.  Today visitors escape to Convict Lake for fishing, horseback riding, hiking, camping and to enjoy fine dining at the Convict Lake Restaurant

Convict Lake Activities
Fishing derbies are held throughout the season at Convict Lake - try your luck at catching a monster trout from a boat, float tube or from the shore.  Ride by horseback on a guided trail ride or poke around for 500-year old fossils in the metamorphic rock formations.  Autumn is the perfect time to visit Convict Lake, with brilliant fall colors and excellent fishing. 

Campgrounds, cabin rentals, a boat launch, and general store are located adjacent to the lake.