Convict Lake

  • Rugged peaks and Laurel Mountain rising almost 5,000 feet above Convict Lake create a stunning alpine backdrop. Named for the historic 1871 shootout that took place on its shores, the lake is now a top recreation destination. Rainbow and brown trout thrive, luring fisherman to the water, and an easy hiking trail circles the lake, providing access to a variety of beaches and to the Convict Canyon trail that heads into the John Muir Wilderness. There's overnight parking and a public campground nearby, a day-use picnic area and a marina with boat rentals and launching. Convict Lake Resort has a store, restaurant and cabins.

  • Rugged peaks and Laurel Mountain rising almost 5,000 feet above Convict Lake create a stunning alpine backdrop. Named for the historic 1871 shootout that took place on its shores, the lake is now a top recreation destination. Rainbow and brown trout thrive, luring fisherman to the water, and an easy hiking trail circles the lake, providing access to a variety of beaches and to the Convict Canyon trail that heads into the John Muir Wilderness. There's overnight parking and a public campground nearby, a day-use picnic area and a marina with boat rentals and launching. Convict Lake Resort has a store, restaurant and cabins.

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  • 05/24/2017: Thanks to the drought busting winter of 2017, trails above 7500 ft are still covered in snow. Please check back for updates.

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Fishing at Convict Lake N/A Sand Less than 4 hours
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