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Lee Vining

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Things to do: scenic drive, nature
Lee Vining is a census-designated place in Mono County, California, United States. It is located 21mi south-southeast of Bridgeport, at an elevation of 6781 feet . Lee Vining is located on the southwest shore of Mono Lake. The population was 222 as of the 2010 census, down from 250 reported as of 2000 by Mono County. At the previous census the town population was 398, and at the census before that it was 315.SituationThe economy of Lee Vining relies largely on tourism, since it is the closest town to the east entrance of Yosemite National Park, and is near other tourist destinations such as Mono Lake, the ghost town of Bodie, popular trout fishing destinations, and June Mountain and Mammoth Mountain ski areas and the June Lake recreational area. Tourism is mostly confined to the summer months, because State Route 120 through Yosemite is closed otherwise because of heavy snowfall, although year-round tourism has been increasing in recent years. Lee Vining has a year-round Information Center for visitors.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 5.2 square miles (13.5 km²), 99.95% of it land, and 0.05% of it water.ClimateThis region experiences warm and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6°F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Lee Vining has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.
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