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Convict Lake, Mammoth Lakes
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Convict Lake is a lake in the Sherwin Range of the Sierra Nevada in California, USA. It is known for its fishing and the dramatic mountains (including Mount Morrison) that surround the lake. Its surface lies at an elevation of 7850ft.The lake was named after an incident on September 23, 1871, where a group of convicts escaped from prison in Carson City. A posse, from Benton, led by Deputy Sheriff George Hightower, encountered the convicts near the head of what is now Convict Creek. Posse member Robert Morrison, a Benton merchant and Wells Fargo Agent, was killed in the encounter, and Mount Morrison was named after him. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.RecreationConvict Lake is known for its fishing, including Rainbow trout, German brown trout, and a species of sucker fish. Due to the high demand of fishing in the lake and stream, the lake is stocked once a week during the summer with rainbow trout, supplied by nearby hatcheries. There is a three-mile trail for hiking around the lake and a trail that connects the lake to the Sierra Crest.
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  • A short drive from mammoth lakes is convict lake - it is beautiful and peaceful. A nice place for a picnic. The only reason i am not giving it 5 stars is that some of the locations close to the lake c...  more »
  • convict lake got its name from an incident in 1871, when inmates from a Nevada prison escaped here and battled their way out with a shoot out. today visitors escape here for fishing, horse back riding...  more »
  • Nice easy walk around the most of the lake. Not so scenic and colorful like I have seen in pictures. It might have been during the time of year we went. But was a little disappointed.