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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, United States. 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.
Convict 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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  • One of the most picturesque spots in the eastern Sierra. Surrounded by mountain peaks on 3 sides, and used for fishing, camping, fine dining and general hiking and enjoyment, this is a must-see, if yo...  more »
  • Trout season has not started yet so it's not real hectic right now . The lake and surrounding mountains are as beautiful as anything on earth , this place is majestic !  more »
  • We went for our Anniversary and had the best time! We ate dinner at the restaurant every night we were there. It was absolutely 5 star food with 5 star service. Steve, our bartender and server was ama...  more »
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  • Great place for family fishing. Shore fishing is supreme. If you come early, you can park and walk to premium spots. Walking around the lake will reward you to bigger trout near the mouth of the lake. We come here every year, and it never disappoints us.
  • Great fishing in a beautiful lake. Easy loop around the lake with tons of trail drop downs to fish around the lake. The hike is a great morning walk also.
  • Incredibly beautiful lake. Best time is when the Aspen leaves are falling all around you as you traverse the raised wooden walking path over rushing water at the back of the lake.
  • Beautiful lake with jaw dropping mountain views! The lake is currently completely frozen over and is such a incredible sight! With parking right by the lake, it’s one of my favorites as far as accessibility!
  • Had a blast here. Made so many good memories here that will last a lifetime.
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