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Convict Lake, Mammoth Lakes

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
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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  • Go early to shoot here. Most were set up in the dark for a fall shoot. It is always beautiful, but has gotten more and more crowded over the years. Continue down the path and park yourself right at th...  read more »
  • Nice Lake with a marina (tiny one the name port actually not wearing) is not very common. More beautiful lakes nearby.
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  • It's hard to put into words about our first visit to Convict Lake. It was amazing, beautiful and colorful. The fall colors made the hike around the lake a wonderful experience. This is a must see for ...  read more »
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