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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.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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  • Great place to stay or camp especially in the fall when the aspens change color. Days in October are pleasant at 65-75 degrees but it gets very cold st night in the 20’s. Very busy in summer with fish...  more »
  • Its just a few (4 or so) miles south of the 395 exit for Mammoth Lakes. Drive up into the mountains a couple of miles and there it is. Beautiful setting for viewing, fishing, a picnic or camping. Wort...  more »
  • Very quick and easy to reach by car from Mammoth Lakes. Very nice and impressive. Amazing colors. Recommended.
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