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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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  • August 14, 2017
    We have been to Convict Lake numerous times This time we returned, did a bit of fishing, and enjoyed the views. There is a nice shoreline walk. One can also rent boats. There is also a very good resta...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    If you are anywhere near Convict Lake, plan to spend a day. There are numerous outdoor activities and one of the best restaurants in the Eastern Sierras. We always enjoy hiking around the lake, howeve...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    A very beautiful Lake, approximately 15 minutes from Mammoth Lakes. Ideal to walk a little in peace.
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