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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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  • It was windy and sunny when we stopped here. Not far from the highway and a real gem. Wish we had time to walk around the lake. Looks like a beautiful hiking and picnic area with lots of parking. Lake...  more »
  • We stopped at Convict Lake on our way home. It's easy to get to, and there's lots of free parking. The walk is an easy 2 miles around the lake. The lake view is beautiful, the water is crystal clear, ...  more »
  • Convict lake is easy to get to. It was super windy on the day we visited. I noticed wonderful paved walking paths that would be excellent for families or elderly.