Backed by the jagged spires of the Sawtooth Range, Bridgeport is the center of a vast recreational playground – the gateway to numerous Sierra Nevada canyons, peaks, lakes, streams, and hot springs.
Twin Lakes and Bridgeport Reservoir hum with activity all summer including fishing, boating, camping, hiking and rock climbing. Twin Lakes also produces state records for catching the most brown trout. Nearby Robinson and Buckeye creeks are popular for fly fishing, and to the south Green Creek is a more remote destination for camping, fishing, and hiking. Here too are the headwaters for the East Walker River, which flows through the valley to Bridgeport Reservoir northeast of the town. The reservoir and nearby river are popular destinations for fishing and bird watching.
Virginia Lakes located down the road from Bridgeport near Conway Summit boasts access to eight pristine mountain lakes that beckon trout anglers. Cabin rentals, boat rentals and a cafe round-out the vacation experience. Situated beneath Dunderberg Peak, Virgina Lakes is also the gateway to rugged hiking trails in the Hoover Wilderness.
Home to California's second oldest courthouse in continuous use since 1880, Bridgeport serves as the seat of Mono County. The Bridgeport Courthouse, a masterpiece of Victorian architecture, along with the Bridgeport Inn, has dominated the town of Bridgeport since its completion on April 1, 1881, and remains today as one of the few structures that reveal what was once the New England appearance of old Bridgeport. History buffs will enjoy exploring the Mono County Museum, featuring displays on the region's Native American, mining, and ranching heritage.
Best of all, this natural playground is matched with a complete range of amenities. You'll find everything from creek-side cabins and historic bed and breakfasts, to campgrounds under the stars. Fine restaurants, cafes, and quaint shops are found throughout the area, and outfitters can provide gear for your next exploration.
The Bridgeport Visitor Center & Ranger Station (760-932-7070) is located on Highway 395 just south of the historic town of Bridgeport, California. Open year-round to assist travelers, campers, sightseers and backpackers, as well as to issue permits, the Visitor Center & Ranger Station carries numerous books on the region, maps, and guides.