Convict Lake

Convict Lake located in Mono County got its name after an incident in 1871, where a group of convicts escaped from prison in Carson City, Nevada. A posse, led by Sheriff Robert Morrison, encountered the convicts near the head of what is now Convict Creek. Morrison was killed in the encounter, and Mount Morrison was named after him. Convict Lake, elevation 7,850 feet, is known for its fishing and the dramatic mountains (including Mount Morrison) that surround the lake.

Today visitors escape to Convict Lake for fishing, hiking, horseback riding, camping, and to enjoy fine dining at the Convict Lake Restaurant. Campgrounds, cabin rentals, a boat launch, and general store are located adjacent to the lake. The Inyo National Forest Convict Lake Campground is just across the road from the Convict Lake Resort with 88 sites.

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Latitude: 37.5889349 Longitude: -118.860054 Elevation: 7581 ft

Recreational Opportunities

The simplest thing to do is to take the three-mile hike around the rim of Convict Lake, but fishing is probably the most popular thing to do. Convict Lake is stocked weekly with rainbow trout, and nearby Convict Lake Resort offers fishing classes and guided fishing trips, along with horseback riding and boat rentals.

Fishing derbies are held throughout the season at Convict Lake - try your luck at catching a monster trout from a boat, float tube or from the shore. Ride by horseback on a guided trail ride or poke around for 500-year old fossils in the metamorphic rock formations.  Autumn is the perfect time to visit Convict Lake, with brilliant fall colors and excellent fishing. 

Seasons Accessible

Year round


A fine introduction to one of my favorite 'photogenic' lakes, and aptly portrayed in your photography. Cheers, Ray

Ray Anderson, 5/31/2012

What was the name of Convict Lake before they switch the name something Diablo? I was watching the the movie on the western station here in Yuma Arizona. And I used to be a camp host up there at Convict Lake what was the name of the lake before they switched it and changed it to Convict Lake after the convicts lost their life in a lake? What was the previous name of the lake? Jeffrey, 3/13/2019

Deadman Pass was named for Morrison the Sheriff leading the posse going after the convicts.

Naviguesser , 8/2/2019

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