Camping and Fishing CaliforniaHints, Tips and Information to Get You Started on This Great Adventure
8-13-16 Paha Campground
Location: near Bridgeport, Ca.
Sites: 20 standard sites, 1 yurt
Nightly Fee: $23.00 standard sites, yurt price is 2 night min $100 with addtional nights $45 (7 night Special $250)
Amenities: Centrally located toilets, each site… picnic table, fire pit and bear box, drinking water
Topography: Mountainous, sits along Robinson Creek, nicely shaded by tall pines in many areas
Miles One-Way: 355
Directions: From So Cal area I-15 north US-395 north to Bridgeport, Ca. left on Twin Lakes Rd approximately 9 miles to Paha Campground entrance on the left
Website: Paha Campground on Robinson Creek
Probably our second most favorite campgrounds in the eastern Sierras out of all of them that we try to visit every year is found here hidden behind the hills of the infamous Hunewill Ranch. Several of the campsites in Paha Campground are directly on the creek where there are always plenty of trout waiting for you. If you need some great trout fishing streams tips, the annually returning fisherman, Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport and the folks at Mono Village’s Boat and Bait Shop are all happy to help ya’ out and get ya’ squared away!
This campground is where Patty always begins her annual crusade to land the biggest and the baddest “lurkers and torpedoes”. This year was a wee bit tougher due to California Fish and Game still cutting us way back to 40% of normal stream stocking. But she prevailed and daily made all the seasoned fisherman on the creek stand up and take notice! By the time we moved on down the road her name was rolling off many a tongue around the nightly campfires.
Paha is limited to only 20 sites or so and it does get plenty of attention during the summer months due to it being some of the best of Bridgeport camping in California. But it is well worth the effort if you can land a reservation. Throughout this campground there are several water spigots for the campers needs. The restrooms are located in the middle of the campground and the campground hosts usually do a pretty good job of keeping them maintained.
The campground hosts also sell firewood but down the road a spell you’ll find Mono Village where you can get firewood at the general store for a much better price. There at Annett’s Mono Village you’ll find a dumpsite ($10) laundry facilities, showers, boat rentals, propane, gasoline and a pretty great little bait shop. For more info on Annett’s Mono Village click here to view an article I wrote a year or two ago.
One of the things that always impresses me is the friendliness of everyone at Mono Village. Patty and I always go down there to dump, get propane, get gas, get bait and just hang out! If you need an alternative campground, you can always find a space there at Mono Village. Hook ups are also available as well as some camping by the stream.
One unusual occurrence this year was a really cool couple from the California coast that decided to get married on the stream while we were there. Allen and Stacy wanted to be extremely unique and Patty and I were invited to this extraordinary wedding. A pastor from the neighboring community of Walker, Ca. officiated the wedding and a couple hours later most of us were back to fishin’! Congrats again to Allen and Stacy!!!
If you require internet occasionally, you can sometimes find it at the general store at Twin Lakes Resort just a mile or so past the entrance to Paha Campground. They also have a laundry facility with showers right next door. If you like to have your fresh trout smoked, visit the guys at the boat house across the street from the resort and they’ll take great care of ya’… they do an awesome job of smoking trout, awesome!
Paha Campground has been a source of great joy for us both for many years now. If you can carve out a week or so, you definitely have to check this little campground out. For more information please visit Paha Campground on the Robinson.
By R.C. Stude