Location: near Bridgeport, Ca.
Sites: 10 standard sites, 4 tent only sites
Nightly Fee: $24.00 standard sites
Amenities: Centrally located toilets, each site… picnic table, fire pit and bear box, drinking water spigots throughout campground
Topography: Mountainous, sits along Robinson Creek, nicely shaded by tall pines in many areas
Miles One-Way: 356
Directions: From So Cal area I-15 north US-395 north to Bridgeport, Ca. left on Twin Lakes Rd approximately 10 miles to Lower Twin Lakes Campground entrance on the left
Website: Lower Twin Lakes Campground
Here at another Twin Lakes Bridgeport, Ca. campground, most of the campsites are positioned very close to the Robinson Creek which makes it fairly simple to just grab your fishing gear and be in the water in seconds. A few minutes upstream from this scenic mountain lakes campground in California, is the spillway from Lower Twin Lake which provides some great fishing for Patty and I every year. Many of the trout in this area are quite large whether they’re coming over the spillway or upstream from where they may have been planted.
From the spillway at the edge of Lower Twin Lake to the bridge at the entrance to this memorable little campground, there are many great little holes to pull a bunch of tasty trout out of. Below the bridge and heading downstream towards Paha Campground provides one with another plentiful trout outing! Just make sure you take a camera because there is some scenery along the creek that is next to none!
Along the road through the campground can be found trail heads to Tamarack Lake and others for those who might desire a pretty healthy hike or two. Also for those of you who prefer not to make reservations, Crags Campground is just across the road from Lower Twin in case you arrive and need to wait for a day or two for something to open up!
Again, it’s a bit more economical to bring your firewood with you or just head down Twin Lakes Road to Annett’s Mono Village general store to purchase some bundles of firewood. Everything else there is going to cost ya’ a premium just as the general store at Twin Lakes Resort or the general store in Bridgeport. However, if you truly enjoy trout fishing California lakes, the boat rentals here are fairly reasonable and many of the trout are absolutely splendid!
As always when camping in this region, please remember to use the bear box and don’t leave anything out that attract the bears because they are frequently known to be coming through camp in the middle of the night. Once in a while we’ll also see coyotes so keep an eye on small dogs or pets.
Just as in Paha Campground, the deer are fairly docile here and will approach you if you’re eating a sandwich or something. The mama deer when accompanying their young will also charge small kids or pets if they feel threatened at all so never take your eyes off of them if they are close by.
This campground can be fairly addicting and each year draws us back for some most excellent fishing. If ya’ have any questions be sure and let me know or visit the website at Lower Twin Lakes Campground.
By R.C. Stude