Location: near Crowley Lake, Ca.
Sites: 108 RV sites, 25 tent only sites
Nightly Fee: $23.00
Amenities: Flush toilets, each site… picnic table, fire pit and bear box, drinking water
Topography: Mountainous, sits along Rock Creek, nicely shaded by tall pines in many areas
Miles One-Way: 291
Directions: From So Cal area I-15 north US-395 north to Rock Creek Rd west approximately 7 miles to East Fork Campground entrance on the left
Website: East Fork Campground on Rock Creek
We discovered this incredible gem of the Eastern Sierras around a decade ago while exploring for the best fishing in Bishop, Ca. With over 40 sites designated for first-come-first-serve and over 60 reservable sites this is one of the best of the Rock Creek Ca campgrounds to be found here along this beautiful stream.
This is the largest of several campgrounds that are situated along Rock Creek. Proceeding west up the road, you’ll find Rock Creek Lake with it’s own camping facilities and a lot of nice trout fishing. At the end of Rock Creek Rd., you’ll find the Little Lakes Trailhead with the Mono Pass Trail leading to Little Lakes Valley, Ruby Lake, Mono Creek and beyond!
When you turn off of US-395 onto Rock Creek Rd., you will notice Tom’s Place. As I mentioned before here you’ll find some pretty tasty dining, some nice little cabin style lodging and a great bait and tackle shop where you’ll find pretty much everything you’ll need to make your camping and fishing experience in this region most excellent.
One thing that should be mentioned here is that the campgrounds along this creek all experience frequent bear activity and you should come prepared to consistently use the bear boxes provided. This year bears were reported several times during the middle of the day throughout East Fork Campground while we were there. But unlike last year, we didn’t actually see one this year. Plenty of folks around did see a couple of them several times… we just happened to be out fishing every time they came through!
On the way up the road you may notice two campgrounds, Iris Meadows and Big Meadows. These are smaller campgrounds along Rock Creek and both are first-come, first-serve only. But you really need to drive through both of these just to see your options along this creek. They are both extraordinary and unique in their own ways! Our first trip to Rock Creek landed us in Big Meadows space 9 and will be etched on our hearts forever. Very few campsites have left as incredible memories as this one has.
One of the greatest things about Rock Creek, Ca. campgrounds is your accessibility to so many other great camping and fishing areas like the Mammoth Lakes area, just 35 minutes north, Owens Valley and Bishop Creek. Nearby you’ll find Crowley Lake and Convict Lake, both known for some incredible fishing.
You’re also only 30 minutes north of Bishop where you can stock up on some incredible bakery goods at Schat’s and then go across the street for some pretty decent barbecue at Holy Smokes BBQ. If you’re rolling through town in the morning and need a little breakfast, be sure and stop in at Jack’s and then go next door and talk to the guys at Mac’s Sporting Goods to get the latest news on what the trout are biting on where you’re going to be fishing!
For more information please visit the website at East Fork Campground.
By R.C. Stude