Lakes are a big reason the Mammoth region is so appealing for anyone visiting this beautiful and naturally captivating area. Primarily formed by glaciers, these bodies of water provide an abundance of opportunities to relax, unwind, and enjoy various water-based and outdoor activities. There are five lakes inside the town of Mammoth Lakes itself and more than a hundred throughout the area. The mountain sports experts from ASO Mammoth, your top choice for mountain bike, snowboard, and ski rental in Mammoth, offer the following overview of some of the most common, popular, and easily accessible lakes.
Just three miles from Village Lodge, this is a group of lakes where visitors often go to fish after setting up camp at the nearby Twin Lakes Campgrounds. A popular point of interest is Twin Falls, which cascades 300 feet into the Upper Twin Lake below. Hiking trails are also easily accessible from these lakes.
The largest lake in the Mammoth Basin, this lake offers nearly a mile of inviting water. Another popular fishing spot, Lake Mary is equally appealing for boaters. Coldwater Creek is a favorite go-to spot at the upper end of this lake because it’s where you’ll find the John Muir Duck Lake Pass trailhead.
Surrounded by an assortment of small streams and lush meadows peppered with wildflowers, Lake George is the highest of the road-accessible lakes in the area. If you fish here, you’ll likely snag some rainbow trout. It’s also a perfect spot for kayaking and canoeing. Adjacent trails rest in glacial depressions. Camping sites are close by as well.
When you’re not fishing and boating here, you’ll find picnic areas to enjoy as you take in the view. While smaller and a bit more secluded, this lake is easily accessible from nearby Wildyrie Lodge. During the summer months, you’ll be able rent a boat, stock up on fishing essentials, and treat yourself to refreshing snacks at local shops.
If swimming is what you have in mind, this is the lake to visit, since it’s the only one where this activity is permitted. Just know the water is cold even on hot summer days, so consider bringing a wetsuit. Nearby hiking trails will take you past picturesque meadows and give you access to Devils Postpile National Monument, which features an unusual and impressive rock formation.
Check out the oldest rocks in the Sierra Nevada range when visiting this popular Mammoth lake. Flowing with gorgeous turquoise water, Convict Lake is flanked by naturally sculpted mountains. It’s also known for its abundance of trout, which are provided by nearby hatcheries. When you’re not fishing or boating here, there’s a nice adjacent picnic area you’re welcome to use.
Frequented by both water-skiers and anglers, Crowley Lake is a popular man-made lake in the Mammoth area. A vast fishing lake, it’s home to the Crowley Lake Fish Camp, which has a full-service marina. Opening day of fishing season here often attracts thousands of fishing enthusiasts.
Use this simple list to start planning your trip so you’ll have a great time at Mammoth Lakes. Whether you need last-minute mountain biking gear, top-notch ski repair, or high-quality Mammoth snowboard rental, ASO Mammoth is your one-stop shop for everything you need to have a great time at Mammoth during every season. Stop by on your way to the lakes or give us a call at 760-965-3444.