Why Should I Read This?
This tutorial saves you time and makes life easier by providing up to date access and road information to guests planning to visit the area in the next several months. Guests who are “in the know” get their info through this comprehensive feature. It contains digital links in one central location to authoritative agencies and locals who monitor and manage local travel and recreation features.
What’s Going on with Roads & Access in the Eastern Sierra?
Severe winter weather not only impacted most of California this past winter, it also affected Eastern Sierra wildlands access, roads, and recreation sites. All areas were affected in some way or form. Many roads – paved, graded, and four wheel drive were damaged or washed out.
Recreation features were also affected. Mountain snow levels peaked at three times above normal and will limit high elevation foot access until well into summer. There are also possibilities of localized flooding depending on how quickly the snow melts this summer. High elevation campgrounds may be opening later than usual due to heavy snow.
Most Owens Valley campgrounds are open: however please check with local campgrounds to determine adjacent creek conditions (where applicable) before you arrive.
Inyo County, Cal Trans, and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power have been working feverishly to remove snow, maintain and repair access to mountain resorts and trails up the mountain canyons as well as within the Owens Valley itself. The volume of work is tremendous: they are making good progress, and access is slowly opening up on a day-by-day basis.
The situation is dynamic and as areas become accessible, we ask inquisitive guests to use this tutorial to determine what recreation features become accessible in the coming months.
Where Can I Get Agency Intel on Local Road Conditions?
- California Road Conditions:
- Nevada Road Conditions
- Inyo County Road Conditions:
- Mono County Road Conditions:
- Death Valley National Park:
- Yosemite National Park:
- Inyo National Forest Service Road Conditions:
Where Can I Get Knowledgeable Intel on Area Recreation Features?
- Inyo National Forest:
- Bureau of Land Management (Bishop Field Office):
- Inyo County Parks & Recreation Campgrounds
- Inyo County Tourism
- CDFW Fish Stocking Information:
- Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power Eastern Sierra Update:
- Owens River Water Flow:
- Eastern Sierra Visitor Center – Lone Pine:
- Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce:
- Bishop Chamber of Commerce & Information Center
- Mono County Tourism (Updates on County Recreation Features)
- Lake Sabrina Boat Landing (Updates on Bishop Creek Canyon – Middle Fork)
- Parcher’s Resort (Updates on Bishop Creek Canyon – South Fork)
- Sierra Bright Dot Fly Fishing & Owens River Reports
- Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Fishing & Owens River Reports
- Crowley Lake Fish Camp (Updates on Crowley Lake)
- Tom’s Place Resort (Updates on Rock Creek Canyon Access)
- Convict Lake Resort (Updates on Convict Lake Access)
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