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About Lake Mary Campground

Lake Mary is the star of the Mammoth Lakes region. Of the 11 lakes in the area, Mary is the largest and most developed. Lake Mary Campground is a large facility with plenty of amenities in and around it. The lake provides a great base for activities like fishing, viewing waterfalls, hiking and backpacking.

Recreation

Lake Mary receives the highest number of trout stocks in the Mammoth Lakes Basin, and is well-known to anglers for its rainbow, brook and brown trout fishing. No swimming or wading is allowed in the lake.

Though no hiking trails begin in the campground, several interesting trails offer a variety of hikes nearby, including day hiking and backpacking trails into the rustic John Muir Wilderness.

Facilities

The campground straddles the road at the northwest end of Lake Mary, and offers four loops of closely-spaced campsites. The campground is within walking distance of the lake, and some sites have a view of the water.

Natural Features

The campground lies among lodgepole pine trees at an elevation of 8,900 feet. Some campsites have views of the breathtaking scenery surrounding the campground, including Lake Mary and some of the 9,000 and 10,000' peaks in the John Muir Wilderness.

The Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains are abundant with wildlife, including black bear, mountain lions, mule deer, pine marten, pika and many species of fish and birds.

Nearby Attractions

Mammoth Lakes Basin contains several additional popular lakes to explore for fishing and boating.

Visitors can also access the magnificent John Muir Wilderness nearby, which stretches 100 miles along the crest of the Sierra Nevadas, a land of lofty snow-capped mountains, deep canyons and vast expanses of glacially-carved terrain. Hiking and horseback riding trails are abundant.

ADA Access: N

Sites
48
Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
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Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Lake Mary Campground is located in California
Latitude
37.6069 N
Longitude
-119.0075 W
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Directions
Take U.S. 395 to Mammoth Junction and Highway 203. Turn west on Highway 203 and drive through the town of Mammoth Lakes to the junction of Minaret Road/Highway 203 and Lake Mary Road. Continue straight through the intersection and drive 3.6 miles to Lake Mary Loop Drive. Turn right and drive 0.5 miles to the campground entrance.
5 Reviews of Lake Mary Campground
Nice amenities - try to get a spot overlooking Lake Mary

Beautiful area. Beautiful view. Nice restrooms. Good fishing and hiking in the area!

lovely even in the smoke

Lake Mary is a very nice campground. Large open sites with pines surrounding you. Some have tremendous views of the lake or even the mountains. Our site was directly next to the bathrooms, which we were initially worried about but it wasn't an issue for smell or noise and quite nice at 3 in the morning. There is a very nice divided paved path that meanders thru the campground. We saw lots of bikers, walkers and runners pass by. The lake has a plethora of activity options and we would have enjoyed them if we'd had the time. We were simply there to acclimate for our trip on the JMT. The trolley system in Mammoth is extensive and extremely useful, not to mention, free. Learn about it and use it. For those looking to hike/backpack Duck Pass Trail/The JMT this site isn't the closest campground but with all others full it worked out well. It was a couple miles to the trailhead but when you're walking for days whats a few more miles.

Renogy Review at Lake Mary

Ranger Review: Renogy Solar Backpack at Lake Mary …… Campground review Lake Mary is Located in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains roughly 2.5 miles south south-west from the village of mammoth lakes. The campground itself is very large with plenty of Amenities Including 2 small stores / Marinas pokonobè and Lake Mary. Both locations offer simple amenities and treats as well as fishing supplies and bait. Also available at both locations are kayak, paddle board, fishing and pontoon boat rentals by the hour or full day. We payed 15.00 to launch our own boat at the pokonobè marina marina and beached it next to a tree closer to where we were staying. This is very active bear country. We personally had a bear this trip with her two baby cubs rip the fish off the stringer connected to our boat as we unloaded our gear. So be cautious! The campground itself straddles the road with several loops, some offering access to the lake. All campsites included a fire ring, bear box and picnic tables. Restrooms, water and trash receptacles are located in each area throughout the campground. There is a wonderful bike path winds its way through the lodgepole pines up and around lake Mary, all the way up to horseshoe lake or down to the twin lakes basin all with breathtaking views along the path. There’s even a free trolly that runs during the summer that you can ride around the lake basins or all the way into the village or town of mammoth for some extra fun! The fishing at lake Mary is fantastic! Rainbow, brook and brown trout are stocked regularly attracting anglers of all ages. No Swimming is permitted in the lake. There are several hiking trails in the area offering a wide range and variety of terrain and fun for all ages. I would highly recommend this campground to anyone looking to explore the mammoth lakes area and beyond! …………

Product review- Renogy Multi-functional Solar Backpack

As a Ranger for the Dyrt.com sometimes I get to test amazing products. During our trip to lake Mary I had the opportunity to test out theRenogy Solar Backpack. Upon receiving the backpack my initial reaction was “wow” this thing is great! The pack itself is made of cationic dyed polyester and has several compartments and storage throughout, with a 20L capacity for a whooping 2.2lbs.

The panel itself is secured by a double layer Anti-theft zipper that is designed to protect your belongings. The double layer zipper also enables you to flip the panel making it reversible and protected while traveling (PRO). I tried charging various items such as cellphones, power banks, tablets and even my daughters little R/C car with success.. The recommendations from the company suggest using the panel to charge a power bank then use the bank to charge your devices. My phone died mid day so I hooked it up but panel would not charge a dead cell phone in direct sunlight even after 2 hours (CON). The pack itself is very comfortable to wear, having very papped shoulder pads with adjustable straps(PRO). The fact that the panel is detachable from the backpack is amazing and makes it super convenient to take backpacking or even on the road in the car(PRO). I do wish it had some kind of loop or hook attachments to use for the panel itself when not attached to the backpack. It would’ve been super convenient to hang it on a tree or even a tent pole in direct sun without the fear of it blowing away or falling off (CON)

Overall a truly wonderful product and campground! The Renogy Multi-function Backpack has moved its way up to the top of my packing list for all of our Adventures to come!

Wonderful Family Sierra camping

Lake Mary is Located in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains roughly 2.5 miles south south-west from the village of mammoth lakes. The campground itself is very large with plenty of Amenities Including 2 small stores / Marinas pokonobè and Lake Mary. Both locations offer simple amenities and treats as well as fishing supplies and bait. Also available at both locations are kayak, paddle board, fishing and pontoon boat rentals by the hour or full day. We payed 15.00 to launch our own boat at the pokonobè marina marina and beached it next to a tree closer to where we were staying. This is very active bear country. We personally had a bear this trip with her two baby cubs rip the fish off the stringer connected to our boat as we unloaded our gear. So be cautious! The campground itself straddles the road with several loops, some offering access to the lake. All campsites included a fire ring, bear box and picnic tables. Restrooms, water and trash receptacles are located in each area throughout the campground. There is a wonderful bike path winds its way through the lodgepole pines up and around lake Mary, all the way up to horseshoe lake or down to the twin lakes basin all with breathtaking views along the path. There’s even a free trolly that runs during the summer that you can ride around the lake basins or all the way into the village or town of mammoth for some extra fun! The fishing at lake Mary is fantastic! Rainbow, brook and brown trout are stocked regularly attracting anglers of all ages. No Swimming is permitted in the lake. There are several hiking trails in the area offering a wide range and variety of terrain and fun for all ages. I would highly recommend this campground to anyone looking to explore the mammoth lakes area and beyond!

First to Review
it's worth the wait

can't beat the lakeside view of Duck Pass, Crystal Crag, and the Mammoth Crest at this zone. they stock the lake once a week during summer, dfg and Oregon stockers. get out on the shore and catch some monsters or troll on a boat from Pokonobe Marina