Great spot with great views, but it is a little exposed and right off the hwy. Toilet and bear boxes available. If the weather is good, this is an excellent campground!
A small lake-side campground in Inyo National Forest, just outside Yosemite National Park’s Eastern entrance. First come, first served with so few sites (9-11) that you would think you’re staying at the lake alone! Overlooks Tioga Lake and Mt. Dana, at an elevation of 9,800 ft., so be acclimated. Only drawback is it’s close proximity to the road, but we barely noticed.
The campground has several sites right on the beautiful Lake Tioga. There are vault toilets that were cleaned daily. Normally I do not like campgrounds without flushing toilets because I find the vault toilets are usually dirty but not here. The view is simply amazing. We spent the entire day fishing and only had to make a short walk back to the campsite to use the restroom or make a sandwich to bring back to the lake. It seems as though many people used the campground as a place to stop for the night before continuing on the next morning. As a result it was easy to get a spot during the day but starting around 5 pm the campground started to fill up again. If you’re able to arrive in the last morning or early afternoon you should be able to find a spot. I will definitely be back!
This is the first campground coming out of Yosemite into the Inyo National Forest to the north/east. It’s small, only a dozen or so sites, but it sits next to spectacular snow melt lakes. The sites were a bit weedy and some were more overgrown than others, but all seemed to have the usual amenities of bear locker, picnic table and fire pit. You can buy firewood from the camp host. Pit toilets and a shared water pump that is shut off except June-October (tho the sign said closing in September). I was told the fishing was good, and if they weren’t biting try a different lake (I don’t fish, so I can’t say if the neighboring camper was feeding me a line or not). This is a good option if all of the campgrounds in Sequoia/Kings Canyon are full. About that bear locker- USE IT! If the rangers happen to patrol thru you will be fined for not properly storing your food and smellies. While visiting with a ranger I was told about a few instances in various campgrounds near the Sierras of bears opening cars and trashing them because food was kept in the car instead of the bear locker. On a lighter note, it was really cool for this midwest girl to see snow drifts in June.