One of the oldest lakes in the western hemisphere, Mono Lake is hauntingly beautiful, reflecting the snow-capped Sierra Nevada in its shimmering blue waters. An immense inland sea, the lake fills a natural basin, 695 square miles in size. Fishing, swimming, and hiking available.

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Expert Review of Mono Lake

Parks and Outdoors Review of Mono Lake

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Scenic Drives
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • To see the birds up close, sign up for a canoe tour of Mono Lake with the Mono Lake Committee Visitor Center in downtown Lee Vining.
  • To learn about the multitudes of bird species that visit Mono Lake, stop in at the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center (760-647-3044), two miles north of downtown Lee Vining on U.S. 395.
  • Eighty-five percent of the gulls who live on the California coast are born at Mono Lake.

13 miles east of Yosemite National Park
Highway 395
Lee Vining, California

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: (760) 647-6595
Fax: (760) 647-6377
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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