"Mono Lake, a recovering endangered ecosystem!" Top 5 Page for this destination Lee Vining by JLBG

Lee Vining Travel Guide: 113 reviews and 296 photos

In Mono County, Lee Vining is a 400 inhabitants town on the southwest shores of Mono Lake, at an elevation of 2067 meters (6781 feet).
It is close to the eastern entrance into Yosemite National Park, to the ghost town of Bodie. We did not visit the town itself but Mono Lake.

Mono lake is a green oasis in the dry Great Basin which makes it a unique ecosystem. This gives it a great importance as a birds’ heaven. It is about 7.5 km x 7.5 km.

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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2009 at 11:20 PM

    Great chemical-geological description of Mono Lake :-)) Good that it is recovering now - I hope it stays that way!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Lovely page Jean Louis! We are heading this way in Aug, cannot wait. Wonderful tips, it sure helps future travels like myself! Have a lovely day!

  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    Jean-Louis, Not too sure of the alls well that ends well. I need water in LA to keep from dehydrating other wise my species may be endangered.

  • Mar 23, 2009 at 6:32 AM

    Beautiful lake and i think that u took the picture at the evening. Also intersting history of the lake.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2009 at 5:14 AM

    Thanks for this overview of the lake's history! It is nice to hear that it now looks like it has a fighting chance for survival. I think I'd rather picnic there in August!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2009 at 12:55 AM

    Glad to hear that Negit Island is now an island again, and that Mono Lake is now getting some of its water back. Thanks for explaining the Tufa towers.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Wonderful lake and surrounding landscapes with tufa towers. The Greater Sage-grouse didn't pay any attention on you, haha! Thanks Jean-Louis for the virtual tour!

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