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Mono Lake, Mammoth Lakes: 5 reviews and 5 photos

  Mono Lake
by chewy3326

Mono Lake, a saline Great Basin lake of some unbelievable beauty, is only about a 50 minute drive from Mammoth Lakes. It is undoubtedly a highlight for anyone visiting the US 395/Eastern Sierra region. Some of the more famous spots around the lake include the Mono Basin Visitor Center, the Old Marina, and the South Tufa Reserve- we did not visit the South Tufa Reserve (sadly). South of the lake are the Mono Craters, a chain of cinder cones, the youngest of which is Panum crater. In the lake itself are Panum and Negit Islands. Mono Lake was threatened throughout the 20th century by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which diverted streams flowing into the lake to provide water for LA. Water levels dropped until David Gaines led a successful court battle against the LADWP, saving the beautiful lake you see today.

Directions: East of Yosemite National Park off US 395, north of Mammoth
Phone: 760 647 6595
Website: http://www.monolake.org

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 22, 2006
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