West of Mammoth Lakes, the middle fork of the San Joaquin River is a very popular area for fly fishing. In other words, if you plan to go, make sure you get there early to stake out a spot. If you arrive after the cutoff time, you will have to take the shuttle bus down into the valley. It is a designated wild trout river and is known for its brown trout, golden trout, rainbow trout and brookies.

The river is accessed from Mammoth Lakes via Minaret Road (aka SR203). The most popular section is the two mile stretch around the three National Forest campgrounds.


Local Contact(s):  INF (619) 373-2400; California Tourism (916) 444-4429; Mammoth Central Reservations (888) GOMAMMOTH; Footloose Sports (760) 934-2400; Mammoth Mountain Sports (760) 934-3239.

Recommended Book:  "Fly Fishing Sierra Nevadas" from Bill Sunderland

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Base Camp:  NFS Upper Soda CG; Sierra Nevada Inn (760) 934-2515; Holiday Haus (760) 934-2414; Alpenhof (760) 934-8558; Mamouth Mountain Inn (800) 228-4947

Luxury Loding:  Juniper Springs Lodge (800) 626-6684; Austria Hof (760) 934-2764; Rock Creek Lodge (619) 935-4170; Tamarack Lodge (800) 237-6879

Breakfast Restaurant:  Good Life Cafe; Schats Bakery; Loony Bean

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