Welcome to Mono Lake!

Welcome to Mono Lake! You can use this site to take a self-guided tour of Mono Lake, find directions to popular locations around the lake, and find a list of other resources to help plan your visit. If you have any questions, please call our office at 760-647-6595.

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South Tufa Self-Guided Tour

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Welcome to the Mono Basin—a gorgeous, otherworldly landscape with huge, sweeping views of the high desert all around and the magnificent Sierra Nevada above. Mono Lake, this expansive terminal lake which defines this basin, is special for many reasons, including its hemispherically-important ecology, complex water history and management, and also as a place where people are doing their best to right the wrongs of the past. Continue reading South Tufa Self-Guided Tour

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Richard Gibbs Richard Gibbs from Oak Park, IL wrote on July 28, 2021 at 1:00 pm:
Love the Eastern Sierra. Love Lee Vining and Mono Lake.
Thank you Mono Lake Committee for all your good work, and thanks for providing good, free WiFi.
Adam John Kiseloff Adam John Kiseloff from Los Banos, California wrote on July 22, 2021 at 12:02 pm:
Born and Raised in the Central Valley California Los Banos 93635, youngest of three to a single mother, I never even heard of Mono Lake let alone visit. I drove over Tioga Pass at night while Hector slept until well after Sunrise over Mono Lake. The aroma of sagebrush and birdshit was the first memorable experience after filling up the gas tank Tioga Pass Gas Station south of downtown. There was no cellular reception in Lee Vining until atop the Mono Lookout North of the Lake until 9am the next morning, so I was unable to access the internet to learn about Mono Lake, independently.

As my passanger slept, I drove 395 up and down a few times. Upon taking the Mono Lake access road, finding out the hard way about the speed gaps in the road. While resting @1am on the shoulder between Mono Lake Park and 395, I began to experience the overwhelming bugs and mayflies attracted to the Iphone screen and my nostrals, eyes, and mouth. Once wuickly learns the folly of mouth-breathing.

When driving back to town passed the Mono Lake Inn and then the Tioga Lodge, I heard and felt the cool water of the Post Office Creek pouring over a cement waterfall and Geo-marker, but did not yet stop.

I chose a passing turnout with a lake view near the roadway railing and took down the top to the Mustang Convertable to witness a Vivid SKY bright with th MILKY WAY in all directions, many shooting stars which changed directions towards volcano cones, and planets so bright they seem to be flickering.

I was only scared away by falling rocks from acrois the street which sounded like we were being hunted my a very large predator; Bear, Cougar, or BigFoot.

So i drove into town as we did not have a hard top vehicle. Cheveron is very well lit, and the shell gas pump has loud voices from the commercial advertise it plays all night long, which made me feel more safe. But still no cellular service to make even a single call nor any open wifi at @2:30am.

I only meet one person in Lee Vining which was the hesitant aging male owner of the Lake View Lodge asking if I can buy the wifi password for $20., then was gven the incorrect password of 'lakeviewlodge.'

So, Hector still sleeping, I parked infront of the MONO MARKET, and started filming Tiktok for others to feel the hopelessness of the situation. I ate some Mango Chimoy and gained some courage to go park at the Post Office Creek Waterfall Marker next to Lake Mono, to film at Sunrise.

I filming twilight, the Post Office Creek on both sides of 395, and the sunrise over both.

We left Mono Lake without going back into Lee Vining.

I am lucky to have seen Mono Lake and Post Office Creek before the Earthquakes swallow everything up, forever.
KateJackson KateJackson from Ashland wrote on August 28, 2019 at 11:16 am:
So glad to be back. Usually come every year and explore the Mono and Yosemite park trails. Missed 2017 for the total solar eclipse and last year due to forest fires and smoke all around California and Oregon.
Keep up the educational, research, and legal efforts !
Ellen Grant Ellen Grant from Sebastopol wrote on August 21, 2019 at 1:53 pm:
Just finished kayaking Mono Lake with Caldera Kayaks. Wonderful trip; cool though mid August, not a breath of wind, crystal air quality. Many Ospreys on nests. Was not visiting on a weekend so unable to canoe with MLC. Hope to do so next year. Mono Lake such a magical place. THANK YOU MLC and David Gaines for battling to save it. Environmentalists are the true warriors of this country. Fighting to protect our land which is our flag for all.
Jess Morton Jess Morton from San Pedro wrote on July 17, 2019 at 7:42 pm:
Mono Lake has had a significant role in my life for sixty years. I was stunned by the unexpected sight of it on my first day in California as I drove south on 395. It still gets me each time I visit .There is always a new aspect to it, something new to learn, and yet another way to look at the lake and its setting.

MLC, too, has played its part in my appreciation for the lake and its ecological significance. My local Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon formed in 1978, as did MLC, and I can remember inviting Dave Gaines to be one of our first speakers to talk about the lake and what it would take to preserve its natural values. We were an early MLC supporter, as were the other Audubon chapters in the Los Angeles area.

I’ve been to the lake many times since, of course, but the last few years have been extra special. The birding field seminars have been a great draw. Extra special though, have been the guided field trips led by Nora Livingston, the very first of which my friend Evi Meyer and I had the honor of booking. Each time we have a chance to go out with Nora, we jump at it. And each time, she is well on her way to mastering the intricacies of some new field of natural history. I’m looking forward to our visit in August. What surprises are in store?
Evi Meyer Evi Meyer from Palos Verdes Estates wrote on June 11, 2019 at 7:08 pm:
I live in the Los Angeles area and try to escape every summer to head up to the Eastern Sierra Mono Lake area. What attracts me is the rugged and beautiful landscape the area has to offer. But more importantly, I love the different field seminars the Mono Lake Committee puts on. In addition to that, private tours with Nora Livingston are an unmatched experience. A few years ago, when Nora had just started working for the MLC, my friend Jess Morton and I were her very first customers for a private tour. That was it. We were hooked and knew that we would be coming back every year. And so we did. This year’s field seminars are already booked and we can’t wait to travel up the 395. Thanks Nora, and thanks Mono Lake Committee.
Heloise Heloise from Lee Vining wrote on May 23, 2019 at 9:29 am:
Swimming in the lake on a hot summer day, far from the crowds
Veronica Lilley Veronica Lilley from Reading, England wrote on May 6, 2019 at 1:52 am:
I love the peace and tranquillity of Mono Lake. I applaud the Mono Lake Committee with their hard work and dedication to restore the lake to former levels. I look forward to our visits to Mono Lake and wish that I could visit more frequently.
Andrew Andrew from Lee Vining, CA wrote on April 28, 2018 at 12:48 pm:
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Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore

Our Information Center & Bookstore is temporarily closed.

Reach us by phone at 760-647-6595

Highway 395 & 3rd Street Lee Vining, CA

We are the headquarters of the non-profit group working to protect and restore Mono Lake. We are happy to answer questions, help plan outings, and provide Chamber of Commerce information. We also show a free 27-minute film called The Mono Lake Story. The bookstore offers a comprehensive selection of books in addition to t-shirts, maps, and gifts. Free wireless internet is also available.

Visiting Mono Lake County Park

Welcome to Mono Lake County Park! County Park features a boardwalk that leads through the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve to the lake, offering stunning views and birding in a variety of habitats! The county-operated portion of the park also has a shaded lawn, picnic tables, a playground and public restrooms. For directions to County Park, click here. Continue reading Visiting Mono Lake County Park