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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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
Keep up the educational, research, and legal efforts !
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?
Our Information Center & Bookstore is temporarily closed.
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.
Old Marina is both an easy way to access Mono Lake, and also the site of important historical events that shaped the protection of Mono Lake. There is a fee of $3.00 per car to park at Old Marina as it is part of the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve; the site also has public restrooms and a picnic table. For directions to Old Marina, click here. Continue reading Visiting Old Marina
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