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DAS26miles

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Posted: 05/07/21 08:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Going to Convict Lake next week for the first time. Going over Google satellite photo I see the dump is on the main road going up between lodge and CG.

Is there potable water to fill my tank so as not to haul that extra weight?

I don't see where there is a kiosk or location for campsite check-in?

Is this a good place for an inflatible kayak?

And lastly, are there bike trails or should we leave them home?

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Posted: 05/07/21 10:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Potable water is available but with all things it could be out of commission for a day or two. Nothing better to me than full fresh water and empty waste tanks. Then I'm ready for anything. Dump is easiest to access headed back to U.S. Hwy 395. You will love this area.


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Posted: 05/07/21 12:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Water levels are low throughout California. I would not travel with an empty tank in the hopes that water will be available at my destination. Fill up before you leave home and don't worry about hauling "that extra weight" - your mileage sucks regardless.

As the Convict Lake campground is run by the USFS, I do not believe there is a potable water hookup available. They tend to only have a few spigots around the campground for filling dish pans, etc, not for filling RV water tanks.

Again, with this being a USFS campground and not a state campground, things are a bit more basic. If you have a reservation, there will be a tag on a pole at your campsite. There likely won't be a formal checkin process or kiosk - if there is a host, they might stop by to say hello. If no reservations, first come first sites will be paid for using an iron ranger.

According to one website, there are "challenging moutain bike trails" nearby at Rock Creek. It looks like otherwise bikes are limited to the roads and campground. There are a lot of hiking trails.

It sounds like kayaking would be good. The "no-wake" lake has a 6hp and 10mph speed limit. This is more of a fishing lake than a water sport lake - so it will be a quiet and calm lake.


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Posted: 05/07/21 12:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"so it should be a quiet and calm lake"... if the wind isn't howling


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Try to pad your budget a little bit so you can splurge one night and go to their restaurant. Their lodge is some of the best fine dining we've ever had.


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Fresno Tundra Driver wrote:

"so it should be a quiet and calm lake"... if the wind isn't howling


Hind howling is still way nicer than drunks screaming and speeding in boats. [emoticon]

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"As the Convict Lake campground is run by the USFS, I do not believe there is a potable water hookup available."

Per RV Dumpsites...https://rvdumpsites.net/#!21294&query=sitedetails

AND I HAVE USED THE DUMP AND FILLED MY TANK WITH FRESH WATER.

Dumpsite Fee: Free
Potable Water: YES Flush Water: YES
Spring: CLOSED Summer: OPEN Fall: CLOSED Winter: CLOSED
Open April through October. On the main road to Convict Lake; you don't have to go inside the campground. Potable water is 20-40' from the dump hole.

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Posted: 05/07/21 03:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Too old to mountain bike. DW has a trike, any where to ride flat ground or just from CG to lodge?

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Are there spgots with potable water within the CG for dishwashinbg? These questions are mostly for my brother with a TT. I have a fully self contained MH with plenty of FW and I travel with it full, always.

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Morrison’s website says take out only.

https://convictlake.com/fine-dining/morrisons-restaurant/

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