South Lake

South Lake, California

South Lake is a beautiful high-country lake located on the south fork of Bishop Creek at an elevation of 9,755 feet. The man made lake was created by a small dam located at the north side of the lake where it empties into the south fork of Bishop Creek.

The lake marks the end of the road of South Lake Road. Those wishing to explore higher elevation lakes will have to hike from here. Luckily, there are many trails to choose from that begin at South Lake. Trails that start at South Lake include Bishop Pass Trail, South Lake Trail, Long Lake Trail, and Piute Pass Trail.

While there are no campgrounds found at the lake, several campgrounds are only a short drive away. This includes Willow Campground, Table Mountain Group Campground, and Mountain Glen Campground.


From Highway 395 in Bishop, turn west on State Route 168 (West Line St). Continue on State Route 168 (West Line St) for 15 miles to S Lake Rd. Turn left on S Lake Rd. Continue on S Lake Rd for 6.9 miles to reach the lake. (PR)

GPS Coordinates: 37.170424,-118.567948


Nearby Fishing

Lake Name Miles Away
Lake Sabrina 3.76 miles
North Lake 4.92 miles

Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Name Miles Away
Willow Campground 1.66 miles
Table Mountain Group Campground 2.6 miles
Mountain Glen Campground 3.69 miles
Sabrina Campground 3.99 miles
North Lake Campground 5.12 miles
Bishop Park Group Campground 5.31 miles
Lower Intake 2 Campground 5.31 miles
Upper Intake 2 Campground 5.32 miles
Bishop Park Campground 5.34 miles
Four Jeffrey Campground 5.42 miles
Forks Campground 5.75 miles
Big Trees Campground 6.54 miles
Big Pine Creek Campground 7.94 miles
Bitterbrush Campground 8.06 miles
Clyde Glacier Group Campground 8.49 miles
Palisade Glacier Group Campground 8.51 miles
Upper Sage Flat Campground 8.56 miles
Sage Flat Campground 9.09 miles