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 Sabrina - 3.76 miles away
North Lake - 4.92 miles away

Nearby Campgrounds

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