Hi and welcome to Bishop Creek Lodge!
As one of our cabin guests this page is available to you to help you know what to expect when you arrive and what to bring to make your stay more enjoyable.
The cabins are rustic fishing cabins. They are clean and comfortable but NOT fancy. All cabins have showers, hot water, heat, and toilets. Towels and linens are included but we do not have daily maid service. Fresh towels are available daily at the office. If you need maid service during your stay just let the office staff know, we can usually arrange for it. The cabins all have full kitchens and the basic essentials like flatware, plates, cups, utensils, pots & pans. All cabins have fire rings and BBQ’s for outdoor cooking. We have picnic tables but bring your own lawn chairs as you will want them.
The cabins are designed for two, four, up to eight persons. You may add one person extra for an additional $15.00. We do not provide rollaway beds. We will provide linens for an inflatable bed, but you must bring the bed or a sleeping bag for the floor. We do not have portable cribs for babies so if you need one you must bring your own. All of our water comes straight from a high mountain spring and tastes better than anything in a bottle.
Because of our rural setting you will see chipmunks, mice, mosquitoes, marmots, moths, birds, bears, and a variety of wildlife that make your stay here special; but occasionally they will explore the insides of a cabin. There are no phones in any of the cabins, no TV reception (bring a TV/VCR and CDs if needed), and radio reception or cell phones are scratchy at best. We like it this way! There is TV in the bar for sporting events, no soap operas.
Check in / Check out
Check-in time is 3:00pm and checkout time is 10:00am. If you need additional time or would like an early check-in contact the office. Sometimes (not always) this can be arranged.
Our quiet hours are between 10:00pm and 6:00am.
Bishop Creek Lodge does accept friendly pets at an additional fee of $15.00 per day per pet. Please do not leave your pet unattended inside or out and remember it is your responsibility to pick up after them.
The first thing to check is the arrival time, date, and length of stay on your enclosed registration card. Be sure everything is exactly what you need. We cannot refund deposits or change the length of stay once you arrive. Our cancellation policy is that we refund all of your deposit except for a $15.00 processing fee if cancellation is made 30 days prior to arrival. If cancellation is within 30 days of arrival you will forfeit entire deposit.
For your convenience, the office/store is generally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm Monday through Wednesday, then 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Thursday through Sunday. You will find the basic needs like candy, pop, beer, catsup, canned vegetables, coffee, and milk (most of the things you forget or run out of). We also carry firewood, charcoal, and a fully stocked fishing tackle shop stocked especially for Bishop Creek Canyon (fishing advice is free). There is also a store with shirts, hats, and a variety of unique gift items.
In our restaurant, from 8:00am until 10:00am we serve the continental breakfast included in your cabin rental. A full lunch menu of burgers and pizza is served from 11:00am until 8:00pm Thursday through Sunday. For dinner we serve the lunch menu plus we add a great 14 oz. Certified Black Angus T-bone steak, half chicken, and lamb shank. Dinner starts at 4:00pm and goes until closing. The cook also rustles up some great nightly specials! Sunday night is Italian night when we serve the regular menu, and a huge helping of our Spaghetti. The lodge also has a full cocktail bar to relax in. The café is closed for lunch & dinner Monday through Wednesday.
Weather in the Eastern Sierra is very unpredictable. Usually we will have warm days (70-75) with cool nights (45-50). If you are lucky we often get afternoon showers that last about one hour then clear off. So bring a variety of clothing including a raincoat or parka. If you plan to hike bring good shoes and sunscreen. There are many easy hiking trails close by or horseback riding is available through Rainbow Pack Outfitters (phone 760-873-4153) in this canyon or Bishop Pack Outfitters (phone 760-873-4785) in the Lake Sabrina canyon.
Fishing and Fish Cleaning/Freezing
Fishing and hiking are the most popular activities in the area, but lots of folks come up for photography, painting, sightseeing or just relaxing in the mountains. The fishing in Bishop Creek and South Lake is famous for the High Sierra Rainbows, Alpers Trophy Trout, and especially the elusive Brown Trout. There are miles of river to fish as well as South Lake and Lake Sabrina. They have full boat rental and free launching facilities. Tackle should be standard trout gear (flies, lures, worms, etc.) and fairly light line (2-6 lb.). Trolling at the lakes is very popular with a variety of lures and other gear. Lead core line is popular for deep fishing. We have all the tackle necessary and our staff can assist you in selecting whatever you need. We have geared our shops for the Bishop Creek area and we fish as often as possible. Please remember all of our advice is free and you get what you pay for.
With a short hike (1.5–2.5 hrs.) you will be in the most pristine wilderness of the Eastern Sierra. Most hikes and backcountry lakes are located within the John Muir Wilderness Area. Brook and Golden trout are readily available in the backcountry lakes around the canyon. Again light tackle is key to catching these fish. You can ask any of the people at the lodge for advice on hiking and fishing in the area, maps are available. If you plan on any outdoor action be sure to bring a camera because the vistas are breathtaking
We also have fish freezing service. Just clean your fish, put them in a storage bag that will not leak, put your name on them and bring them to the office. We will be happy to freeze them. Do not forget to pick them up before you go. We catch all the fish we eat.
Thank you for reading!
We have tried to answer some of the most asked questions and remind you of some of the most forgotten items. We hope this information will help you to prepare for your vacation. Again, be sure to check all of the arrival and departure data on your confirmation sheet and remember our rural, mountain setting when you pack. The Eastern High Sierra is some of the most beautiful terrain in the world and Bishop Creek Canyon is one of the most grand areas of the Sierra. We sit on the edge of the John Muir Wilderness Area.
We are looking forward to your visit and are sure you will have a great time. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate in calling ator email us.