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 fully-equipped kitchens and the basic essentials like flatware, plates, cups, utensils, and pots & pans. All cabins have fire pits and BBQ’s for outdoor cooking. We have picnic tables and we supply a couple outdoor chairs, but bring any extra lawn chairs as you will want them.
The cabins vary in size and are designed for up to 2 to 8 people. We do not provide rollaway beds, inflatable beds, or sleeping bags. We do not have portable cribs for babies so if you need one you must bring your own.
Because of our rural setting you will see chipmunks, mice, mosquitoes, marmots, moths, birds, bears, and a variety of wildlife that makes 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 3:00 p.m. and checkout time is 10:00 a.m. 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 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Bishop Creek Lodge does accept friendly pets at an additional fee of $15.00 per night/pet. Your pet must be on a leash if taken outside on the property. Please do not leave your pet unattended inside or outside the cabins. Remember it is your responsibility to pick up after them.
If cancellation is before 30 days prior to your arrival date there is no fee or penalty. If cancellation is within 30 days from your arrival date you will forfeit your entire deposit. We cannot refund deposits or change the length of stay once you arrive.
For your convenience, the office/store is generally open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, then 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. You will find the basic needs like candy, soda, beer, condiments, canned vegetables, and coffee. We also carry firewood, charcoal, and fishing tackle fully stocked especially for Bishop Creek Canyon (fishing advice is free). The store also sells shirts, hats, and a variety of unique gift items.
In our restaurant, from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., we serve the continental breakfast daily included in your cabin rental. A full menu of burgers and pizza is served from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday during our Spring and Fall season and Thursday through Sunday during our Summer season. We reopen for dinner from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday for the entire season. The cook also rustles up some great specials for dinner! The lodge also has a full cocktail bar to relax in.
The restaurant is closed 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 do not hesitate to ask for any advice!
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.
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 grandest 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 760-873-4484 or email us.