It is no April Fool’s joke that it is officially Spring in Mono County. Old Man Winter still has his icy grip on the area but you can sense Spring in the air – the sun has shifted in the sky, daylight hours are longer, some high elevation lakes have begun to thaw and bird songs greet you outside.
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” – Anne Bradstreet
Mono County has had a fair share of action since the start of 2023. With more storms in the forecast, water records are likely to be broken up and down 395. NOAA is reporting Virginia Lakes Ridge (9,200 ft.) to be at 286% of normal for water to date. According to Mammoth Mountain, 664 inches of snow has fallen to date near the Main Lodge and over 800 inches at 11.053 feet, bringing them close to breaking their season snowfall total record.
Many places are still coated in white as we say goodbye to winter and it’ll just be a matter of time before they melt out and we can enjoy what lies beneath.
Caltrans District 9 has been making great progress on the section of 395 currently closed near Lee Vining due to an Avalanche and has also announced that they will begin emergency repair work on three state highways in Inyo and Mono Counties. Please visit roads.dot.ca.gov for current road information before you travel. If you would like current Mono County Storm Emergency information, please visit our READY MONO site.
The amount of snow and water contained in Mono County is something that is a MUST see. Snow enthusiasts can look forward to plenty of days with a cornucopia of recreational snow-filled fun.
The countdown is on for April 29, the opening day of regular fishing season. As we get closer mid-April, we will help provide updates and guidance on the status of some of your favorite waterways.
If you have any questions, please reply to this email or give our office a call at 800-845-7922.
Jeff, Liz, and Amanda
Mono County Media Highlights
Current and comparison view of snow at Wildyrie Lodge at Lake Mamie
June Mountain surpasses 500 inches of snowfall. They are currently scheduled to be open through April 9th, 2023
Enjoy these dramatic photos of the snow in Bodie taken from the top of Bodie Bluff by Eric Draper, California State Parks
Mammoth Mountain says they are close to breaking their all-time record for total season snowfall and announced that they will be open for skiing and riding until AT LEAST the end of July
Views from Convict Lake on 3/23/23. The thaw has started near the marina with a small ice free section
Video of incredibly deep snow at Lake Mary and the Pokonobe Lodge and Marina
A detailed article stating seven reasons to visit the June Lake area in: “June Lake, CA: Small-Town Charm and Big Fish Energy just Hours from Los Angeles“, by MSN.com and BuzzFeed
Convict Lake and Lundy Canyon plus many others are listed in “Best Dog Vacations” by Sunset
There are oodles of awesome events in Mono County this Spring. Things like: Bucky’s Saturday Bonfire, Live Music, Mono County Earth Month, Easter Egg Hunts, a Pond Skim, Concerts by the Felici Piano Trio, Museum Openings and several Fishing Opener Events throughout the county to participate in.
Lodging in Mono County
Book your Mono County stay before things fill up!
Whether you are looking for a luxury mountain resort, a rustic cabin retreat, or a family friendly campground, Mono County has options to suit your every need.
The Walker/Coleville KOA at Meadowcliff Lodge is open for the season!
Hot Deal Alert! Buy 2 nights, get your 3rd night FREE during March and April. Call 530-495-2255 to inquire.
Subject to availability, some restrictions apply, not valid on all sites.
Please always check Weather & Road Conditions before traveling to Mono County.
We all have the great responsibility to care for the Eastern Sierra – please be sure to bring your Mountain Manners.
Request a free copy of the Mono County Visitor Guide, Mono County Fishing Map, and Eastern Sierra Fall Color Map here.
(From Mono County Tourism)