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Long-Term Camping Opportunities Available in the Eastern Sierra

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avatar Long-Term Camping Opportunities Available in the Eastern Sierra
July 06, 2017 05:27PM
BISHOP, Calif. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved a long-term camping permit program for developed campgrounds in the Eastern Sierra. Under the program, visitors may purchase recreation use permits, which allow camping beyond the established 14 day stay limit for campgrounds managed by the Bishop Field Office. Long-term permits are now available for camping within the Tuttle Creek, Goodale Creek, Horton Creek, and Pleasant Valley Pit campgrounds in Inyo County, and the Crowley Lake Campground in Mono County.

According to BLM outdoor recreation planner Sara Manley, “Area visitors have several options for camping in these campgrounds. Daily permits continue to be available to short-term visitors. Those interested in long-term camping have the option of purchasing either a 30-day or 90-day permit.”

Under the approved permit program visitors can camp for up to 180 days per year within BLM campgrounds in the Eastern Sierra. Long-term permit holders may camp in any campsite designated as available for long-term camping in these campgrounds. A long-term permit also allows visitors to camp for up to 30 consecutive days in any of these campgrounds.

“We are pleased to announce these long-term camping opportunities,” said Steve Nelson, BLM field manager in Bishop. “Recreational based tourism is a mainstay of the Eastern Sierra economy. This program expands permitted outdoor recreation opportunities on public lands in the region, particularly for visitors who prefer camping in a developed recreation site.”

Permits may be purchased Monday to Thursday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., at the Bishop Field Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop. The fee for a 30-day permit is $120. The fee for a 90-day permit is $320. Interagency Senior Pass and Interagency Access Pass holders will receive a discount on 30-day permits. For further information regarding camping opportunities on public lands in the Eastern Sierra, please contact the Bishop Field Office at +1 760 872-5000.
avatar Re: Long-Term Camping Opportunities Available in the Eastern Sierra
July 06, 2017 10:39PM
If some of these campgrounds remain open during the winter, I can seen them being used by the seasonal workers who work at Mammoth. I also see summer seasonal workers using them for summer seasonal housing.

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Re: Long-Term Camping Opportunities Available in the Eastern Sierra
July 07, 2017 10:51AM
Well done Bishop Field Office BLM folk, good work! I hope that program runs well and you managers iron out whatever bumps. For a few bucks a day, that is a huge bargain versus historically high fees otherwise being charged in this era at most public campgrounds that of course tend to drive such users to dispersed camping areas without any facilities that only create usage problems as sewage and trash.


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