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Location and Access

Independence Creek Campground is situated in California’s eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. It's located near Independence, CA, which is in Inyo County. To access the campground, you will typically need to drive on Highway 395 which is the main north-south route on the eastern side of the Sierras. The campground is reachable from Independence by taking Onion Valley Road which winds up into the mountains and leads to various trailheads and recreational areas.

Operating Seasons and Reservations

The operating season for the Independence Creek Campground may vary depending on weather conditions, snow levels, and other environmental factors. It typically opens late spring to early summer and stays open through the fall, closing with the onset of winter conditions.

Reservations are not always required as some sites are often available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, it's important to check in advance with the local ranger district or the managing agency for the latest information on reservations and seasonal accessibility.

Campsites and Amenities

The campground usually offers basic facilities including a number of campsites suitable for tents, small trailers, and RVs. Amenities may include:

  • Picnic Tables: Each campsite often has a table for dining and food preparation.
  • Fire Rings: Campsites typically come with a fire ring for campfires, conditions permitting. Always check fire restrictions before lighting a fire.
  • Vault Toilets: Most likely, the campground will have vault toilets, as this is common in more remote camping areas.
  • Potable Water: Availability of drinking water should be verified before arrival, as remote campgrounds may not have a reliable water source.

It's unlikely that there are electric hookups, dump stations, or shower facilities at the campground due to its rustic nature.

Activities and Points of Interest

The area around Independence Creek Campground is known for its stunning natural beauty and offers a variety of outdoor activities, including:

  • Hiking: There are numerous trails accessible from or near the campground, ranging from day hikes to challenging ascents of nearby peaks.
  • Fishing: Independence Creek and nearby lakes and streams are popular for fishing, particularly for trout. A California fishing license is required.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area supports a range of wildlife, providing opportunities for watching birds and other animals in their natural habitat.
  • Photography: The picturesque landscape offers ample opportunities for photography, especially during the sunrise and sunset hours when the light plays off the high peaks.

Environmental Considerations

As with any wilderness area, there are several environmental considerations to take into account:

  • Leave No Trace: It is crucial to follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize human impact on the natural environment.
  • Wildlife Safety: Properly store food and scented items to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
  • Altitude Awareness: Since the campground is located at a high elevation, prepare for altitude sickness and acclimate properly.


Independence Creek Campground offers a rustic camping experience surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sierras. Ensure you come prepared for the conditions, respect the local regulations, and make any necessary reservations in advance to enjoy a serene and relaxing outdoor adventure. Always verify the latest information with local resources prior to your trip, as conditions and regulations can change.

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