Several roads still closed as Eastern Sierra Trout Opener approaches

This year’s winter season dumped a lot of snow at or near many freshwater lakes in Inyo and Mono counties.

EASTERN SIERRAS—”Fishmas” – the nickname bestowed upon each year’s Eastern Sierra Trout Opener – is around the corner, with many anglers hoping to drop a line in their favorite freshwater lakes beginning April 27. But what has the most recent winter season, which brought a substantive amount of rain and snow to the state, done to the Eastern Sierras? Are the access roads to and through the Eastern Sierras navigable?

Here are a list of road closures, provided by officials at Inyo and Mono counties (where most of the Eastern Sierra freshwater lakes are located).

Mono County

The following information, which is posted online at, is current as of April 16.

– Bodie Road (State Highway 270), visit

– Cottonwood Canyon Road, portions are still snow-covered; the road is closed 4 miles from its intersection with Highway 167.

– Lundy Lake Road is closed about 6 miles from its intersection with Highway 395, at Lundy Lake Resort.

– Virginia Lakes Road is undergoing snow removal, though portions are still closed to automobile traffic; the road is expected to be open in time for Fishmas.

– Rock Creek Road is undergoing snow removal and is expected to be open by April 27.

– Buckeye Road and Burcham Flat Road are still covered in snow and removal has not yet occurred. “Travel in wheeled vehicles is not advises, and at your own risk,” Mono County staff stated of both roads.

Inyo County

Inyo County’s Sheriff’s Department, in previous years, provided road closure updates on its Facebook page. No information was available, as of press time, as to which roads were open to through traffic. Please visit for updates, or call the department at 760-878-0383.

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