Fish Slough Area of Critical Environmental Concern

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Fish Slough Area of Critical Environmental Concern

California

(760) 872-5000

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Overview

The 36,000-acre Fish Slough Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) is a place where geographic isolation, geology, climate, and hydrology have created a rare and irreplaceable ecosystem. Located in the transition between the Mojave Desert and Great Basin biomes, Fish Slough encompasses an array of plant communities including wetlands, alkali meadows and uplands. With 126 wetland taxa described, Fish Slough represents one of the richest wetland floras in the Great Basin. The ACEC also provides habitat for rare endemic plants, such as the Fish Slough milk-vetch and the alkali Mariposa lily. The main recreational activities enjoyed include, horseback riding, hiking, Native American rock art viewing, wildlife viewing, plant viewing, birdwatching, rock climbing, and nature interpretation. There are no entrance fees. Visitors, including hikers, are asked to stay on developed roads. Contact the Bishop Area office for other specific information. Fish Slough is very hot in the summer and snow is possible in the winter. However, at any time of the year, visitors can find inclement weather in the area. The best times to visit Fish Slough are fall, winter, and spring, but no matter what time of year you visit, remember to bring along drinking water.

Map of Fish Slough Area of Critical Environmental Concern

Latitude, Longitude: 37.565535, -118.415794

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Roads throughout the area make it accesible to touring on developed roads.

  • Camping

    The nearest BLM campground is Horton Creek (approximately 8.5 miles northwest of Bishop on U.S. Highway 395. Call the BLM office for more information on campground season. Private and county campgrounds are also available in the area. Call the Bishop Visitor's Center at (619) 873-8405 for more information on these. Bishop also has a variety of motels and restaurants.

  • Hiking

    Making hiking opporunities exist at the 36,000-acre Fish Slough Area of Critical Environmental Concern.

  • Historic Sites

    Please contact the park for information on historical/cultural tours.

  • Horseback Riding

    Many enjoy horseback riding at the 36,000-acre Fish Slough Area of Critical Environmental Concern.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife viewing, plant viewing, birdwatching are great activities to enjoy at the 36,000-acre Fish Slough Area of Critical Environmental Concern.

Seasonality/Weather

Fish Slough is very hot in the summer and snow is possible in the winter. However, at any time of the year, visitors can find inclement weather in the area. The best times to visit Fish Slough are fall, winter, and spring, but no matter what time of year you visit, remember to bring along drinking water.

Directions

Driving

From Bishop, take U.S. Highway 6 north for 1.4 miles. Turn left on Five Bridges Road and proceed 2.4 miles to Fish Slough Road. Turn right; The ACEC entrance is 0.5 mile beyond.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(760) 872-5000

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