A dark past haunts this picturesque California lake

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. — Before it received the name Convict Lake, the Northern Paiute tribe called the area 'The Land of Flowing Water." It is here...

September 30, 2022
1:32 AM

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. — Before it received the name Convict Lake, the Northern Paiute tribe called the area 'The Land of Flowing Water." It is here the stark mountains funnel snowmelt from the Eastern Sierra down into Convict Lake and into the Inyo National Forest. The clear cool water is accessible to anyone driving along Highway 395 and Mammoth Lakes. As picturesque as it is, Convict Lake has a dark past, according to U.S. Forest Service spokesperson Keith Dawley.  'There was a group of convicts that escaped Carson City and ran down here,' said Dawley.

John Bartell