The Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve is located near Yosemite National Park within Mono County, in eastern California. It was established in 1981 by the California State Legislature, to preserve the natural limestone “tufa tower” formations at Mono Lake.
The Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve was established to preserve the spectacular “tufa towers,” calcium-carbonate spires and knobs formed by interaction of freshwater springs and alkaline lake water. It also protects the lake surface itself as well as the wetlands and other sensitive habitat for the millions of birds that feed and rest at Mono Lake each year.
Mono Lake is a majestic body of water covering about 65 square miles. It is an ancient lake, over 1 million years old — one of the oldest lakes in North America. It has no outlet.
Throughout its long existence, salts and minerals have washed into the lake from Eastern Sierra streams. Freshwater evaporating from the lake each year has left the salts and minerals behind so that the lake is now about 2 1/2 times as salty as the ocean and very alkaline.
Things To Do:
- Wildlife Viewing
- Hiking Trails
- Bike Trails
- Nature Trails
- Boat Ramps
- Picnic Areas
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Phone Park for More Information: 760-647-6331
Highway 395, 13 miles east of Yosemite National Park, near the town of Lee Vining, California.