Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve – Mono County, CA


Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

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.

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

Things To Do:

  • Picnicking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Wildlife Viewing

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

Amenities:

  • Hiking Trails
  • Bike Trails
  • Nature Trails
  • Boat Ramps
  • Historical
  • Picnic Areas
  • Restrooms

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.93876, -119.02610

 

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

Phone Park for More Information: 760-647-6331

Driving direction:
Highway 395, 13 miles east of Yosemite National Park, near the town of Lee Vining, California.


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