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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: INYO County - 'Pleasant' (Valley) Fire
« on: February 19, 2018, 12:02:38 PM »
Someone on another board was at PVR campground and said a camper exploded, whatever that means..Wondering if a propane tank exploded and started the fire....Folks said the wind was blowing about 60 mph...Can assume it burned a lot of vegetation along the river.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Last trip of the season
« on: September 26, 2017, 11:24:31 AM »
Shot for 3 days. fired about 500-600 rounds..

Eastern Sierra Forum / Last trip of the season
« on: September 26, 2017, 07:51:14 AM »
Got to French Camp last Wednesday, first thing I noticed was the fishing hole next to the DWP gauge across from site 67 was completely filled with rocks and boulders about 4 feet deep.. That large pool had been there forever but sadly the runoff completely filled it with a massive amount of large rocks..Another nice fishing hole across from sites 72-73 had a tree fall into the creek and it was also filled with rocks.

Wednesday night the wind roared down the canyon  50-60 MPH until about 3 in the morning, needless to say I did not sleep at all...It was cold on Thursday and Friday, night temps in the 20's and high 40's low 50's during the day....Fished the Lower Owens on Thursday and Friday but only caught 4,,, river is still running high over 400 CFS.

Fished the Upper Owens on Sat/Sun. weather was cool and thankfully no wind.....Fishing was fantastic both days as I stopped counting fish at 60...Every fish I caught was 13-17 inches...I actually brought home my limit of 10 fish as I promised a neighbor I would bring them some trout home.

I was surprised the amount of campers on Wed, Thur and Friday there were about 20 in the campground. I wasn't able to get my favorite site  #66 and this was the first trip ever I had to camp in a non creek side site,,,had site 60 at the top of the loop which was OK....had no one even close to me.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Campground Closures
« on: September 15, 2017, 04:39:22 PM »
I have called Kevin a few times on the number and have always had a return call.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Campground Closures
« on: September 15, 2017, 08:27:57 AM »
I know French  Camp always closes on Oct.31...I always take my last trip in October and I can always count the campers in French Camp on one hand..

Anything Goes / Re: Good Shooting Areas?
« on: August 09, 2017, 01:29:37 PM »
That is why I like my shooting area off the Owens River Road...It has very high raised dirt banks with no vegetation at all on the banks which could be a fire hazard....It might be a a distance to drive but I don't care....Its too much of a fire hazard if you are shooting in areas where there is dry vegetation.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Senior pass prices going up
« on: July 21, 2017, 06:19:14 AM »
I posted this info on another site, the price for the senior pass for those 62 or older is having a huge price increase from 10.00 to 80.00 next month.. If your old enough you had better get it now.

Eastern Sierra Forum / flooding /campground closures
« on: June 20, 2017, 02:00:21 PM »

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: eastfork
« on: June 19, 2017, 02:28:16 PM »
Kevin is the manager for all the campgrounds in Rock 760-935-4824

Eastern Sierra Forum / Bridge washed out
« on: June 14, 2017, 06:46:07 AM »
Someone on the Rock Creek facebook posted a photo that the bridge at Upper Pine grove was washed out by the creek water...

Anything Goes / Re: Good Shooting Areas?
« on: June 11, 2017, 06:13:40 PM »
I always pick up my brass since I reload all I shoot and brass is expensive..

Anything Goes / Re: Good Shooting Areas?
« on: June 11, 2017, 09:35:26 AM »
The only place I shoot is where John posted the photo...There is no hazard for anything in that area and in all the times I have shot there I have never seen another person.. Shooting into those high dirt banks eliminates any danger of a fire hazard...  If you do shoot there please remember to pick up your empty casings...

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: esatfork
« on: June 09, 2017, 12:45:30 PM »
I just sent a PM to Kevin, the manager for all the campgrounds as he is the only person with reliable info as to whats open...  I don't trust reserve America at all or any other site  The only good info would be from Kevin as he is the one that decides when to open or close a campground

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Rock Creek Lake Thawed?
« on: June 05, 2017, 05:14:42 PM »
When I was up there a few weeks ago, the creek was not running hard and fast thru Tuff like it was along Rock Creek road. I don't know if there is maybe some diversion that doesn't allow all the water from Rock Creek to run thru Tuff, but Tuff was not roaring fast water at all...

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Campground Help
« on: June 02, 2017, 01:15:53 PM »
In Iris Meadow sites 1-8 are pretty much tent sites have never seen a rv or trailer in those sites..9-14 are in the open meadow area and have no trees in the site but they can handle large trailers or rv's....Personally I think those sites are terrible as you have no privacy from the folks on either side of you.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Campground Help
« on: June 01, 2017, 06:41:42 PM »
Tuff has very few trees so not much shade in the campground...I personally like the creek side sites in French, close to the creek and you don't have any campers on the other side of the road like you have on the main road entering the campground... The upper sites have less traffic as people use the cross overs to exit the campground..

Can't ever recall that much water running thru that creek...I wanted to fish there on my trip 2 weeks ago but I had a terrible back ache and there was no way I could walk the distance...

I was up there for 5 days May 9-14 and the fishing was downright slow..Rock creek was fast roaring white water, Upper Owens was downright horrible. 10 hours of fishing the river and I caught one fish and never had one bite after that...

You have French at the bottom of the hill with 84 sites, 20 of them are creek side...Iris and big meadow half way up the road...

If you have never stayed at the campground at the lake you should know it gets a lot of vehicle traffic...I compare it to camping on the San Diego freeway.There are many other campgrounds in Rock Creek that would have much less traffic..  I was up there last week and there is still a lot of snow in the campground and its a gamble if it would be open....I know the campground host for that campground are currently working at French Camp.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Campground Help
« on: May 21, 2017, 07:55:50 AM »
Per the Forest Service site it is closed,,,no info on when it may open...

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Request RCL Info
« on: May 15, 2017, 02:33:15 PM »
Just looked at the Cowley can and its snowing,,, ground
 is white with snow...

They are going to have to clear a lot of snow if they plan on opening on the 26th..Talked to one of the host on Friday and he said the road in East Fork still has 5 feet of snow on it.. When I drove by the campground on Friday evening it looked like 90 percent of the entire campground was covered in snow..

Guess I have to pack my gear again,,,, leaving o dark thirty Tuesday..

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: No opener reports?
« on: May 02, 2017, 04:15:02 PM »
I was all packed up ready to spend a week in French Camp but found out from the host they are not open yet until the water is tested....I don't like Tuff campground at all so I unpacked my gear and will hopefully go next week.....I missed the opener this year first time in many many years...

I got skunked on the opener about 3-years ago on the Owens River...Fished two days on the river and never had one darn bite....Didn't feel too bad because 90% of the other folks were getting skunked also..

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