The captivating photos and photos in the slideshow above were photographed by Roger Reso.
Photo Credit Roger Reso
Lake Mamie offers an array of photographic possibilities with every turn of your head. The lake, surrounded by towering pines and snow covered mountain peaks, is the smallest of the four Mammoth Lakes located along Lake Mary Road.
A great way to enjoy the water at Lake Mamie is by kayak and canoe. Lake Mamie is so puny that if it wasn’t for its outstanding beauty, it would hardly be worth paddling. However, there weren’t any other boaters on the lake besides me, which was probably due to its small size, so having this peaceful haven all to myself made the leisurely paddle entirely worthwhile. This is a superb SUP paddling destination.
Lake Mamie is located just 3.5 miles from Mammoth Lakes, on Lake Mary Road. Kayak anglers will find a variety species of fish including carp, brown trout and crappie here. Whether you’re bait casting, fly fishing or spinning your chances of getting a bite here are good.
Of the lakes in and around Mammoth that are accessible by car, Lake Mamie is the most obscure. It is a popular location for shore-fishing. The fishing isn't spectacular, but the setting definitely is. Lake Mamie provides stunning views while kayak angling for rainbow, brook and brown trout.
The Department of Fish and Game plants 13,000 catchable rainbow trout per year, which may not seem like a lot, but considering how small the lake is, you stand a pretty good chance of hooking a few.
NOTE: Horseshoe Lake is closed to camping and paddling because carbon dioxide gas has been detected in its vicinity. Inhaling high concentrations of carbon dioxide gas can cause dizziness, unconsciousness, and death. Extreme care should be taken to prevent children and dogs from digging up loose soil that has been placed in the pits. Care should also be taken to avoid a crack 1-2 feet wide that extends from the lake onto the west shore. Do not lie face down on the ground anywhere near Horseshoe Lake or the tree-kill area.
Open: Lake Mamie is open daily from mid-June to mid-September one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for boating. The season can be shortened at either end by early or late snowfall. The boat speed limit is 5 m.p.h.
Lake Facilities: There is a small hard launch ramp, fishing and boating, but no restroom facilities. Windsurfing, swimming, jet and waterskiing are not allowed. All the lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are closed to swimming, so make sure to stay in the boat.