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Mono Lake is a noted birdwatching destination. Brine shrimp and brine fly larva in the water and brine flies on the shorelines provide abundant food for birds. Hungry migrants stopover at Mono Lake to refuel before moving on. Other birds choose the predator-free islands for nesting grounds and spend a few months at the lake.
Since this is a preserve, no camping is permitted anywhere within the Mono Lake Scenic Area.
Lodging is available within the city of Lee Vining, some of which overlook the lake.
Big Bend Campground, take SR120 west from US395, then left onto Poole Power Plant Road which leads up the canyon to the campground. Season varies, but generally open Apr 26-Oct 15. $15/night.