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Hot Creek

Mammoth Lakes, CA
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Ranked #10 of 26 attractions in Mammoth Lakes
Type: Geologic Formations, Hot Springs/ Geysers
Activities: Swimming, Fishing
Description: You can relax in the heated springs of this popular fishing spot.
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Whittier, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This was our last stop before going home. It's a must see. If you wish to fish, it's a catch and release fly fishing. It's great way to hike down to the craters and see it still boiling.

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Woodland Hills,CA
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84 reviews 84 reviews
12 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We have been coming to Mammoth for years (skiing) and I can't believe we never stopped there. This place is amazing! So breathtaking it is unreal. You can do a little (or bigger) hike and go down to be closer. Or you can just admire from the top and take some pictures. But if you can , do walk down-... More

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Danville, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We've been coming here since the '70s, so it's hard to see it in its current state. Back in the old days, there would be dozens, maybe 100s here on a holiday weekend swimming and soaking in the mixed hot thermal and cold creek water or sunning on the creek banks. Now that area at the bottom of the walkway... More

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Mammoth Lakes, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is a miniature version of areas in Yellowstone. Very dramatic and well worth the visit. We used to be able to swim in certain sections which was a high point of our trips to Mammoth. The rangers say it's too dangerous now. Hope that's the truth, and not just budget cutbacks and problems with people who abuse the privilege.

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San Jose, California
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95 reviews 95 reviews
28 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

This place is like a mini Yellowstone with natural hot pools and steam vents along the creek. Unfortunately, strict rules are enforced for fishing alongside the creek like: "Don't hurt the fish". Catch and release on a single hook. Make sure the fish depart safely and don't remove them from the stream! Only place we encountered fish and game rangers.... More

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so. bay
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Hot creek hosts the Hot Creek Fish Hatchery, Hot Creek natural hot springs, and a stretch of a good trout fishing creek. The Hot Creek Natural Hot Springs can be dangerous and visitors should heed any written warning signs in the area.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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119 reviews 119 reviews
32 attraction reviews
287 helpful votes 287 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

At some recent time, the forest service employees have added fencing to keep people 100 feet away from the hot springs and the stream near the springs. That is ridiculous. At Yellowstone, you walk on boardwalks right next to the hot springs. In Iceland, trails lead by boiling springs. They have ruined the experience for everyone because one person in... More

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Houston, Texas
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69 reviews 69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Not highly publicized and no signage on Hwy 395. It's off the beaten path (gravel road most of the way), yet this was a pleasant treat for my family. The hot springs are beautiful. You could see the water bubbling to the surface and steam rising from vents along the side of the trail. Lots of people fly fishing. The... More

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California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

High desert, fly fishing, water was low, weeds were challenging, add wind... smart fish too... always a challenge but what a joy to pull a colorful natural trout from the icy waters. No, you don't fish down where the thermal pools bubble

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Reno, Nevada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Visiting the Hot Creek Geologic Site is like sitting atop a ticking time bomb. I wanted to get closer to the bubbling blue hot springs and steaming fumaroles, but obeyed the warning signs and respected the area's deadly history. Since the 1960s, 14 people have been killed or seriously scalded here by pulses of super-heated groundwater. In the summer of... More

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