Places to Visit: Bridgeport California

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Bridgeport CA

Looking for a little out-of-the way town that happens to be on-the-way to (or from) Lake Tahoe? Visit Bridgeport, CA, and enjoy an abundance of outdoor recreation without Tahoe's abundance of people!

  • Located on Highway 395 near the California/Nevada border and just about 90 miles south of Lake Tahoe.
  • World-class trout fishing in area lakes, rivers and creeks, and boating on Bridgeport Reservoir and Twin Lakes.
  • Spectacular hiking in the Eastern High Sierra: check out Hoover Wilderness in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
  • Contact Bridgeport Ranger Station at (760) 932-7070 for information and maps.


Bridgeport, CA, known as "big meadows" to early Native Americans, provides entrance to some of the most unassumingly spectacular outdoor recreation in central California. World-class fishing abounds, and miles and miles of solitary hiking trails in the Eastern High Sierra will make you feel that you discovered this place. In fact, silver and gold mining camps were established as far back as the 1850s, and Bridgeport has a strong Native American, mining and ranching heritage, which you will see reminants of as you travel through this paradise.


Bridgeport, CA, on Highway 395, provides acces to Reno-Lake Tahoe to the north; Death Valley, Los Angeles and Las Vegas to the south; Salt Lake City to the east; and Yosemite and Sonora to the west.  Located in Mono County, CA, to the northeast of Yosemite National Park (as the crow flies).  this charming town sits 26 miles north of the town of Lee Vining, which grants access to the historic National Park from the west and Mono Lake Basin National Forest Scenic Area to the east.


This quaint town hosts local restaurants and cafes, shops and outfitters, as well as a number of lodging facitilities, including historic inns, creekside cabins, lakeside resorts, and wooded tent and RV campgrounds. With flat front facades reminiscent of the Old West along mainstreet, Bridgeport is a small town with a large personality and a unforgetable, alpine meadow backyard. 


This town is a well-kept secret, an outdoor-lovers' paradise. With world-class fishing in the nearby rivers, creeks and lakes (check out Twin Lakes to the southwest and East Walker River which feeds Bridgeport Reservoir to the northeast), memorable hikes to alpine lakes in the Hoover Wilderness, and opportunities for mountain biking, hunting, skiing and snowmobiling (to name just a few), no one leaves this "big meadow" without a grin and happy memories. Contact Bridgeport Ranger Station & Visitor Center at (760) 932-7070 for more information

Visit the 1880 Mono County courthouse, nearby Bodie Ghost Town Museum and Mono County Museum for windows into this central California town's past. Contact Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce at (760) 932-7500 for a comprehensive list of attractions.

Getting Here

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Bridgeport is easy. From lake shore Highway 50, follow map directions to Highway 395 S. Continue about 65 miles. Total distance measures less than 90 miles and about 2 hours (depending on road conditions).