When people speak of the Eastern Sierra, they commonly mean the plateau around Mono Lake and the Owens Valley. Some of the state’s most sought-after trout angling can be found in this high-desert region.
Hot Creek, Walker River, Carson River, Owens River, Golden Trout Creek and many more waterways host rainbows and browns as well as Lahontan cutthroat, Kern River rainbows and our state fish, the California golden trout.
Meet Mark Drew – CalTrout’s Eastern Sierra Region Manager
The region, however, has become imperiled from a variety of threats including logging, grazing and more urgently, development. Pressure is building from local businesses to rapidly expand the region’s ski resorts and enlarge its airport.
CalTrout is engaged in protecting and restoring most of the region’s rivers and creeks with a comprehensive strategy of outreach, restoration, monitoring, water agreements and coalition building.
Map of Eastern Sierra Region
The Upper Owens River Water Quality Project
Current Eastern Sierra Region Projects (click project to learn more)
Inyo-Mono Integrated Water Management
Mammoth Basin Protection
Mono Basin Restoration and Protection
Upper Owens River Protection
Golden Trout Wilderness Protection & Meadow Restoration
Aquatic Species Conservation Strategies