December 6, 2019

French Camp Campground Review

French Camp Campground Review

French Camp is located just off the 395, about 1/2 mile from Tom's Place.  Rock Creek flows on the south side of the campground.  None of the sites are situated right on the creek but you can hear the rushing waters from most of the campsites.

French Camp has a paved camp road with dirt parking spurs.  The sites vary in size and what they are able to accommodate.  Some of the sites have so many granite rocks that there is hardly a large enough space to fit a 2-person tent.  Other could easily fit two 8-person tents.  Each of the sites has a mixture of sun and shade from the pine trees.  The sites closer to Rock Creek have larger pine trees for those seeking more shade.  

Many of the sites will benefit from bringing an ez-up to shade the picnic table.  Sites are moderately spaced from each other, giving campers a good amount of privacy.  There are some exceptions to this statement, however.  33/34 and 36/37 are better suited for two families that are camping together.

A dump station is located across the road and available for free to all campers ($8 otherwise).  Showers are not on site, however, Tom's Place and Rock Creek Resort offer showers to campers.  They also have a bar and restaurant.  If you're camping out here do not miss out on the drive up to Rock Creek Lake and Mosquito Flat which both enjoy some beautiful hikes.

What to Bring:

  • Fishing pole
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs and lake
  • Hiking shoes
  • A door mat or small rug to place in front of your tent/RV/trailer.  The dirt is fine (not the "damn sexy" kind of fine but the "small particle" type) and gets everywhere.

Click here to view our to-scale campground site map and 360 photo tour.

In the reviews:

French Camp is rated a 4.5/5 on Google Reviews out of 41 reviewers.  Bradly L. made the following assessment, "It is a great location with lakes above and a river running alongside the campground.  It is a perfect location for Mammoth Lakes.  The downside is that the sites are TIGHT and the drive can be even tighter.  If you have a travel trailer, be prepared to get frustrated backing in and leveling the trailer.  Bring plenty of blocks."  Generally, people were thrilled with the cleanliness of the camp, loved the hospitality of the camp hosts and declared that they would be back again.


  • Backpacking
  • Hiking
  • Biking (single tracks and dirt roads)
  • OHV
  • Fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • Paddling
  • Boating
  • Check out Rock Creek Lodge for details on dining.  You can grab a breakfast or trail lunch here.  Lunch and dinner are served at Rock Creek Lake Resort and Tom's place (back toward 395).

Favorite Sites:

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