Travertine Hot Springs, Ca

Travertine Hot Springs, Ca

If you’re  a nature lover and want a truly amazing off the beaten path affordable vacation. Look no further.

Shangri la is here.

Considering there is no fee to enjoy the hot springs and the camping is free on both sides of the approaching road. Where can you find another destination like this.

After you’ve bagged an Eastern Sierra peak, you deserve a little soaking to soothe your aching feet and tired muscles. Luckily, our great Mother Earth provides what you need.

Travertine Hot Springs sits only a few dirt miles from highway 395. Before you head out, grab some local brews from the general store in the quiet valley town of Bridgeport.

You can drive straight in to the first pools. Walk a short distance to take in majestic views of the jagged Sawtooth Ridge as you relax into thermal bliss.

There are pools of all temperatures, the hottest being right at the parking area. By hot, we mean do a toe dunk before stepping in; you could cook in that first one. Literally.

We used the spring as free fuel for our camping pot. Above the magma-heated ground, we heated water to a bubbling boil for two cups of hot tea.

If the first pools are all occupied, don’t fear. There are typically enough “tubs” to go around. Head out east through the slick maze of travertine rock and you will find four small, private pools in a grassy meadow.

The biggest perk of this front country spring is that that floor of the pools are mud; no concrete orderliness here.

We believe in the healing power of the springs, and direct contact with the earth is crucial to the magic it can work. Rub the earth over your skin and get grounded in the steady vibrations.

Because the land surrounding the thermal springs is Forest Service Land, you can legally camp for free in any of the pullouts along the back roads. It is primitive camping, with no facilities of any kind, so be prepared to be self-contained.

 Arrive late afternoon, set up camp, and walk a half-mile for a sunset soak. Then, rise before daybreak to enjoy the empty pool of your choice before anyone has even turned over in bed. It’ll be all yours for those precious few hours.

Heading south from Bridgeport on Highway 395, make a left onto an unmarked paved road just before the Forest Service Office.

Follow straight road between a quarry work site for a very short distance till it reaches a dirt road that curves first right, then left up into the hills. Keep on this well graded dirt track up to the parking lot. There is a pit toilet in the parking lot for your convenience. Please be sure to be courteous to others and pack out all trash you brought in. The locals here are incredibly kind and friendly, and this can only continue through good stewardship on the part of all of us. 



A Historic California town with a vast recreational playground.


Backed by the jagged spires of the Sawtooth range, Bridgeport is the center of a summer-to-winter recreational playground. It is popular with fishing, hiking and outdoor enthusiasts as a gateway to High Sierra canyons, peaks, lakes, streams, and hot springs.

Located Between Mammoth and Tahoe

Bridgeport is located on Hwy. 395 in the heart of the Eastern Sierra, north of Mammoth Lakes,  and south of Lake Tahoe. Within an easy drive to Yosemite National Park, Bodie, and Mono Lake, Bridgeport has restaurants, hotels, campgrounds and services for all kinds of California adventure trips.






Twin Lakes


How to get there

Located just 10 miles out of Bridgeport, Twin Lakes offers Trophy Fishing.

These 2 lakes hold the top 2 spots for the largest Brown Trouts caught in California, weighing in at 26 lb 8 oz and 26 lb 5oz.  

Fishing Tips

Trolling is always great in these lakes.  Depending on the season you can always use Rapalas, Wolly bugger flies, Thomas Boyants or any bait resembling smaller trout or Kokanee Salmon.

Still Fishing from boat or shore using Power Bait, Worms or Mouse Tails is also very successful.

Please note the special reg’s from Robinson Creek, between the lakes, fishing is illegal from September 15ht through the following opener for spawning season of the Kokanee Salmon and the Brown Trout.

Great pictures can be taken at these locations, just leave your poles and gear in the vehicle. 





Bridgeport Reservoir

How to get there

At the East end of town, take Highway 182 following the signs to Bridgeport Lake / Yerington.

Fishing Tips

This Reservoir is most commonly fished from boats.  You can launch your boat at Bridgeport Reservoir Marina and the Public Boat Launch.  

Both are located on Highway 182 and can be identified by signs.

Bait Fishing with Power Bait, Night Crawlers or Mouse Tails and trolling with Speedy Shiners, Thomas Boyants and Rapalas.



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ROBINSON Creek / Buckeye Creek

How to get there

Up Twin Lakes Road out of Bridgeport you can access Robsinson Creek and Buckeye Creek.  7 miles up Twin Lakes Road you will see Buckeye Road.  Turn right here and travel about 3 miles.  

You will approach a bridge which is Buckeye Creek.  Follow this creek up or down from there. 

If you stay on Twin Lakes Road just past Buckeye Road, you will see Robsinson Creek.  This creek flows out of Lower Twin and can be caught on any dirt road on your left hand side going up towards the lakes.

Fishing Tips


These creeks offer some great deep holes where the fish love to hide.  Try a small Split shot with some salmon eggs.  You can also toss your favorite lure out here to get some action.

East/West Walker River

How to get there

West Walker River – Travel up HWY 395 North of Bridgeport about 16 miles.  This River winds through the Walker Canyon offering great terrain for Fly Fishing, Bait Fishing and throwing some lures.

East Walker River – Travel on Highway 182 just East of town. Follow this Highway past the Reservoir and you will reach the River just beyond the dam.  This is also a favorite spot for Fly Fishing.

Under special regulations, these rivers are open to fishing Year Round! Please read your current fishing reg’s

Fishing Tips

Fishing these waters offers a little something for all anglers, Fly, Bait & Lures.

Virgina Creek & Lakes


How to get there

Take HWY 395 12 miles South of Bridgeport and you will see Virginia Lakes Rd.  Turn Right here and you will cross the creek.  Continue up the road about 5 miles and you will approach the Lakes.

Fishing Tips

These Lakes are fished from shore and are also popular for Float Tubing.  Use your Night Crawlers, Power Bait and Mice Tails.  If your using a lure, try a Kastmaster or small Rapalas.




The Bridgeport Trout Tournament – June

Join the Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation for their annual fishing tournament held in June every year.  This event includes a fishing tournament followed by a wonderful benefit dinner including raffles, auctions and prizes.


Bridgeport Fish Fest

July 31st & August 1st

Join Twin Lakes Resort for a weekend of fun.  This event includes live music, great food, Raffle prizes, drinks and a $1,000 grand prize.




Bridgeport offers some of the most beautiful camping spots in the world.  Whether you are tent camping, in your RV or renting a travel trailer, Bridgeport has what your looking for. 

Hook Up RV Sites

There are 3 resorts in the area which offer hookup RV Sites, including Water Sewer and Electric.  

Bridgeport Reservoir

Paradise Shores RV Park and Bridgeport Reservoir and Marina.  Both resorts offer spectacular views of the Bridgeport Valley along with the services you need to be comfortable in your RV or Trailer while in Bridgeport.  Check out their websites for more information.

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes Resort offers full Hookup sites on Lower Twin located just 11 miles out of Bridgeport.

Travel Trailer Rentals

Don’t have a rig of your own or don’t feel like towing?  Enjoy a beautiful camping experience without the hassle of towing and hooking up.  Rent a travel trailer from CRUISE AMERICA

They offer many packages from Spring to Fall in their beautiful and clean Travel trailers.  They will park the trailer for you and all you have to do is show up.


Ready to make camping memories and have a hassle free stay? Paradise shore rents travel has rental trailers ready to go! Find out more at Paradise Shores.


International airports near Bridgeport, CA

108 miles: Reno, NV (RNO / KRNO) Reno-Tahoe International Airport
156 miles: Oakland, CA (OAK / KOAK) Oakland International Airport
182 miles: San Jose, CA (SJC / KSJC) Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
193 miles: Sacramento, CA (SMF / KSMF) Sacramento International Airport

Domestic airports near Bridgeport, CA

56 miles: Mammoth Lakes, CA (MMH / KMMH) Mammoth Yosemite Airport
108 miles: Reno, NV (RNO / KRNO) Reno-Tahoe International Airport
124 miles: Stockton, CA (SCK / KSCK) Stockton Metropolitan Airport
155 miles: Merced, CA (MCE / KMCE) Merced Regional Airport
156 miles: Oakland, CA (OAK / KOAK) Oakland International Airport
182 miles: San Jose, CA (SJC / KSJC) Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
193 miles: Sacramento, CA (SMF / KSMF) Sacramento International Airport

Local airports near Bridgeport, CA

58 miles: Groveland, CA (OYS) Pine Mountain Lake
59 miles: Minden, NV (MEV / KMEV) Minden-Tahoe Airport
61 miles: South Lake Tahoe, CA (TVL / KTVL) Lake Tahoe Airport
66 miles: Columbia, CA (COA) Columbia Airport
70 miles: Dayton, NV (A34) Dayton Valley Airpark
70 miles: Carson City, NV (WWB) Carson
75 miles: Hawthorne, NV (HTH / KHTH) Hawthorne Industrial Airport
77 miles: Bishop, CA (BIH / KBIH) Eastern Sierra Regional Airport
83 miles: Gabbs, NV (GAB / KGAB) Gabbs Airport
85 miles: Carson City, NV (CSN) Carson City Nv



Looking for the perfect base camp? Check out Twin Lake Resort, they’ll help you enjoy the fun of camping and a cozy bed ad night! 




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