August 20 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Discover bubbling springs, alkali flies, brine shrimp, underwater tufa towers, migrating birds, and crystalline waters, all from the unique vantage point of a canoe.
Guided canoe tours provide a unique look into the ecology and geology of this high desert lake. No canoe experience is necessary and we provide all the equipment. Our experienced canoe guides will share with you some of Mono Lake’s unusual natural history as well as the story about efforts to protect this nearly million-year-old lake. Advance reservations are required.
Date: Saturdays and Sundays at 8:00am*, 9:30am*, and 11:00am*
*These are tour departure times. You must park at South Tufa 45 minutes before your scheduled tour time.
Price: $35 each for ages 13 and older and $20 for kids under 13. Sorry, no kids under age 4 allowed. No pets allowed.
- Plan to park at South Tufa 45 minutes before your tour launch time. We cannot accommodate late-comers. Scroll down to view a map.
- The canoe tours launch from Navy Beach, approximately a 15-minute walk from South Tufa. The sandy footpath to Navy Beach is located immediately to your right as you enter the South Tufa parking lot. There will be a hand-painted white sign indicating the trail.
- Please be prepared with sturdy water shoes. You may get wet up to the knee.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to South Tufa?
From Highway 395 turn onto Highway 120 East (located five miles south of Lee Vining and 25 miles north of Mammoth Lakes). Follow the signs for South Tufa. Drive five miles on Highway 120 East and turn left at the sign for South Tufa. Continue straight onto a one-mile-long gravel road and park in the South Tufa parking lot. Plan to park at South Tufa 45 minutes before your tour launch time.
Do I have to pay for parking?
Parking is free for canoe tour participants. There will be a white and green hand-painted Canoe Tours sign on your immediate right as you enter the parking lot. You must collect your free canoe tour parking pass from the envelope on the back of the sign and display it on your dashboard to receive free parking.
Where do the canoe tours launch from?
The canoe tours launch from Navy Beach, approximately a 15-minute walk from South Tufa. The sandy footpath to Navy Beach is located immediately to your right as you enter the South Tufa parking lot. There will be a hand-painted white sign indicating the unpaved trail. When you arrive at Navy Beach, check in at the silver Mono Lake Committee Toyota truck.
What should I bring for the tour?
In addition to sturdy water shoes (Chacos, Tevas, or other water sandals), please bring sun protection (sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses), plenty of drinking water, and a plastic bag or dry bag to keep your camera or binoculars from getting wet.
What is the canoe tour cancellation policy?
If you’d like to cancel your reservation, you must call (760) 647-6595 at least 24 hours in advance of your canoe tour launch time in order to receive a refund. If you cancel within 24 hours, or arrive late and miss your tour, you will be charged for the full amount.
What if there is inclement weather?
There is a chance that your canoe tour will be cancelled due to unsafe wind conditions on the lake. The decision to cancel a tour is made at the time of the tour in response to conditions on the lake, so unfortunately we cannot notify you in advance. If a canoe tour is cancelled due to wind, you will receive a full refund and a free walking tour will be offered instead.