A black and white photo of the small town of Lee Vining, taken from a hill above, showing about 30 homes and shops with Mono Lake and black Negit Island and white Paoha Island, and the full moon rising in the distance.

Human History

The Mono Lake story, as it relates to excessive water diversions by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and the Mono Lake Committee, is by no means the only celebrated human story in the Mono Basin.

Visit Mono Lake from Home

Watch The Mono Lake Story film

Learn more about the natural and political history of Mono Lake.

Self-guided tour of South Tufa

Learn about Mono Lake on your own schedule and at your own pace.

Live Mono Lake webcams

See multiple live views of Mono Lake from wherever you are.

Top photo courtesy of Jim Stimson.