Four people paddle in an aluminum canoe with tufa formations and gray mountain peaks streaked with snow in the distance.

Mono Lake canoe tour program canceled this year

The Mono Lake Committee’s canoe tours have been a tradition in the Eastern Sierra for more than 35 years. Canoe tours offer a unique, immersive experience where one can weave through the tufa towers, glide among flocks of Wilson’s Phalaropes, and learn the Mono Lake story from trained interpretive guides.

Public canoe tours on Mono Lake will not take place this summer, due to COVID-19 and staffing decisions made because of it. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and our decision to not bring any seasonal staff to Lee Vining this summer, we must cancel the 2020 canoe tour program.

We will continue to bring Mono Lake to you through our biweekly Mono Lake Moments and educational virtual South Tufa tours, as well as through our social media platforms. Later in the year, as it is safe to do so and following all regulations, we will invite people back to the Mono Basin. When that time comes people will be able to book a canoe tour through our custom guided trips program.

Please stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you at Mono Lake next year to continue the beloved canoe program tradition.

Top photo by Arya Harp.