Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve


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Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve


Location:On Highway 395, 13 miles east of Yosemite National Park, near the town of Lee Vining.
Facilities:Trails, picnic areas.
Activities:Hiking, swimming, boating, cross-country skiing, wildlife viewing, guided tours.
Special Features:Surrounded by the Sierra Crest, volcanoes, and the Great Basin desert, the Reserve offers spectacular scenery, including unusual tufa formations that have developed under the lake's surface. These "tufa towers" are calcium-carbonate spires and knobs formed by interaction of freshwater springs and alkaline lake water. The ancient Mono Lake, more than a million years old, is one of the oldest in North America and is about 2.5 times as salty and 80 times as alkaline as the ocean.
Address:PO Box 99
Lee Vining, CA 93541

Phone:760-647-6331
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=514
Size: 55,300 acres.

See other parks in California.
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References in periodicals archive ?
Fish and Wildlife Service (with interests in the Mono Basin creeks and fisheries), the California Department of Fish and Game (concerned with wildlife impacts), the California Department of Parks and Recreation (responsible for the Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve), the State Lands Commission (responsible for state land resources), and the California Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (charged with managing compliance with the Clean Air Act and other air quality controls).
For an overview, you might stop first in Lee Vining; the office of the three-year-old Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve (cooperatively managed with the BLM) is off U.S.
Since 1982 he has shared the unit ranger position at Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve with his wife.