Directions: From Hwy 395 take the Hot Creek Hatchery Road, located 15 mins South of Mammoth Lakes.Hot Creek is a place to marvel at geology in action. What remains of the ancient Long Valley Caldera blast is a region of fascinating geologic wonders: hot springs, fumaroles and craters.Explore the ever-changing wonders of the earth at Hot Creek.The water is heated and pressurized before it rises to the earth's surface.It is believed this journey takes around 1000 years.
Boiling water bubbling up from the creek bed, fumaroles and periodic geyser eruptions at Hot Creek attest to the chamber of hot magma which lies about three miles below the surface of the earth in this area.The steam you see along the Hot Creek drainage is created when water percolates deep into the ground and enters a complex underground plumbing system.Earthquakes can cause sudden geyser eruptions and overnight appearances of new hot springs at Hot Creek.Water temperatures can change rapidly, and so entering the water is prohibited.
Based on visual observations and growing concern about the condition of Hot Creek, Cal Trout has been working with local fly fishing guide, Kevin Peterson, and the Department of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) to assess the condition of this iconic fishery.
Cal Trout, working with DFW and Eastern Sierra Fishing Guides Association, conducted electro-shocking yesterday to get a sense of the numbers and species distribution in Hot Creek.