Owens Valley Conservation Camp #26

Owens Valley Conservation Camp

Contact Info

2781 S. Round Valley Road, Bishop, CA 93514
PH: (760) 387-2686

Camp Staff (CDCR)

  • Lieutenant W. Mathews, Camp Commander
  • Sergeant R. Dion, Assistant Camp Commander
  • M. Capstick , Correctional Officer
  • E. Johle, Correctional Officer
  • P. Olson, Correctional Officer
  • P. Powell, Correctional Officer
  • K. Reedy III, Correctional Officer
  • R. Romero , Correctional Officer
  • J. Billings, Correctional Officer
  • S. Thompson., Correctional Officer

2020 Camp Statistics

CDCR Staff: 10

Total number of inmates: 56

Total inmate capacity: 120

Community service projects

When not fighting fires, the inmates often perform in excess of 15,000 hours of work in community projects, and over 55,000 hours of work for State agencies in the local region. The primary work projects by the inmates include defensible space improvements, weed abatement, and maintenance of public recreation areas of the local governmental properties.

Camp History

Owens Valley Conservation Camp came into existence in February of 1960 with the location being proposed by the Citizens of Owens Valley. The final decision on the location of the Camp was made in November of that same year with selection of a site located in the “Round Valley”, an area approximately ten miles northwest of Bishop. By September of 1962 groundbreaking had commenced and the Camp was officially named “Inyo-Mono Conservation Camp”. By late October of 1963 the formal dedication and opening of the Camp was held.

Between the years of 1963 and 1982 the operating agency of the Camp varied between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California Conservation Corps. Since January 1, 1982 the Camp has been operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in conjunction with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire).

Inmate Programs

Religious services offered for Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons and Christians. Self improvement classes, Prerelease classes and GED Classes are all offered weekly.