Owens Valley Conservation Camp #26

Owens Valley Conservation Camp

Contact Info

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

CDCR Camp Staff

  • Lt. W. Mathews, Camp Commander
  • Sgt. R. Dion, Assistant Camp Commander

2021 Camp Statistics

  • CDCR Staff: 10
  • Total number of inmates: 54
  • Total inmate capacity: 120

Camp History

Located approximately 10 miles northwest of Bishop, Owens Valley Conservation Camp (CC #26) was established in February 1960 with the location being proposed by the citizens of the Owens Valley. The final decision on the location of the camp was made in November with selection of a site located in the “Round Valley”, area. By September 1962, groundbreaking had commenced and the camp was officially named “Inyo-Mono Conservation Camp”. In October 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 CDCR and the California Conservation Corps. Since January 1, 1982, the camp has been operated by CDCR in conjunction with the CAL FIRE.

Camp 26 proudly serves the citizens of Inyo and Mono Counties and the State of California. Owens Valley Fire Crews have primary responsibility to provide inmate fire crews for fire suppression covering over 504,000 acres of SRA land. Crews also respond to wild land/brush fires and other natural disasters from ranging from Pearsonville to the Nevada border.

Inmate Programs

  • GED/Basic Education Programs
  • College Programs
  • Narcotics and Alcohol Anonymous meetings
  • Religious faith based services
  • Hobby Craft
  • Visiting

Community Service Projects

Owens Valley assists with numerous community projects within:

  • Bishop                                     
  • Lone Pine
  • Independence
  • Mammoth Lakes
  • Inyo County
  • Mono County
  • California Department of Fish and Game
  • LADWP

In 2020, Owens Valley Conservation Camp provided over 60,000 man hours of inmate fire suppression in California. Additionally, Camp 26 provided about 80,000 hours working on conservation projects, community beautification and other community services in the local area.