The community of Crowley Lake sits high above the lake and boasts beautiful views of the water and Long Valley. Fishing, boat rentals, seasonal watersports and wintering bald eagles and waterfowl make Crowley Lake popular with anglers, water skiers, and bird watchers alike. The small town of Crowley offers a number of services including lodging, campground & RV park, dining, a general store and gas station, as well as a public library.
It was at Crowley Lake about 700,000 years ago, that massive volcanic eruptions flattened a volcano and sent hot ash and debris pouring down to the Owen's Valley. In more recent times the area was a vast meadowland, until 1941 when the City of Los Angeles built the Long Valley Dam and created Crowley Lake. Today Crowley Lake is the focal point of Mono County's fishing season opening day, and its marina stays busy from late spring into fall.