South Lake is a popular fishing and boating destination, fed by Bishop Creek, a 10.1-mile-long stream in Inyo County, California. The creek is the largest tributary of the Owens River. It has five hydroelectric plants owned by Southern California Edison.
Bishop Creek has three forks, North, Middle and South. All have their headwaters in the eastern Sierra Nevada, near the border with Fresno County. The forks all flow into lakes while still at high elevations. The North Fork flows into North Lake, the Middle Fork flows into Lake Sabrina. The South Fork flows into South Lake and continues through the community of South Fork (aka Habbeger's) and then joins the Middle Fork. Bishop Creek then begins its steep descent to the Owens Valley, flowing past the city of Bishop before its confluence with the Owens River.
The creek was named after Owens Valley settler Samuel Addison Bishop.
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