High Desert Memories - A Hometown Journal Commemorating Ridgecrest California
Convict Lake
  A beatiful lake in a very scenic location, Convict Lake boasts some very good fishing  along with the river that feeds it. 
The fish and game department plants this lake and the stream regularly with pan size trout and also breeding stock of fair proportions. 
Convict Lake got its name from an incident which happened in the mid 1850's.  29 convicts escaped from the Nevada Territorial Prison.  They were seen at Convict Lake where they killed a mail carrier and proceeded on southward.  They were eventually imprisoned again except for one who escaped and was never seen again.

If you like beautiful surroundings and camping and hiking this place is for you.  Add to that there is a 4 star restaurant located on the lake for that evening out.