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I Will Be backpacking the Dinkey lakes, western Sierras area in mid June. I have read this area in known for a lot of bugs.
 Question: Which lakes / Campsites are better for avoiding the Bugs ?
We will be there for 3or 4 nights and will be trying to camp in areas were the bugs will be most tolerable.
 
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Stay away from lakes, streams, ponds early morning dew on willlows.  Better yet if you can find a close in ridge with a light breeze.  Sleep there  3mph breeze and they can't fly accurately.

They like early evenings and early mornings just before sunset/riise.  I've heard they like blue.  Let the person you care less about, borrow your blue jacket. Then hang out with that person.   They are attracted to the carbon dioxide given off by mammals. If you get one in the mouth, calmly swallow it. Mention that it tickles to gross out your partners.   Good source of protein and a mainstay of a lot of animals.  Besides she is worse off than you are.

DEET will work on any lower 48 skeeters.  A drop or two in the hands warmed up with friction between the palms and spread that amount around exposed skin, hair and shoulders.  It goes a long way.  Lasts an hour.  Head net, heavier socks for ankle protection and a hooted jacket.  You probably don't need this caution but don't smoke while wearing head net.

Don't let a Sierra trip cancel out because of mosquito stories.


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Definitely higher open ridges and granite slabs. Head nets and a nicely sealable tent minimizes the hassle.
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Island Lake (a ridge backside with an exit stream) makes a good central campsite...many lakes within a few miles.

Re fishing - lots of 8 - 10 inch brooks, fun but, as the Dinkey Lakes are relatively easy to get to, bring lots of other camp foods

BTW, as it warms up, the bite cools.

Additionally, Chain Lakes (another TH but close...off Beasore Dr.) would be lots nicer, IMHO.


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Don't stay at First Dinkey. Second Dinkey is the better choice - minimal foliage, no fish, so people will move on to other lakes with fish. The mosquitoes will lurk in the grasses around the first and larger of the lakes, and the meadow gets really swampy. Stay out of grassy meadows anyway, camp on durable surfaces.

Island Lake is really popular - golden trout hybrids and rainbows live there. Rather than staying at the impacted heavily used sites around the lake, climb up the granite ridge and look for the few sandy flat spots devoid of vegetation. Let the breeze over the ridge blow the little bloodsuckers away. You get great sunset views from the top. Don't build a fire up there tho.

Swede and South lakes are really busy. So is Mystery.

For true mosquito free Sierra journeys - plan for late August or September.


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Thanks for the response and suggestions.
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