Bear River Reservoir Area Campgrounds

Eldorado National Forest





Bear River Reservoir Area Campgrounds

Lower Bear River Reservoir is often overlooked by visitors heading up Carson Pass, yet the lake has more campgrounds than any other location along Highway 88. National Forest campgrounds, including a group campground, are situated around the lake. Also camping is available at Bear River Lake Resort. The lake is a favorite for fishermen, boaters, waterskiers, and hikers.

map of Bear River Reservoir area campgrounds on Carson Pass, CA

South Shore Campground

Located at an elevation of 5,900 feet, 40 miles east of Jackson, 3.5 miles off Highway 88 on Bear River Road. On the south shore of Lower Bear River Reservoir. Usually open from mid-May to mid-October.

Campground Amenities

  • 22 camp sites for tents, trailers and RVs up to 40 feet
  • Vault toilets, piped water, picnic tables, grills, fire rings
  • Boating, fishing, swimming at Lower Bear River Reservoir


Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or Recreation.gov - South Shore Campground
Fees: $22 per night for 6 people and 2 vehicles
South Shore Campground Map

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Pardoes Point Campground

Located at an elevation of 6,000 feet, 40 miles east of Jackson and 4 miles off Highway 88 on Bear River Road. Usually open from May 1 to mid-November.

Campground Amenities

  • 10 camp sites for tents
  • Vault toilets, piped water, picnic tables, grills, fire rings
  • Swimming, fishing, picnicking, hiking, car-top boat launch


Reservations: None
Fees: $22 per night for 6 people and 2 vehicles
Pardoes Point Campground Map

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Sugar Pine Point Campground

Located at an elevation of 6,000 feet, 40 miles east of Jackson and 2.5 miles off Highway 88 on Bear River Road. Then 3 miles east on Forest Road 8N20. On the north shore of Lower Bear river Reservoir. Usually open from May 1 to mid-November.

Campground Amenities

  • 8 camp sites for tents
  • Vault toilets, no water, picnic tables, fire rings
  • Swimming, fishing, picnicking


Reservations: None
Fees: $20 per night for 6 people and 2 vehicles
Sugar Pine Point Campground Map

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Bear River Group Campground

Located at an elevation of 6,000 feet, 40 miles east of Jackson and then 2.5 miles off Highway 88 on Bear River Road. Then go right (west) at the Y across the dam and travel 2 miles. About 1.3 miles to south shore of Lower Bear River Reservoir. Usually open from mid-June to early October.

Campground Amenities

  • 4 group camp sites: Kokanee holds 50 people and Junco, Chipmunk, and Smokey each hold 25
  • Vault toilets, piped water, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, bear boxes
  • Swimming, fishing, picnicking, hiking


Reservations: Required. (877) 444-6777 or
Recreation.gov - Bear River Group Campground
Fees: $150 for Kokanee (1-50 people), $75 for each of the other sites (3-25 people)
Bear River Group Campground Map

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Bear River Lake Resort Camping

Bear River Lake Resort, on the shore of Lower Bear River Reservoir, offers camping and cabins, water skiing and fishing, hiking and various outdoor sports. At an elevation of 5,800 feet, Lower Bear River Reservoir is often open before any of the other large lakes higher on the pass.

40800 Highway 88, Pioneer, CA
(209) 295-4868   Bear River Lake Resort

Resort Amenities

  • Restaurant and bar, store, beach
  • Campground and cabin rentals, dump station, showers, laundromat, playground
  • Marina with boat rentals, launch ramp, gas, and berthing.

For more information about boat rental rates and boating at Lower Bear River Reservoir, see Carson Pass Boating.

Day Use: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, boat launch fee $10, use of beach and picnic area $5

Accommodations

Campgrounds
All campsites include power (15 amp), water, picnic tables, fire fits, flush toilet bathrooms, showers.
Rates for 1 vehicle and 4 people: $33 per night for standard site, $49.50 for extra large site (weekly and monthly rates available).
Cabins
Sleep 4, bedroom and living room, linens and blankets provided, full baths, kitchens.
Rates: $117 for a single night, $102 per night for 2 or more nights, $612 per week.

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