Lake Alpine Campground

Stanislaus National Forest

Lake Alpine

Campsite at Lake Alpine Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Lake Alpine Campground

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

Visitors Lake Alpine Campground in the Stanislaus National Forest in Calaveras County find a wide range of activities and attractions.

  • Enjoy fishing in the Stanislaus River and nearby lakes such as Lake Alpine and Spicer Meadow Reservoir.
  • Set out on hiking trails such as the path up to Inspiration Point or along the Arnold Rim Trail and various others leading off Highway 4.
  • Take advantage of great OHV routes at places such as Rattlesnake Creek and Black Springs.
  • Spend the day kayaking at one of the many lakes.
  • Take off mountain biking along the network of logging roads.

Places to Visit

  • Tour historic Murphys.
  • Picnic at White Pines Lake and tour the Logging Museum.
  • Drive out to Spicer, Union, and Utica reservoirs.
  • Visit Quyle Kilns, 4 miles east of Murphys.
  • Tour Mercer Caverns and Moaning Cavern.
  • Try some wine tasting at Ironstone Winery.

Lake Alpine Campground

Lake Alpine Campground is perhaps the most popular camping destination along the Ebbetts Pass corridor. Situated next to the beautiful mountain lake, campsites are within walking distance of fishing, swimming, and boating. A boat ramp is nearby along with a small store and restaurant at Lake Alpine Resort. The speed limit on the lake is 10 MPH. Lake Alpine's water can be very cold and swimmers should use extreme caution. Children should wear life jackets.

As soon as Lake Alpine Campground opens in late May, sites begin to fill up. The 25 sites are first come, first served, suitable for tents and small RVs or trailers.

Lake Alpine Campground Basics
Lake Alpine Campground Location: Off Highway 4, fifty miles east of Angels Camp
Elevation: 7,300 feet
Miles/Driving time: Stockton - 100 miles, 2:05
Campground Open: Late-May through October
Number of Sites: 25
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2, fee for 2nd vehicle
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Lake Alpine Campground Inc. for Stanislaus National Forest
Calaveras Ranger District: (209) 795-1381

No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: 27 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $25
Check-in, check-out: Any time, Noon

Lake Alpine Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water; no hook-ups
Showers: Nearby at Lake Alpine Resort
Dump Station: No
Attractions near Lake Alpine Campground: Enjoy Lake Alpine for boating fishing, and swimming. Hike on nearby trails into the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. Make the hike to the top of Inspiration Point or hike around the lake. Visit Lake Alpine Resort for supplies and its restaurant. Drive down to Bear Valley for shops and restaurants. Head up Ebbetts Pass, touring Mosquito Lakes, Pacific Grade Summit, and the dramatic eastern side of the pass.

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