Silver Valley Campground

Stanislaus National Forest

Lake Alpine

Campsite at Silver Valley Campground, Lake Alpine, CA

Silver Valley Campground

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

Visitors to Silver Valley Campground at Lake Alpine are close to many outdoor activities and adventures.

  • 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 from Lake Alpine 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

  • Visit nearby Bear Valley for mountain bike or kayak rentals and the Bear Valley Music Festival in late July and early August.
  • 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.

Silver Valley Campground

Silver Valley Campground is located at the east end of Lake Alpine in the Stanislaus National Forest. The campground is adjacent to Pine Marten Campground and less than a quarter mile from the lake. Fishing, swimming, and boating are nearby. A boat launch ramp is located on the north side of the lake. The speed limit on Lake Alpine is 10 MPH.

During the summer interpretive programs are offered at nearby Lake Alpine Campground's amphitheater. They also have guided nature walks and children's programs. Lake Alpine's water can be very cold and swimmers should use extreme caution. Children should wear life jackets.

Silver Valley Campground Basics
Silver Valley Campground Location: Off Highway 4 at Lake Alpine, 51 miles east of Angels Camp
Elevation: 7,380 feet
Miles/Driving time: Stockton - 101 miles, 2:14
Campground Open: Late-May through October
Number of Sites: 21
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: $18 per night
Check-in, check-out: Any time, Noon

Silver Valley Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Nearby at Lake Alpine Resort
Dump Station: No
Attractions near Silver Valley Campgroiund: Enjoy beautiful 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.

Lake Alpine map, showing Silver Valley Campground, CA

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