Bluff Mesa Group Campground

Big Bear Lake - San Bernardino National Forest

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake
Attractions and Activities

Groups camping at Big Bear find a range of activities and scenic places to visit. Campers at Bluff Mesa Group Campground have privacy of a secluded camp on a few miles from the lake.

  • Have fun at Alpine Slide. They have an alpine slide, a water slide, go-karts, and miniature golf.
  • Trail rides at Baldwin Lake Stables
  • Tour the fascinating Big Bear Historical Museum.
  • Play tennis and golf.
  • For even more excitement, head out to Action Zipline Tours.
  • Find plenty of boat rentals for fishing and water skiing at Big Bear Lake.
  • Head out on the lake paddleboarding, canoeing, and kayaking.
  • Set out for an adventure mountain biking or road cycling.
  • Summer at Snow Summit has scenic Sky Chairlift rides, sight-seeing, hiking, mountain biking, and golf.
  • Visit the Big Bear Discovery Center for complete information about forest activities.
  • Find hiking trails to various destinations in the area and connect to the Pacific Crest Trail.

Key Bluff Mesa Group Campground Regulations

  1. Prevent problems with bears by securing food in bear-proof places.
  2. Campfires may only be lit in provided fire rings.
  3. Quiet Hours extend from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
  4. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.

Bluff Mesa Group Campground

Bluff Mesa Group Campground is in the San Bernardino National Forest, southwest of Big Bear Lake. By trail it is a 2½-mile hike to the lake. By road, about 6 miles via Mill Creek Road. Big Bear Lake offers swimming, boating, waterskiing, and fishing. Mountain biking and hiking are popular activities in the area.

Bluff Mesa Group Campground is in a scattered conifer forest with meadows nearby. The group campground can accommodate up to 40 people with tents or RVs. Reservations are required. There is no potable water available at the campground.

Bluff Mesa Group Campground Basics
Bluff Mesa Group Campground Location: 6 miles on Mill Creek Road from Big Bear Lake
Elevation: 7,650 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 124 miles east of Los Angeles - 2:34
Number of Campsites: 1
Open - Closed: mid-May to mid-October
Max. People per Site: 40
Vehicles per Site: 8
Pets: On leash, always attended
Big Bear Discovery Center: (909) 382-2790

Reservations at Bluff Mesa Group Campground
Reservations required whenever campground is open
Booking Window: from 4 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 45 feet, coming in on dirt road
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $120 per night ($130 over holiday weekends)
reservations: Bluff Mesa Group Campground
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Bluff Mesa Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, fire rings, - no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets - no water
Showers: at Serrano Campground
Dump station: at Serrano Campground, $10
Attractions near Bluff Mesa Group Campground: Explore Castle Rock and try a little rock climbing. Head out hiking on a trail to the lake. Go mountain biking on local dirt roads. Enjoy Big Bear Lake with fishing, boating, and interpretive programs.

General Camping Information for
National Forests

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

Campgrounds without Potable Water

The lack of drinking water at a campground can be an inconvenience, especially for those without an RV or travel trailer. The obvious solution is to bring along a 5 or 7 gallon water canister to use for drinking water, dish washing, and even teeth brushing.

Another solution to consider is to use a quality water filter to filter water from a nearby stream or lake, a process backpackers use all the time. While hand pump filters work well, they can become tiresome. A gravity flow filter is really the best solution for campground use. Simply fill the reservoir with water, hang it from a tree limb, and enjoy clean water filling your water jug at a rate of almost ½ gallon a minute.

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