Bluff Mesa Group Campground

Big Bear Lake - San Bernardino National Forest

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to Big Bear enjoy a variety of activities and scenic places to visit.

Key San Bernardino National Forest Camping Regulations

  1. Bears: Secure food in bear-proof places.
  2. Fires only in fire rings
  3. Quiet Hours: 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.

The 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.

Campground Basics
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 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
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
Nearby attractions: Castle Rock, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, Big Bear Lake with fishing, boating, 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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