Deer Group Campground

Big Bear Lake - San Bernardino National Forest

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake
Attractions and Activities

Groups that visit beautiful Big Bear find many wonderful attractions. At Deer Group Campground groups enjoy a nice setting less than 3 miles from the lake.

  • Head out for a day of mountain biking or road cycling.
  • In the summer Snow Summit has scenic Sky Chairlift rides, sight-seeing, hiking, mountain biking, and golf.
  • Be sure to drop in at the Big Bear Discovery Center for complete information about forest activities.
  • 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.

Key Deer Group Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be on leash no longer than 6 feet and always attended.
  2. Avoid problems with bears by keeping food in bear-proof places.
  3. Campfires are only permitted in provided fire rings.
  4. Quiet Hours are from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

Deer Group Campground

Deer Group Campground is in the San Bernardino National Forest, 2½ miles south of the town of Big Bear at Big Bear Lake. The campground is located in a mature pine forest with plenty of shade and privacy. At Big Bear Lake visitors enjoy boating, waterskiing, swimming, and fishing. Nearby Snow Summit ski area has summer chairlift rides, hiking, and mountain biking.

Deer Group Campground can accommodate up to 40 people with tents or RVs. Reservations are required. There is no potable water nor trash pick up at the campground. Campers must pack out their own trash.

Deer Group Campground Basics
Deer Group Campground Location: South of the town of Big Bear
Elevation: 7,600 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 120 miles east of Los Angeles - 2:24
Number of Campsites: 1
Open - Closed: mid-May through 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 Deer 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: 30 feet, access via dirt road
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $120 per night ($130 on holiday weekends)
reservations: Deer Group Campground
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Deer Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: 5 Picnic tables, 1 double pedestal grill, - no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, but no water and no trash pick up
Showers: at Serrano Campground
Dump station: at Serrano Campground, $10
Attractions near Deer Group Campground: Head over to Big Bear Lake with fishing, boating, and interpretive programs. Stop at the Big Bear Discovery Center. Hike the Seven Oaks Trail. Go to nearby Snow Summit Ski Lift for mountain biking, sight-seeing, and hiking starts.

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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