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.
5 Picnic tables, 1 double pedestal grill, - no hook-ups
Vault toilets, but no water and no trash pick up
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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.
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.