Pineknot Campground

Big Bear Lake - San Bernardino National Forest


Big Bear Lake


Big Bear Lake
Attractions and Activities

Big Bear Lake is a popular mountain destination for those in the greater Los Angeles area and around the state. Those who camp at Pineknot Campground are close to the lake and to Snow Summit Ski Area.

  • Explore the lake's shoreline by paddleboard, canoe, or kayak.
  • In the summer Snow Summit has scenic Sky Chairlift rides, sight-seeing, hiking, mountain biking, and golf.
  • Take advantage of nearby boat rentals and get out on the lake for fishing, wakeboarding, and waterskiing.
  • Find out about everything around the area at the Big Bear Discovery Center
  • Find outstanding mountain biking and road cycling opportunities in the area.
  • Head out for fun at Alpine Slide. They have an alpine slide, a water slide, go-karts, and miniature golf.
  • Trail rides at Baldwin Lake Stables
  • Drop in to the Big Bear Historical Museum.
  • Play a set or two of tennis or a round of golf.
  • For even more excitement, head out to Action Zipline Tours.

Key Pineknot Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be on leash and always attended.
  2. To avoid problems with bears, secure food in bear-proof lockers.
  3. Help prevent the spread of invasive insects by obtaining firewood locally.
  4. Campfires may only be lit in provided fire rings.
  5. Quiet Hours extend from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

Pineknot Campground

Pineknot Campground is in the San Bernardino National Forest, a short distance outside the southern limits of the town of Big Bear, about 1 mile from Big Bear Lake. Campsites are set in a mixed fir, pine, and oak forest. Pineknot Campground is best suited for tents, although it can accommodate trailers and RVs.

Sites must be reserved ahead time; there are no first-come, first served sites. Pineknot Campground is popular with mountain bikers who take advantage of the chairlifts at nearby Snow Summit Ski Resort. Boating, waterskiing, swimming, and fishing are all favorite activities at Big Bear Lake.

Pineknot Campground Basics
Pineknot Campground Location: Immediately south of the town of Big Bear
Elevation: 7,000 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 105 miles east of Los Angeles - 2:10
Number of Campsites: 47
Open - Closed: May - October
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicles, 2nd vehicle $5
Pets: On leash, always attended
Big Bear Discovery Center: (909) 382-2790

Reservations at Pineknot Campground
Reservations required: Yes, whenever open
Booking Window: from 1 day up to 6 months in advance of arrival
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 40 feet, back in
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Favorite Campsites: #16, 19, 26, 31, 45, 47
Fees: standard sites $27
  ($29 on holiday weekends)
Reservations: Pineknot Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Pineknot Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, - no hook-ups
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: at Serrano Campground
Dump station: at Serrano Campground, $10
Attractions near Pineknot Campground: Take advantage of Big Bear lake for wakeboarding, fishing, and swimming. Visit the Big Bear Discover Center. Ride up the Snow Summit Ski Lift for mountain biking, sight-seeing, to jump-start hiking trips.

General Camping Information

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.

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