Pineknot 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.

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. The 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. The 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.

Campground Basics
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 vehicle, 2nd vehicle $5
Pets: On leash, always attended
Big Bear Discovery Center: (909) 382-2790

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
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
Nearby attractions: Big Bear Lake with fishing, boating, interpretive programs, Big Bear Discover Center, Snow Summit Ski Lift for mountain biking, sight-seeing, hiking starts

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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