Tanglewood 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.

Tanglewood Group Campground

Tanglewood Group Campground is located in the San Bernardino National Forest, 8 miles north of the east end of Big Bear Lake. The tent-only campground is along the Pacific Crest Trail and set amidst a Pinyon Pine and Juniper forest. Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities. Many good OHV routes can be found nearby. At Big Bear Lake, swimming, boating, waterskiing, and fishing are all favorites.

The group campground can accommodate up to 40 people camping with tents. Reservations are required. There is no potable water, nor is there trash pick up. Campers must pack out their own trash.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Holcomb Valley Rd., 8 miles NW of Big Bear Lake
Elevation: 7,540 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 55 miles east of San Bernardino - 1:15
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 required whenever campground is open
Booking Window: from 4 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 25 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $120 per night ($130 on holiday weekends)
Reservations: Tanglewood Group Campground
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Tanglewood Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: 6 Picnic tables, 1 double pedestal grill, 1 single pedestal grill - no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, 1 group fire ring, no water
Showers: at Serrano Campground
Dump station: at Serrano Campground, $10
Nearby attractions: Gold Fever Auto Tour Trail, hiking, mountain biking, OHV, Gold Fever Trail, Big Bear Lake with fishing, boating, interpretive programs, Big Bear Discovery Center

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.

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

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