Bear River Group Campground

Lower Bear River Reservoir

Bear River Group Campground

Sign at Bear River Group Campground, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Eldorado National Forest Attractions

Visitors to the Bear River Group Campground in the Eldorado National Forest on Carson Pass find many wonderful places to explore.

  • Launch your boat into Bear River Reservoir.
  • Fish and boat on Silver Lake and Caples Lake.
  • Visit Kirkwood for both winter and summer activities from skiing to mountain biking.
  • Enjoy a meal at Kit Carson Lodge or Caples Lake Resort.
  • Discover the beauty of Hope Valley and visit famous Sorensen's Resort for lodging, meals, and activities.
  • Drive out to Blue Lakes for fishing, hiking, and horse back riding.
  • Hike into the Mokelumne Wilderness.
  • Take in the scenery of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and rushing mountain streams.
  • Mountain bike along a network of logging roads.

Key Bear River Group Campground Regulations

  1. To avoid problems with bears. please store all foods, soap, and garbage in bear boxes.
  2. Keep dogs on leash at all times.
  3. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings.
  4. Park all vehicles in the parking lot except when unloading or loading at the camping area.

Bear River Group Campground

Bear River Group Campground is located 1 mile from the south shore of Lower Bear River Reservoir in the Eldorado National Forest. The campground is 4 miles south of Highway 88 on Bear River Road. Lower Bear River Reservoir is popular for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Nearby trails lead to the upper Bear River Reservoir and beyond into Long Valley.

Bear River Group Campground has 4 sites - Kokanee, Junco, Chipmunk, and Smokey. Kokanee can accommodate up to 50 people while the other three can hold up to 25 people. All the campsites at Bear River Group Campground are moderately accessible.

Campground Basics
Bear River Group Campground Location: South shore of Lower Bear River Reservoir, 4 miles off Hwy. 88
Elevation: 6,000 feet
Miles from gateway city: Sacramento - 89 miles
Campground Open: Mid-June through early October
Number of Sites: 4
Max. People per Site: 25 and 50
Vehicles per Site: not indicated
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Sierra Recreation Managers, for the Eldorado National Forest
Amador Ranger District: (209) 295-4251

Reservations available whenever campground is open
Booking Window: from 4 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival
Maximum Vehicle Length: 35 feet
Accessible Sites: all sites "moderately accessible"
Fees: $75 per night
Kokanee $150 per night
Reservations: Bear River Group Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Bear River Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, serving tables, wash stand, stoves, fire ring, food storage locker
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: Available at Bear River Lake Resort (fee)
Dump Station: Available at Bear River Lake Resort (fee)
Campground Map: Bear Group Campground Map
Attractions near Bear River Group Campground: Enjoy Lower Bear River Reservoir for fishing, boating. Try nearby horseback riding, and OHV. Visit Bear River Lake Resort for boat rentals, restaurant, and bar.
Drive to Salt Springs Reservoir, Silver Lake, Caples Lake,or Kirkwood.

Bear River Group Campground, Eldorado National Forest, CA

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