Pardoes Point Campground

Lower Bear River Reservoir

Lower Bear River Reservoir

Pardoes Point Campground, Lower Bear River Reservoir, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Pardoes Point Campground

Eldorado National Forest Attractions

Campers at Pardoes Point Campground in the Eldorado National Forest on Carson Pass find many wonderful places to explore.

  • Launch your boat into Bear River Reservoir.
  • Take in the scenery of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and rushing mountain streams.
  • Drive out to Blue Lakes for great fishing and hiking.
  • 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.
  • Mountain bike along a network of logging roads.

Key Pardoes Point Campground Regulations

  1. Keep dogs on leash at all times.
  2. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings.
  3. To avoid problems with bears. please store all foods, soap, and garbage in bear boxes.

Pardoes Point Campground

Pardoes Point Campground is located on the south shore of Lower Bear River Reservoir in the Eldorado National Forest. The tent-only campground is 4 miles south of Highway 88 on Bear River Road. Visitors to the campground are often interested in launching fishing boats into Lower Bear River Reservoir. A boat ramp is nearby. Adventurous campers hike to the upper Bear River Reservoir or enjoy horseback riding up the Long Valley Trail.

Pardoes Point Campground has 10 tent-only campsites. Site #10., which is adjacent to the boat ramp, is a double site for up to 12 people. A parking area at the campground is dedicated for campers hiking into Camp Winton, a Boy Scout Camp.

Pardoes Point Campground Basics
Pardoes Point Campground Location: South shore of Lower Bear River Reservoir, 4 miles off Hwy. 88
Elevation: 5,900 feet
Miles from gateway city: Sacramento - 88 miles
Campground Open: May through mid-November
Number of Sites: 10
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (fee for extra vehicle)
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

No Reservations first-come, first-served
ADA Accessible Sites: #1, 3, 4, 5. 6, 10; accessible restrooms
Favorite Campsites: #3, 5, 8
Fees: $22 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Pardoes Point Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grills
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: Available at Bear River Lake Resort (fee)
Dump Station: Available at Bear River Lake Resort (fee)
Campground Map: Pardoes Point Campground Map
Attractions near Pardoes Point Campground: Take advantage of Lower Bear River Reservoir for fishing and boating. Try horseback riding or OHV. Visit the Bear River Lake Resort for boat rentals, restaurant, and bar. Drive out to Salt Springs Reservoir or up to Silver Lake, Caples Lake, and Kirkwood.

General Camping Information

When making reservations be sure that your vehicle will fit in the space indicated on the reservations website.
For campground purposes, a vehicle is any equipment that is required to be licensed/registered. This includes RVs, trailers, cars/trucks, boat/car trailer, motorcycle/atv, etc. Vehicles parked in a truck or on a trailer are not counted separately.

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