South Shore Campground

Lower Bear River Reservoir


Lower Bear River Reservoir


South Shore Campground, Lower Bear River Reservoir, Eldorado National Forest, CA

South Shore Campground

Eldorado National Forest Attractions

Campers at South Shore Campground in the Eldorado National Forest at Bear River Reservoir find many wonderful places to explore.

  • Hike into the scenic Mokelumne Wilderness.
  • Take in the scenery of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and rushing mountain streams.
  • Launch your boat into Bear River Reservoir for some fishing or waterskiing.
  • Mountain bike along a network of logging roads.
  • 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.

Key South Shore Campground Regulations

  1. Fires are only allowed in provided fire rings.
  2. Avoid problems with bears by putting all foods, soap, and garbage in bear boxes.
  3. Keep dogs on leash and attended at all times.

South Shore Campground

South Shore Campground is located on the south shore of Lower Bear River Reservoir in the Eldorado National Forest. The campground is 3½ 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.

South Shore Campground has 22 campsites. Most can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Four sites are walk-in, tent sites. There are 3 double campsites as well as 1 triple site. Some campsites have partial views of the lake through the trees. Reservations can be made for many specific sites; other reservations are non-specific. For those reservations, sites will be assigned upon arrival.

South Shore Campground Basics
South Shore Campground Location: South shore of Lower Bear River Reservoir, 3½ miles off Hwy. 88
Elevation: 5,900 feet
Miles from gateway city: Sacramento - 88 miles
Campground Open: Mid-May through mid-October
Number of Sites: 22
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

South Shore Campground Reservations
Reservations available whenever campground is open
Booking Window: from 4 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival
Maximum Vehicle Length: 35 feet
Accessible Sites: #16, 19-22; accessible toilet
Favorite Campsites: #1, 18, 20
2-Family campsites: #1, 11, 19
Fees: $22 per night
Reservations: South Shore Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

South Shore 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: South Shore Campground Map
Attractions near South Shore Campground: Enjoy Lower Bear River Reservoir for fishing, swimming, waterskiing, and boating. Try horseback riding on nearby trails or 4-wheeling at local OHV areas. Drop in to Bear River Lake Resort for boat rentals, restaurant, and bar. Take the day to drive out to Salt Springs Reservoir or head up the pass 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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