Sugar Pine Point Campground

Lower Bear River Reservoir

Lower Bear River Reservoir

Sugar Pine Point Campground, Lower Bear River Reservoir, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Sugar Pine Point Campground

Eldorado National Forest Attractions

Visitors to the Sugar Pine Point Campground in the Eldorado National Forest at Bear River Reservoir find many wonderful places to explore.

  • Launch your boat into Bear River Reservoir.
  • 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.
  • Hike into the Mokelumne Wilderness.
  • Take in the scenery of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and rushing mountain streams.

Key Sugar Pine Point Campground Regulations

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

Sugar Pine Point Campground

Sugar Pine Point Campground is on the north shore of Lower Bear River Reservoir in the Eldorado National Forest. The campground is 5½ miles south of Highway 88 via Bear River Road and Forest Road 8N20. Lower Bear River Reservoir is popular for boating, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Despite cold water, some water skiers are seen out on the lake. Nearby trails lead to the upper Bear River Reservoir and beyond into Long Valley.

Sugar Pine Point Campground has 8 tent-only campsites. Two of them are double sites. There is no potable water at the campground. Campers should bring water or filter the lake water using proper filters.

Sugar Pine Point Campground Basics
Sugar Pine Point Campground Location: North shore of Lower Bear River Reservoir, 5½ miles off Hwy. 88
Elevation: 5,900 feet
Miles from gateway city: Sacramento - 88 miles
Campground Open: May through mid-November
Number of Sites: 8
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 available first come, first served
Accessible Sites: #1, 5-9; accessible toilet
Favorite Campsites: #2, 4, 9
2-family campsites: #8
Fees: $20 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Sugar Pine Point Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grills
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: Available at Bear River Lake Resort (fee)
Dump Station: Available at Bear River Lake Resort (fee)
Campground Map: Sugar Pine Point Campground Map
Attractions near Sugar Pine Point Campground: Enjoy Lower Bear River Reservoir for fishing and boating. Try horseback riding or OHV. Visit Bear River Lake Resort for boat rentals, restaurant, and bar. Drive out to Salt Springs Reservoir, or 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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