Pine Grove Campgrounds

Inyo National Forest

Rock Creek Lake

Pine Grove Campground,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Upper Pine Grove Campground

Southern Eastern Sierra
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Eastern Sierra enjoy magnificent scenery, excellent fishing, and a variety of places to explore. Campers at Pine Grove Campground are along Rock Creek and close to wonderful Rock Creek Lake. Many other attractions are nearby.

  • Find great fishing at Convict Lake, Rock Creek Lake, and Lake Crowley.
  • On your way out, stop in McGee Creek Lodge for baked goodies, breakfast, or lunch.
  • Visit McGee Creek Pack Station for trail rides or fishing pack trips.
  • Enjoy a day at Rock Creek Lake's beach area for swimming.
  • Hike up Big Pine Creek past waterfalls to actor Lon Chaney's wilderness cabin and Big Pine Lakes.
  • Fish for trout in popular Bishop Creek or nearby Lake Sabrina and South Lake.
  • Find excellent fishing at Convict Lake, Rock Creek Lake, and Lake Crowley.
  • Enjoy interesting hiking trails leading into the Sierra Nevada.
  • Head to the Rock Creek area for challenging mountain biking trails.
  • Go on a trail ride with Rock Creek Pack Station or near Lake Sabrina and North Lake see Bishop Pack Outfitters.
  • Find great fishing at Convict Lake, Rock Creek Lake, and Lake Crowley.
  • Spend days fishing and hiking among the beautiful Mammoth Lakes.
  • Take a day hike up the trail into Little Lakes Valley at Rock Creek.

Key Pine Grove Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be always kept on leash and always attended. No more than 2 pets are allowed per campsite.
  2. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings. Collect only down and dead firewood.
  3. Avoid problems with bears by storing food and scented items in bear-proof lockers.
  4. Quiet Hours extend from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
  5. Generators are not permitted to be run during quiet hours; otherwise, observe a three-hour maximum run time. Generators must be attended while running.
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Pine Grove Campgrounds

Pine Grove Campgrounds (both Upper Pine Grove and Pine Grove) are side by side along Rock Creek in the Inyo National Forest, 1¼ miles downstream from beautiful Rock Creek Lake. The campgrounds are 8 miles west of Toms Place on Highway 395.

Rock Creek Lake is popular for fishing, especially for planted Alpers trout. A day use area at the southeastern end of the lake is a wonderful spot for swimming and fishing from shore. Boats launched into the lake are limited to 5 MPH. Three miles up the road at Mosquito Flat, trails lead into Little Lakes Valley. Within 2½ miles the main trail passes a half dozen lakes and many ponds. Rising at the head of the valley are the jagged summits of Bear Creek Spire, Mt. Dade, and Mt. Abbott.

Pine Grove Campgrounds combine for a total of 19 campsites for very small RVs, trailers, and tents. Eight campsites are at Upper Pine Grove and 11 are at lower Pine Grove. Some of the campsites are close to Rock Creek. In the fall the aspens provide a colorful display all along the valley. The maximum length of stay here is 7 days.

Pine Grove Campgrounds Basics
Pine Grove Campgrounds Location: Rock Creek Road, 8 miles west of Highway 395 at Toms Place
Elevation: 9,300 feet
Mileage from major cities: 298 miles north of Los Angeles
188 miles south of Reno.
Number of Campsites: 19
Open - Closed: Mid-May through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicles, 2nd vehicle $7
Maximum Length of Stay: 21 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Recreation Resource Management for Inyo National Forest
Information - Inyo NF, Bishop (760) 873-2400

No Reservations First come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 16 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $25 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Pine Grove Campgrounds Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, bear-proof food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Pine Grove Campgrounds: Head to Rock Creek Lake for fishing, boating, and swimming. Use the unimproved boat launch ramp. Rock Creek Lake Resort has a store, cabin rentals, boat rentals, and a popular cafe. Drive 14 miles to Crowley Lake. Stroll along easy hiking trails into Little Lakes Valley. Or hike to Hilton Lakes and other John Muir Wilderness destinations. Rock Creek Pack Station has trail rides, pack trips and other activities.

General Camping Information

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. Purchase firewood locally to avoid spreading pests.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

Pine Grove Campground, Rock Creek  Inyo National Forest, CA

Lower Pine Grove Campground

Map of Campgrounds along Rock Creek in the Inyo National Forest, including Pine Grove Campground, CA


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