Chilkoot Campground

Bass Lake


Bass Lake


Chilkoot Campground, Bass Lake, Sierra National Forest, CA

Chilkoot Campground

Bass Lake Attractions

Bass Lake, south of Yosemite in the Sierra National Forest, has long been a popular recreation area. Visitors who camp at Chilkoot Campground are several miles from the lake but still close enough to enjoy all its attractions.


Key Chilkoot Campground Regulations

  1. No more than 2 pets are permitted per campsite. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  2. All fires must be in the provided fire ring.

Chilkoot Campground

Notice: "Chilkoot Campground is closed for the 2017 season due to hazardous trees."

Chilkoot Campground is 4½ miles northeast of Bass Lake in the Sierra National Forest. The rustic campground often has campsites when the campgrounds along the shores of Bass Lake are full. Nearby Bass Lake offers great boating, fishing, waterskiing and other outdoor activities. Marinas and resorts at the lake provide an abundance of services.

Chilkoot Campground has 14 campsites. Three campsites are tents-only. The others can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Eleven of the sites may be reserved under non-specific reservations, which means a specific campsite will be assigned upon arrival. Some sites are on steep slopes and are not suitable for tents. There is no potable water at the campground. A 2-night minimum stay is required on weekends and 3 nights on holiday weekends. Campers find shade under a canopy of Ponderosa pine, cedar, and fir.

Chilkoot Campground Basics
Chilkoot Campground Location: 4½ miles northeast of Bass Lake on Road 274 (Beasore Rd.)
Elevation: 4,700 feet
Mileage from gateway cities: Fresno - 54 miles
Merced - 72 miles
Campground Open: Mid-May through September
Number of Sites: 14
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2, $7 fee for 2nd vehicle
Pets: On leash, always attended
Bass Lake Ranger District: (559) 877-2218

Reservations at Chilkoot Campground
Reservations Recommended: whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 30 feet
Wheelchair accessible sites: No
Fees: $24 per night ($2 more on holiday weekends)
Reservations: Chilkoot Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Chilkoot Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Attractions near Chilkoot Campground: Head down to Bass Lake with its marinas, boat rentals, boating, waterskiing, and fishing. Try other popular activities such as hiking and mountain biking. Visit nearby interpretive sites. Spend the day at Lakeside Picnic Area or Wishon Cove. Discover Way-of-the-Mono Interpretive Trail, Angel Falls and Devils Slide Falls Trail. Try not to miss the Bass Lake Fishing Derby in early May.

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. Opening dates for campgrounds may vary as they are often dependent on weather conditions.

Campground reservations become available 6 months in advance.

Accessible Sites

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

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