Crane Valley Group Campground

Bass Lake


Bass Lake


Crane Valley Group Campground, Bass Lake, Sierra National Forest, CA

Crane Valley Group Campground

Bass Lake Attractions

Bass Lake is in the Sierra National Forest south of Yosemite. The lake has long been a popular recreation area. Groups who stay at Crane Valley Group Campground enjoy being close to the water and many popular lake attractions.


Key Crane Valley Group Campground Regulations

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

Crane Valley Group Campground

Forest Service Notice: "Attention: Crane Valley will be closed the entire 2017 camping season due to a massive hazard tree removal."

Crane Valley Group Campground is at the north end of Bass Lake in the Sierra National Forest. Bass Lake has long been a popular mountain recreation destination, offering fishing, boating, waterskiing, and hiking. Groups at Crane Valley have access to nearby beaches and swim areas, picnic areas, resorts, marinas, launch ramps, and trails.

Crane Valley Group Campground has 7 group campsites set in a cedar, pine, and oak forest about ½ mile back from the lake. Campsites are well shaded, but are rather spartan. Most sites have a couple of tables and a fire pit. Restrooms are portable toilets. Those looking for more appealing group sites might first consider nearby Recreation Point Group Campground. A 2-night minimum stay is required at Crane Valley on weekends and 3 nights on holiday weekends. Besides the camping fee, each group is charged $7 per vehicle.

  • Site A up to 30 people and 8 vehicles. Room for several RVs. $142.50 per night plus tax
  • Site B up to 30 people and 8 vehicles. Remote location, spacious, room for 4-5 RVs. $142.50 per night plus tax
  • Site C up to 12 people and 4 vehicles. Room for 1 RV. $57 per night plus tax
  • Site D up to 24 people and 8 vehicles. Room for several RVs. $114 per night plus tax
  • Site E up to 30 people and 8 vehicles. Spacious area, room for 3-4 RVs. $142.50 per night plus tax
  • Site F up to 12 people and 3 vehicles. Room for several RVs. $57 per night plus tax
  • Site G up to 18 people and 5 vehicles. Large flat area for tents, room for 1 RV. $57 per night plus tax

Crane Valley Group Campground Basics
Crane Valley Group Campground Location: Off Highway 222 at the north end of Bass Lake
Elevation: 3,470 feet
Mileage from gateway cities: Fresno - 53 miles
Merced - 71 miles
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 7
Max. People per Site: groups from 12 to 30
Vehicles per Site: Varies, see above
All vehicles pay $7 fee
Pets: On leash, always attended
Bass Lake Ranger District: (559) 877-2218

Reservations at Crane Valley Group Campground
Reservations Recommended: whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from the current date up to 12 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 40 feet
Wheelchair accessible sites: None designated
Fees: $57 to 142.50 plus tax (see details above)
Plus $7 per vehicles
Reservations: Crane Valley Group Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Crane Valley Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, large pedestal grill, stone fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Portable restrooms, no potable water
Sketch Map of Campground: Crane Valley Group Campground Map
Showers: No
Dump Station: Nearby
Attractions near Crane Valley Group Campground: Take advantage of Bass Lake with its marinas, boat rentals, boating, waterskiing, and fishing. Head into the forest for hiking and mountain biking. Visit nearby interpretive sites. Enjoy a 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

Crane Valley Group Campground toilets, Bass Lake, Sierra National Forest, CA

Crane Valley Group Campground Toilets

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