Pinecrest Campground

Stanislaus National Forest

Pinecrest Lake

Campsite at Pinecrest Lake Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Pinecrest Campground

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

Visitors to the Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County find a wide range of activities and attractions.

  • Fishing in the Stanislaus River, Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, and Beardsley Reservoir
  • Hiking trails leading into the Emigrant Wilderness and Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
  • Pinecrest Lake boating, fishing and horseback riding at Kennedy Meadows
  • OHV routes at Niagara Creek and other locations
  • Mountain biking along the network of logging roads
  • A number of dedicated Horse Camps
  • Geologic wonders such as Columns of the Giants and Trail of the Gargoyles
  • Scenic overlooks at Donnell Vista and farther up Sonora Pass

Places to Visit

  • Twain Harte
  • Pinecrest and Strawberry
  • Beardsley Reservoir for fishing, boating, and swimming
  • Clark Fork
  • Dardanelle Resort
  • Kennedy Meadows and Sonora Pass

Pinecrest Campground

Pinecrest Campground ranks among the most popular in Northern California. The campground is conveniently located close to Pinecrest Lake. Families can walk to the beach or over to the marina to rent a small boat. Water skiing and jet skis are not allowed on the lake. A favorite hike is the 4-mile circuit around the lake. A paved bike trail links Meadowview and Pinecrest campgrounds with the lake.

During the summer months, outdoor movies or ranger programs are offered every night at the amphitheater. Fishing is a favorite past-time from boats, the shore or the designated fishing wharf. In the adjacent community of Pinecrest are a grocery store, sporting goods store, restaurant, bike rentals, and coffee bar. A snack bar is at the beach.

Campsites are arranged in 4 loops with A Loop being the farthest from the lake and amphitheater, but also the quietest. Most campsites have good shade. Some are close together. Those on the perimeter tend to have more privacy.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Highway 108, 30 miles east of Sonora
Elevation: 5,700 feet
Miles/Driving time: Stockton - 93 miles, 1:52
Campground Open: Mid-March through October
Number of Sites: 196
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2, fee for 2nd vehicle
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Dodge Ridge Corporation for the Stanislaus National Forest
Summit District Ranger Station: (209) 965 3434

Reservations Recommended: Early May through mid-September
Reservations essential from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 40 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Campground Map: Pinecrest Campground Map
Favorite Campsites: A Loop: 4, 6, 7, 18, 32, 34, 41, 48, 51
B Loop: 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 29, 30
C Loop: 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 18, 23
D Loop: 7, 8, 13, 26, 30, 31
Fees: $25
Reservations: Pinecrest Lake Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Pinecrest Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water; no hook-ups
Showers: Nearby, next to Pinecrest Store
Dump Station: Nearby
Nearby attractions: Pinecrest Lake boating, swimming, fishing, hiking; Strawberry, Beardsley Reservoir, Twain Harte, Sonora Pass, Kennedy Meadows, Aspen Meadow Pack Station for trail rides, Emigrant Wilderness

Key Pinecrest Lake Camping Regulations

  1. Limit of 3 tents or 1 RV or trailer per site
  2. A maximum of 2 licensed vehicles (includes trailers of all kinds) parked at campsite. Overflow parking available.

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.

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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