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About Lower Bear River Campground
The Bear River Group Campground offers four separate group campsites on a site above the south side of the Lower Bear River Reservoir. The proximity to water and the mixed pine setting in the fresh Sierra Nevada air, makes this campground an excellent group retreat destination. Upriver from the campground is the Upper Bear River Reservoir. This lake is smaller and spans 166 surface acres with 2.5 miles of shoreline. Natural Features: Bear Group Campground is situated an elevation of 6,000 feet, just a short distance (approximately one mile drive) from the reservoir. It is part of the Eldorado National Forest located in the central Sierra Nevada. A Mediterranean climate extends over most of the forest with warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Recreation: Lake activities include fishing, swimming, boating, canoeing and picnicking on the shores. Rainbow trout is found in abundance throughout the season, in addition to smaller populations of brown and mackinaw trout as well. A short distance past the Upper Bear River Reservoir is the Pardoe Trail, which borders the Mokelumne Wilderness. The trail runs up the top of Squaw Ridge to an elevation of over 9,000 feet, providing excellent views of the surrounding area. Facilities: The campground is designed for tent camping only. One campsite fits 50 people while the other three sites accommodate 25. Piped drinking water, vault toilets, picnic tables, campfire rings and a group cooking area are among the amenities. The largest campsite is a walk-in site. Nearby Attractions: Restaurants, boat rentals and a general store are within a few miles of the campground. ACTIVITIES Biking Boating Fishing Hiking Swimming Site
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Lower Bear River Campground is located in California
38.553 N
-120.25 W
Get Directions
From Jackson, California, travel east on State Route 88 for 39 miles and turn right (south) on Bear River Road. Travel 2 miles to Y intersection and stay to the right side, going across the dam. Drive .5 miles past South Shore Campground to Bear Group Campground, which will be located on left side of road.
2 Reviews of Lower Bear River Campground
Bear River Camping

Camping on the bear river out of Weimar California. camping is very close to the river. reservations are require, fee is $10 per site. Activities include swimming, rafting, fishing and gold panning. The camp is clean and the toilets are ok.

First to Review
Not my favorite

The camp sites were very close to the main road which usually wouldn't be so bad but drivers fly down the road. The bathrooms and campsites weren't very clean, lots of trash around 😕 On a good note close to the water and easy to access.