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Lake Campground

6 Reviews


National Forest

Angeles National Forest


Lake Campground offers an excellent escape from the city, just a short drive northeast of the Los Angeles metro area. It's set on the shores of Jackson Lake, providing a scenic, peaceful setting for fishing, swimming and canoeing in Angeles National Forest. Visitors enjoy exploring the Angeles Crest Scenic Byway, which offers incredible views of oak thickets, high desert landscapes, chaparral and pine forests.


Wildlife viewing is a popular activity, as visitors may see bobcats, mountain lions, bears and Nelson bighorn sheep. Powerboating is not permitted on Jackson Lake, so the setting is peaceful and quiet for swimming, canoeing and fishing. The lake is stocked with trout and bluegill.


Campsites can accommodate eight campers and two vehicles. Food storage lockers, grills, picnic tables, vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Firewood can be purchased at nearby Mountain Oak Campground.

Natural Features

Lake Campground sits at an elevation of 6,100 feet in Angeles National Forest. Campsites are secluded and shaded with scattered oak trees and Jeffrey pines. Daytime temperatures in the summer are usually in the low 80s and evenings are cool. Angeles National Forest spans nearly 695,000 acres over most of the San Gabriel Mountain Range in southern California. Vegetation ranges from chaparral and oak at lower elevations to pine forests at higher altitudes. Elevations range from 1,200 to 10,000 feet. The endangered California condor inhabits the forest. The Least Bells vireo and the Southwestern Willow flycatcher are two migratory birds that visitors enjoy spotting in the area. Other local inhabitants include the Arroyo toad, mountain yellow-legged frog, the mountain lion and the two-striped garter snake.

Nearby Attractions

The Angeles Crest Highway, part of California State Route 2, is a scenic byway that meanders through oak thickets, chaparral, high desert landscapes and pine tree forests. The ski resort town of Wrightwood is very close by. Restaurants and a disc golf course can be found at the North Resort.__ Take a hike on the Blue Ridge Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail. The Pacific Crest Trail is an impressive path that starts in Mexico and zigzags its way through Angeles and continues north across California, Oregon and Washington.

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William S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 13, 2023

Relaxed mountain camping near a small lake.

Lake Campground in the Angeles National Forest consists of 5 reservable car camping sites, and 3-4 others that are first come, first served. Sites have a table and fire pit, but no tent pads, and there are pit toilet latrines, and potable water spigots. Bear proof boxes are provided at each site for food. 

The view of the nearby mountains is good but the real attraction is nearby Lake Jackson, where you can fish, though I'm not sure if your camping fee includes the day-use permit required. Angeles National Forest is divided into several camps near each other, so I'd recommend this one for anglers. 

There are trails around the lake (a relatively easy, if hilly, walk) and also up the mountain proper (a real hike). Weather permitting, you can use deadwood in the site for your campfire. 

Wildlife included acorn woodpeckers, and one of their cache trees was in our site, so we got to spend a lot of time observing them, as well as the Stellar's Jays, who were very curious about what we were cooking.

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Lake Campground by William S., May 13, 2023
  • Review photo of Lake Campground by William S., May 13, 2023
Jeremiah F.
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2020

Acceptable last minute camping, not great, not terrible.

Pros: Large campsites

          Clean-ish toilets

          Lake within walking distance

Cons: Right near highway, noisy

           Lots of flies during the day

           tent sites are very flat          

Last minute trip and decided to check out Lake Campground. There are 8 sites placed on this hilly area, with a vault toilet in the center of the campground. It is located right next to the highway, so it can be pretty noisy during the day as its a popular route for motorcyclists. The campground itself was fairly clean, and all the sites were very large and spaced well away from each other. The sites weren't very flat, so options to set your tent up were very limited. Some sites had some shade, others almost none. There were tons of flies, very active during the daytime, but went away during the evening. The vault toilets were the cleanest I'd seen (For vault toilets) and the staff came through the campgrounds several times a day.

Jackson Lake is a short walk from the campgrounds. It has a nice day use picnic area with coal grills, picnic benches, and four vault toilets (in pretty poor condition). The lake was pretty small and had a stagnant smell to it. Lots of people were fishing, and a few people waded into the waters. I saw people in rafts / kayaks later in the day. The area was covered in fleas so careful with pets.

Month of VisitAugust
Micky T.
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2019

Will not return.

The campsites are along a busy road. Lots of noise and lights during the night. The lake was absolutely disgusting. Dead fish all along the shore and floating in the water. Gross and stagnant, overrun with mosquitos.


Lake Campground is located in California

Detail location of campground


From Wrightwood, turn left on CA-2 W/Angeles Crest Highway and drive for 3.6 miles. Then turn right onto Big Pines Highway and drive 2.7 miles. Look for signs into the campground.


Wrightwood, CA 92397


34.3905556 N
117.7233333 W

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