Serrano Campground is a beautiful place for campers to come to enjoy beautiful Big Bear Lake. It is a scenic and fairly modern campground that provides access to a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Visitors enjoy access to a number of hiking and mountain biking trails found within a short distance of the campground. The Alpine Pedal Path and the Cougar Crest Trail are nearby and provide access to the Pacific Crest Trail. The Big Bear Ranger Station is within a mile of the campground. Rangers can provide maps of the area and answer any questions about trails.
Fishing and boating at Big Bear Lake are popular activities. The campground does not provide direct access to the lake, but a boat ramp is available about a mile away. Anglers can look forward to a possible catch of trout, bass, catfish, carp, bluegill and crappie, among others.
The campground offers more than a hundred sites for tent and RV camping. A couple dozen sites provide full utility hookups for RVs and a dump station is located within the campground.
Each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible flush toilets, showers and drinking water are provided.
The campground is located in the San Bernardino Mountains, within walking distance of the lake. Accessed by the Rim of the World Scenic Byway, the campground is situated in a mountainous, pine forest setting. Sagebrush grows alongside the paved roads.
The Big Bear Discovery Center is located across the street from the entrance of the campground. A visitor center, interpretive trails and educational programs are available, as well as accessible flush restroom facilities.
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Rules & Reservation Policies
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For most locations, you can reserve six months in advance of your stay for individual sites and 12 months in advance for group sites. There are some exceptions, so it is best to check with each facility.
Change and Cancellation Policies and Fees
Overnight and Day Use Facilities: To ensure fairness, reservation arrival or departure dates may not be changed beyond the booking window until 18 days after booking the reservation.
Camping / Day Use: A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation (including campsites, cabins, lookouts, group facilities, etc.). The $10.00 service fee will be deducted from the refund amount.
You can cancel or change reservations through Recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Tours & Tickets: You may request changes to tour dates at no cost before the arrival date. If you cancel before your tour date, you may be eligible for a refund. Cancellation fees apply. Please check the tour facility description details page for cancellation policies.
Permits: Varies by location. Please check the permit details for the permit location.
Overnight and Day Use Facilities: Late cancellations are those cancelled between 12:01 a.m. (Eastern) on the day before arrival and check out time on the day after arrival.
Individual Campsites: If a customer cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival they will be charged a $10.00 service fee and will also forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a single night's reservation will forfeit the entire use fee but no cancellation fee will apply.
Cabins / Lookouts: Customers will be charged a $10.00 cancellation fee and forfeit the first night's use fee if a cabin or lookout reservation is cancelled within 14 days of the scheduled arrival date. Cancellations for a single night's use will not be assessed a service fee.
Group Facility: If a customer cancels a group overnight facility reservation within 14 days of the scheduled arrival date they will be charged the $10.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's use fee. Cancellations for a single night's use will not be assessed a service fee.
Group Day Use Area: If a customer cancels a group day use facility reservation within 14 days of the scheduled arrival date, they will forfeit the total day use fee with no service fee charge.
Camping / Day Use: A camping no-show customer is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date. Reserved campsites and group overnight facilities will be held until check-out time on the day following your scheduled arrival. Group day-use facilities will be held until check-in time on your scheduled arrival date.
If a customer does not arrive at the campground or group facility by check-out time the day after arrival or does not cancel the reservation by the times listed under "Late Cancellations" above, the customer may be assessed a $20.00 service fee and forfeit use fees.
Tours: A tour or ticket no-show is one who does not cancel a ticket before arrival and does not arrive for the tour. Tour no-shows are not entitled to a refund.
Customers must request refunds no later than 14 days after the scheduled departure date. Recreation.gov will not grant refund requests after 14 days of departure.
Reservation Fee: For some facilities, tours or permits an additional reservation fee is charged. For some overnight and day-use facilities, an additional non-refundable reservation fee may apply. The non-refundable reservation fee for tours and tickets is $1.00. The non-refundable reservation fee for permits varies by location.
Refunds for Bankcard Purchases: Refunds for bank card payments will be issued as a credit to the original bank card.
Refunds for Check or Cash Purchases: Refunds for Recreation.gov payments made by check or money order, and cash payments at selected campgrounds will be issued a check refund. A refund will be processed within 30 days of receipt and approval. Please Note: Refund requests made during or after departure can only be processed when approved by the facility management staff based upon local policy.
Refunds for Emergency Closures: In the event of an emergency closure, the Recreation.gov team will attempt to notify users and offer alternate dates (as appropriate). If this is not possible, reservations will be cancelled and all fees paid will be refunded. Reservation fees for free tickets are non-refundable in the event of an emergency closure.
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Changes to Policies and Procedures
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This is quite the drive down a bumpy road on the far side of Big Bear Lake but worth it if you want to get away from people. We came for a long weekend(Sat, Sun, Mon) and come Sun afternoon it cleared out completely with the exception of a group of older men who got drunk and spent the day trying to get a drone out of a tall tree(unsuccessfully). There's some hiking around but even my apps had a hard time finding a true trail. In the end we just wandered. We went into"town" and went to the local thrift store and each picked up a book to bring back to the site and read since there was little else to do but lay in the hammock and relax. Nice and quite(with the exception of the drunk men)
We enjoyed this campground. It is a very big campground. We had site 101, which you can view on the map that I took a picture of. We really liked this spot. It was a very large site that had two relatively flat areas to pitch a tent. I would recommend not paying extra for the "lake view" sites as when we were walking around the campground and checking out the campsites, we personally did not think these lake view sites had any lakeview at all (as there is a path trail, a road, and a bunch of trees between the campsites and the lake). The bathrooms were clean and with flush toilets, but there is no soap so be prepared to pack your own. Showers are free to campers and do their job of getting you clean! Overall it was a good play to stay.
Great site that is dog friendly. It’s quiet considering how close the road was we were at spot #22 which was awkwardly close to the bathroom so if your sensitive to light I would skip that site. You get flashes from people walking to the bathroom all night.
It was quite clean and fun. Took my son and his girlfriend with us a great place for families
We always stay in the Strawberry loop. Full hookups. Spaces are large with room for most class A's. Close to the lake. It is close to the road so you will get some road noise.
I loved my stay at Serrano campground. The facilities were very clean and well supplied. My campsite #22 was very clean upon arrival with plenty of space. The picnic table was one of the nicest I have seen and there was even a bear storage locker. Con: the back of the campsite was up against a fairly busy road so I could consistently hear cars passing by. It is rather pricey in terms of campgrounds. Yes clean facilities and great hosts, but for the price I figured showers would be included but $3 a pop. Other that it was great!
This is a very well run campground. Cleanest bathrooms I've ever seen at a campsite. The camp host was constantly cleaning and was very friendly. Scenery is nice and you can walk to the lake in minutes. They have firewood for sale so no need to bring any. The only negative thing about this site is is next to a highway it kinda kills the peace and quit during the day but wasn't anything to let ruin your trip.
Reasonably priced, clean beyond belief, spacious campsites, full amenities. This hands down a great place to stay!
This campsite is great. Me and my wife stay here a couple times a year and we also bring our grown kids and with our little grandkids.
I'd heard great things about Serrano, but had never camped there before. We were really looking forward to our quick escape to the mountains, especially as the weather in the suburbs had been really hot. It was a relatively easy drive. The sites don't really have much privacy, and you can easily see your neighbors, but it's still spacious. Some of the sites seem larger than others. We liked ours, but there were some shrubs. The shrubs helped with the privacy, but it also meant a LOT of squirrels. People must feed the squirrels because as soon as we sat down to have a snack or eat they were everywhere. Oh well, camping life. Aside from that, the site comes with a bear locker and fairly large picnic table. The bathrooms are kept pretty clean and there was easy access to water. I would definitely come back! It's nice to feel far away from home, but you're really not as it's just a two hour drive. You're also walking distance to the lake. You can always drive to pick-up forgotten items, food, ice, etc. if needed.