Dorabelle Campground is a popular family camping destination above Shaver Lake. Some sites are shaded by a thick stand of fir, cedar and pine trees, while other sites are more open.
This camp is a great base for experiencing the wide variety of recreational activities in the area. Boats can be moored nearby and some sites offer views of the lake.
Hikers can access 5 trails from the campground: Dinkey Road (.5 miles), Musick Meadow (.75 miles), Peninsula Loop (1 mile), Burr Meadow (1.5 miles) and Osprey Cove (2 miles). Horseback riding is also offered nearby.
Popular activities at Shaver Lake include swimming, motorized boating, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, sailing and fishing. Anglers can fish for kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, catfish and bluegill.
Each site has a dirt parking spur, table, fire ring, and grill. Drinking water and vault toilets are provided.
Surrounded by dense pine forest, Shaver Lake is a popular destination within the High Sierra Ranger District. It sits at an elevation of 5,500 feet and is known for its variety of fish.
The Sierra National Forest, located on the western slope of the central Sierra Nevada, is known for its spectacular mountain scenery and abundant natural resources.
The terrain includes rolling, oak-covered foothills, heavily forested middle elevation slopes and the starkly beautiful alpine landscape of the High Sierra.
The picturesque town of Shaver Lake is nearby, offering restaurants and shopping.
Charges & Cancellations
Late Cancellations or Cancellations within the Cut-off Window
Individual Campsites: A customer who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee.
Cabins / Lookouts: Customers who cancel a cabin or lookout reservation less than 14 days before the arrival date will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee.
Group Facility (including Cabins and Lookouts): Customers who cancel a group overnight facility reservation less than 14 days before the arrival date will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee.
Group Day Use Area: Customers who cancel a group day-use facility reservation less than 14 days before the arrival date will forfeit the total day-use fee.
Changes or Cancellations within the Cut-off Window: Once a reservation date has begun, customers cannot change a reservation using the online system or through the Call Center (see below for early departures). If the location is staffed, on-site personnel may or may not be able to assist with changes or cancellations (check with local staff).
Overnight and Day-Use Facilities: A 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 (or for day-use facilities, by check-in time the day of arrival). Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time on the day following the arrival date and will hold group day-use facilities until check-in time on the arrival date.
No-shows are assessed $20.00 service fee and forfeit the first night’s recreation fee for a campsite or forfeit the entire day-use fee for a day-use facility.
ADA Access: N
As a solo traveler, seeking a camping spot in the mountains near Shaver Lake, Dorabelle Campground was recommended to me by a long time local. I made a reservation after looking over maps to ensure walking distance to lake for swimming and fishing. A fairly close rest room was important too. I reserved a corner space with a nearby toilet and water spigot. I was please to find the walk to the lake was less than 5 minutes. What really impressed me was 1. Very friendly check in kiosk (who gave me fresh grapes) . 2. Very clean, including the restrooms . 3. My campsite was large , clean, with sunny and shade spots and separated from other sites by trees . The cove is wonderful for swimming and mostly kayaks/SUP with plenty of beach space, water temp was perfect . Happy campers all, one lady let me use her kayak. The cost to camp is very reasonable at 35$ for a big tent site compared to the larger more commercial campground up the road. Yes, smaller with narrow one way roads, but quiet at night, easy access from Shaver Lake businesses and food and nicely kept sites. I’ve been camping for 50 years and I haven’t come home and raved about a campground in a long time ! A four star rating for lack of showers/place to wash dishes.
Very clean and well maintained campground. Staff is super friendly and accommodating. Quiet times are reasonable for family ambiance. Would recommend arriving to the lake early before it fills up to the public.
I’ve stayed at Dorabelle twice and enjoyed it both times! The sites are clean and well maintained. The access to the lake is a little walk but not too far and the cove is perfect for relaxing with kids. Highly recommend!
Well maintained campground on Shaver Lake. Tight roads throughout the site, wouldn’t recommend a large trailer
Walking Distance with kids to Lake Shaver, which offers Fishing, swimming and Boating. Very organized and clean, the campgrounds are spread out, private and most have shade.
We will be back!
Very clean campground. Nice host. Food locker. Restrooms. Amazing weather.
My kids and I have been here twice and love it. A few things to keep in mind… there are no shower, no electricity, but there are fresh water taps for clean water. We bring our own shower tent and a portable solar panels for anything that needs to be charged. This campground is on the lakes edge.
Took my friend from Portland up here for her first Sierra camping trip. This was also my first time in this specific area. Shaver Lake seemed like a great basecamp to be able to drive to a dozen different good hikes. We picked spot 36 because it was farther from other spots and also the closest one to the lake(see pics). This spot was twice the price, which I thought was for the sweet location, but it was actually a double spot. Oops. The spot was extremely well taken care of. The tables, fire rings and bear boxes were all in great shape. Bathrooms were cleaned daily. No showers but that’s what wet wipes are for. Both of the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful. Those lake pics were taken 6 hours apart and barely tweaked. We ate our breakfast and drank our coffee in that spot. Highly recommended.