Pinecrest Lake Camping

Pinecrest, California

Pinecrest Lake Camping

Boating, Swimming, Hiking, Fishing, Outdoor Movies


Camping at Pinecrest Lake is the highlight of the summer for many families. Fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, bicycling, outdoor movies, star gazing, ranger campfire programs -- there are so many wonderful things to do at Pinecrest that it is no wonder that families return year after year.





map of Pinecrest camping area.


Pinecrest Campground - 2014 Season

Photo of Pinecrest Campground

Pinecrest Campground is located within easy walking distance of Pinecrest Lake with its beach, marina, and fishing dock. Typical Pinecrest Campground campsite facilities include a paved parking pad, picnic table and fire ring. The majority of the sites are forested. Bathrooms have flush toilets, sinks and a utility sink. No RV hookups area available. There is a dump station available and water supply. The campground has water faucets with potable water. Wi-Fi internet service is available, during posted hours, within 100' of the kiosk. Pinecrest has a store, restaurant, weekly outdoor movies, Sunday church services, and ranger programs.

2013 Pinecrest Visitor Activities and Campfire Programs Schedule
(2014 schedule is usually announced in mid-May. Look for it here as soon as it becomes available.)
Outdoor movies begin mid-May, 2014: 2014 Outdoor Movie Schedule

  • March 26, 2014 to May 7, 2014 - First come, first served (no reservations)
  • Mid-September to mid-October, 2014 - First come, first served (no reservations)
  • May 8, 2014 to mid-September - All sites subject to advanced reservations, up to 6 months in advance
  • Mid-October, 2014 - closed for the winter

Pinecrest Campground at a Glance

  • All sites in this campground are subject to advanced reservations during peak season: (877-444-6777 or at Recreaton.gov ).
  • $23 per site per night
  • Elevation 5700
  • 22 tent-only sites
  • 175 tent or RV sites
  • Piped water
  • Flush toilets
  • Hot Showers available near the Pinecrest Store


Meadowview Campground

Meadowview Campground

Meadowview Campground is located about a mile from Pinecrest Lake on Dodge Ridge Road. with its beach, marina, and fishing dock. A paved walking/bicycle path connects Meadowview Campground with Pinecrest Campground and Pinecrest Lake. Meadowview Campground campsites have paved parking pads, picnic tables and fire rings. The campsites are scattered through forested area. Bathrooms have flush toilets, sinks and a utility sink. No RV hookups area available. There is a dump station available and water supply. The campground has water faucets with potable water. In nearby Pinecrest you will find a store, restaurant, post office, weekly outdoor movies, Sunday church services, and ranger programs. At Pinecrest Lake are a designated swimming area and beach, fishing dock, and marina with boat rentals.

Meadowview Campground at a Glance

  • $21 per site per night
  • No reservations are taken; first come, first served
  • Elevation 5700
  • 13 tent only sites
  • 84 tent or RV sites
  • Piped water
  • Flush toilets
  • Hot Showers available at nearby Pinecrest Store

Pioneer Trail Group Campground

Photo of Pioneer Trail Campground

Pioneer Trail Group Campground is located about a half mile from Pinecrest Lake by dirt trail and two miles by road. Pioneer Trail Group Campground is perfect for groups from 50 to 100 people.

Pioneer Trail Group Campground is divided into three shaded group areas. Each site features a large fire pit, picnic tables and vault toilets. Campsites 1 and 3 will accommodate up to 50 campers. Site 2 will accommodate up to 100 campers. Each site can accommodate 10 - 20 vehicles. No hook-ups or electricity available. Campground reservations are required during the summer months.

Nearby Pinecrest has a store, restaurant, weekly outdoor movies, Sunday church services, and ranger programs. Pinecrest Lake has a beach, marina, and fishing dock.

Pioneer Trail Group Campground at a Glance

  • $85 - $130 per group site
  • Reservations required - 877-444-6777 or online at Recreation.gov
  • Elevation 6000
  • 3 group sites
  • Piped water
  • Vault toilets
  • Hot Showers available at nearby Pinecrest Store

General Campground Information

Please Note: Early check-in is not guaranteed, your site may be occupied by another party the night before your arrival. All reserved campsite(s) must be slept in starting the first night of the reservation. Official check-in time is 2:00 pm. Maximum of 6 people per site strictly enforced. Maximum of 3 tents or 1 RV/Trailer per site. Maximum of 2 vehicles per site (RV's included) as long as they fit on the parking pad. No guarantee that two vehicles will fit, especially if there is a trailer as well. Free overflow parking available. Dogs are allowed in the campground but not in the day use area. Dogs must be on a leash and attended at all times.