Lake Alpine Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
Lake Alpine on Highway 4 Lake Alpine Trail Lake Alpine Launching Ramp Lake Alpine Entrance Lake Alpine Boat Ramp Lake Alpine on Highway 4Lake Alpine


Boat launch with parking for 60 cars and trailers. Speed limit on lake is 10 mph. No motorized boats on lake at night. Large boats not recommended.

Developed Campgrounds have no trailer hook-ups.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- Lake Alpine Lodge is closed. This area consists of Lake Alpine, Silvertip, Pine Martin, Silver Valley, Backpackers walk-in, and Lodgepole Overflow. Lake Alpine Campground is the only open campground.  Open, weather permitting. 1/2 price due to seasonal water shut-off.  This campground is first-come, first-serve. Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees. Caltrans may close the gate due to weather at anytime. Please check Caltrans website at
Reservations: No reservations, first-come, first-serve
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Best Season: Summer, mid week
Busiest Season: Holiday weekends
Restrictions: Camping is permitted only in signed campgrounds.
Water: potable
Restroom: Flush
Passes: America the Beautiful passes accepted, reduces camping fee to $15.00 per night.
Operated By: Lake Alpine Campgrounds Inc.
Information Center: All campgrounds in the Lake Alpine area are on a first come, first serve basis.

General Information


Lake Alpine is located on Highway 4, fifty miles east of Angel's Camp.

General Notes:

The lake lies in a timbered setting at an elevation of 7,350 feet and covers 180 acres.  The boat ramp is located at the Lake Alpine Picnic Area.  There is no overnight mooring to the dock or shoreline vegitation.  There is a 10 mph speed limit, and no motorized boats are allowed on the lake at night.


Camping & Cabins

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Water Activities

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Boat ramp
Camping trailer
Picnic tables
Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping
Interpretive Site
Drinking water
Fire Danger Level: High
Areas & Activities



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