Highland Lakes

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The lakes are set in a spectacular high alpine valley, close to the top of Ebbetts Pass at an elevation of 8,600 feet. These two lakes are unique in that they are headwaters for two different watersheds: the eastern lake flows into the Mokelumne River drainage, while the western lake flows into the Stanislaus River drainage. Maximum boat speed on both lakes is 5 mph, and gas powered motors are discouraged. Highland Lakes visitors enjoy camping, hiking and horseback riding.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.  Some campsites will be closed due to Hazard Trees.
Fees $12.00 
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Highland Lakes are located at the end of Highland Lakes Road, seven mile off Highway 4. Highland Lakes Road is a narrow, steep and winding dirt route where safe travel speeds average 20 mph or less.


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

High country lake at 8200 feet. 35 sites.

Reservation Infofirst-come, first-served
No. of Sites35
Fees: $12.00


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