Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Pinecrest Campground is situated in the Pinecrest Basin adjacent to the Pinecrest Lake Day Use Area. It has 200 campsites, each of which has a metal firering and a picnic table.  Roads and parking areas, which vary in length, are paved.  Water hydrants are located to serve several sites.  All restrooms have flush toilets and sinks.  All restrooms, except for 3 in “D” loop, have electricity for light and electrical appliances.  Some restrooms are fully accessible.  This campground is on a reservation system with the National Recreation Reservation Service (1-877-444-6777).  It is essential that you have a reservation if you intend to camp in Pinecrest between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance.  Plan early – this campground fills up fast in the summer months! 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)- This campground is closed for the season.
Operational Hours: Typically, Pinecrest Campground is open May through September, weather permitting.
Reservations: For reservations, call National Recreation Reservation Services: 1-877-444-6777; TDD: 1-877-833-6777 or visit
Fees Dodge Ridge Corporation operates PinecrestCampground and charges the following fees:
  • $23.00 for a single-family site
Individual winter camping: No fees.

Dodge Ridge Corporation operates this campground under a special-use permit administered by the U.S. Forest Service. The fees collected from overnight campers go back into upgrading campground facilities and amenities.
Open Season: April 2016
  • Camp in designated sites only
  • The number of people allowed in a single campsite is six
  • The maximum length of stay in any campground is 14 days
  • Campfire permits are not required in developed campgrounds. Do not burn plastic or metal
Please leave the area in as good (or better) condition than you found it. Often, locations destroyed by thoughtless campers must be closed to restore the area's natural health. Help ensure your favorite area remains open.
Closest Towns: Communities with gas and/or groceries:
  • Highway 108:
    • Sonora
    • Twain Harte
    • Cold Springs (last gas when traveling east)
    • Pinecrest
    • Strawberry
Water: Potable water is available at faucets throughout campground. Filling of RVs is prohibited.
Restroom: Several flush toilets are located throughout the campground. No RV dump station available.
Operated By: Dodge Ridge Corporation

General Information

Directions: On Pinecrest Lake Road within the Pinecrest Recreation Area.

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Campground Camping

Forested and open areas near the shore of Pinecrest Lake. Food, marina and other services available nearby at Pinecrest Lake Resort. Fishing, boat ramp, picnic, swimming and trails nearby at Pinecrest Lake Recreation Area. Campground policy prohibits dogs being left alone at the campsite.
Reservation Info or call the National Recreation Reservation Service at 877-444-6777 (TDD 877-833-6777)
No. of Sites200

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