Crystal Lake Rec Area Campground

Area Status: Open
Crystal Lake Recreation Sign

Be sure to check the Alerts & Conditions webpage for any additional updates about the status of the campground, as well as fire and trail restrictions.


General Camping Info: Find helpful guidance and tips for an enjoyable trip to the forest!

Know Fire & Other Restrictions Before You Go!: These conditions can affect your entire trip. For example, Extreme and Critical fire use restrictions mean no campfires and no portable cooking systems/stoves. Bring cold food and no S'mores. 

Be Bear Aware!: Bear safety is critical, for the safety of your group and/or you, as well as our bears. Help keep bears wild by following these tips. 

Location: Outdoor adventures lie around every corner--including hikes to spectacular peaks of Mt. Islip and Windy Gap--or fishing in Crystal Lake (which is a mile-long hike from the campground).

Elevation: 5,539-feet in elevation


  • Visitor Center is open on weekends 9:00 A.M.- 4:00 P.M. (only Adventure passes sold here, no Interagency passes. Cash only.)
  • Total of 120 campsites with picnic tables spread through Loops A-D + I
  • Five loops (A-D+I) of campsites
  • Vault toilets (permanent non-flush/waterless toilets)
  • Maximum RV length is 22 feet--no hook-ups
  • Drinking water and water for washing your hands is available via outdoor faucets in Loops A, B, C, & D in front of the Crystal Lake Café
  • Campsites are first-come - first-served
  • Nearby Crystal Lake Cafe sells hot meals, sandwiches, and camping necessities, including firewood. Crystal Lake Café and General Store hours are Wed. - Mon. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Closed on Tuesdays. Open on major holidays.
  • Access road to lake is OPEN to vehicle traff
  • Visitor center open on weekends (next to cafe) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


  • No swimming
  • No camping at the lake

Camping Fee: $12 per night per site, $5 for extra vehicle

Day-Use Fee: $5 per vehicle. Adventure Pass or America the Beautiful Pass is required for day use and for vehicles parked outside the campground.

Fishing: CA State fishing license required


At a Glance

Current Conditions: The Campground loops for camping A, B, C, D, and I are now OPEN for camping. 
Operational Hours: Open for day-use only at Fawnskin Picnic Area. Camping is available in Loops A, B, C, D and I. During winter months, campsite access is walk-in only and drive-in during the summer.
Reservations: First-come, first-served only.
Fees: $5 for day use. Camping: $12 for first vehicle and $5 for second vehicle per day/night during the summer; $5 per vehicle during the winter.
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: See current fire restrictions
Water: Yes for summer; No for Winter
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Passes: Information & Pass Sale
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Please call the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument District office at: (626) 335-1251 for current conditions. The Crystal Lake Visitor Center is only open Sat. & Sun. For more office info visit Information & Pass Sales.

General Information


Crystal Lake Recreation Area Campground is located at the top of HWY 39 (mile marker 38.13). 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 120 sites
No. of Accessible sites None

Day Hiking


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