Bear Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed

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The Bear Lake Campground is located 11 miles outside of Yampa, Colorado on Forest Service Road 900. Although the campground sits adjacent to Bear Lake, it does not offer lakeviews or views of the Flat Tops and is surrounded by lodge pole pine. You can find the typical range of outdoor recreation, from fishing and boating, to great hiking and also popular for big game hunting during the fall and snowmobiling during the winter.

There are 43 campsites (1 double-site and 2 triple-sites), vault toilets, potable water, and trash services (seasonally). 

The Bear Lake Fishing Pier and Bear Lake Picnic Area are located within a short walk outside of the campground's entrance and are both free of charge for day use only. No camping allowed at day use area, however there are plenty of camping opportunities in the immediate area.  

Additionally, those interested in hiking can access Mandall Lakes, Smith Lake, and Stillwater Trailhead nearby within a short drive along Forest Service Road 900. The trailheads are all clearly marked with a sign and can be seen from the road. 

If bringing a boat, there is a boat ramp close by at Yamcolo Reservoir.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 10/11/23 - Closed for season.
Reservations: First come, first serve only. No reservations. (additional designated camp sites are located outside of the campground along Forest Service Road 900, and there is also 2 other campgrounds located off Forest Service Road 900 as well; Horseshoe Campground and Cold Springs Campground.) 
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: $10/night - single site with one vehicle ($5/night for 2nd vehicle) *2 vehicles max
$20/night - double site with 2 vehicles ($5/night for 3rd vehicle) *3 vehicles max
$30/night - triple site with 3 vehicles ($5/night for 4th vehicle) *4 vehicles max
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Maximum trailer length: 30 ft
Closest Towns: Yampa, CO
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Information Center: Yampa Ranger District
(970) 638-4516
300 Roselawn Ave
Yampa, CO 80483

General Information


From HWY 131, get off at the town of Yampa on Moffat Street (next to Sinclair's Gas Station)
Proceed a few blocks through downtown Yampa. At Montgomery's General Store and Antlers Bar & Cafe, follow CTY Rd 7 and signs pointing towards Yamcolo Reservoir.  Follow CTY Rd 7 for 7 miles, here the road turns to dirt which is the Forest Boundary and turns into Forest Service Road 900, proceed past Yamcolo Reservoir to the Bear Lake Campground entrance. This road comes to a dead end at 17 miles at Stillwater Reservoir and Trailhead, for those wishing to hike. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Group Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking


Horse Camping

Big Game Hunting

Viewing Scenery


Scenic Driving

Boating - Non-Motorized


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