Bear Lake Campground

Area Status: Open

Recreation Area MapThe Bear Lake Campground is located 11 miles outside of Yampa, Colorado on Forest Service Road 900. The campground sits adjacent to Bear Lake, in between Yamcolo Reservoir and Stillwater Reservoir.

You can find the typical range of outdoor recreation, from fishing and boating, to great hiking, biking and also popular for big game hunting during the fall and snowmobiling during the winter.

Please note, NO CREDIT CARDS are accepted. Campers must have exact change and pay with cash or check only. 

VIEWS: The campground itself does not offer views of the lake or the iconic Flat Tops but is an excellent location to stay in as a basecamp for treks into the area. Just be sure to bring your bug spray as it is a long way back to town! 

43 campsites (1 double site and 2 triple sites- See fees at bottom of page)
-Vault toilet
-Potable water
-Trash services

*Due to washboard conditions on Forest Service Road 900, travel can be very slow.*

FREE DAY USE AREA: 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.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 6/1/22 - Open for season.
Operational Hours: This campground is seasonal and only accesible from June 1 through October 1st.
Reservations: First come, first serve only. No reservations.
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
Open Season: End of May - Mid to Late October
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: July, August, September
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 Yampa, CO, travel S/SW on Routt County Rd #7. It is a paved road for approximately 7 miles, then becomes gravel at the Forest Boundary and becomes Forest Service Road 900. Continue on for another 4 miles to Bear Lake Campground on the left side of the road.
NOTE: Due to washboard conditions on Forest Service Road 900, travel is very slow.

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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Picnic tables:
Tent camping:
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