Bear Lake Camground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

ABOUT: This campground is located adjacent to Bear Lake, between Stillwater and Yamcolo Reservoir, 11 miles outside Yampa. It is composed of 3 overlapping loops in dense trees of Engelmann spruce, Subalpine fir and a few Aspen and Lodgepole, providing excellent privacy between sites. Although Bear Lake is adjacent to the campground, none of the campsites are on the lake.

Some of the sites have partial views of the towering black cliffs that identify the wilderness boundary, but most sites are secluded with views of Engelmann spruce, Subalpine fir, Aspen and Lodgepole. This campground has an elevation of 9,500 ft. Those seeking views of the reservoirs and Flat Tops, may want to check out the designated dispersed campsites off FS RD 900 outside of the campground. 

The campground hosts 43 sites total, to include 2 double sites, and 1 triple site making it popular for groups. Max trailer and camper length is 30 feet (trailers longer in length can find larger sites that are designated dispersed sites outside of the campground along FS RD 900)

The nearest RV waste station is located at the Stagecoach State Park, or at the KOA campground in Steamboat Springs, CO

AMENITIES: Vault toilets, trash, potable water, bear containers, fire grates, picnic tables, and camp hosts to answer questions. Outside of the campground is a free day use area with a fishing pier.

BOAT REGULATIONS: Electric trolling motors are allowed. Internal combustion engines are not allowed. (Combustion engines only allowed down the road at Yamcolo Reservoir).

RECREATION: Fishing/Hiking/Boating/Stand-up Paddle Board.
(there is a boat launch nearby at Yamcolo Reservoir as well as 2 other reservoirs that are great for wakeless boats, canoes and stand up paddle boards as well.

HIKING NEARBY: Mandall Lakes Trailhead and the Smith Lake Trailhead are nearby. The Stillwater Trailhead is located further where Forest Service Road 900 comes to a dead end. *Please note, most hiking trails typically still have snow until mid June. Paper Trail guides for hiking as well as other information are available at the Yampa Ranger Station in downtown Yampa at 301 Roselawn. Even if after hours, material is available outside of the Ranger Station at our outdoor kiosk.

DIRECTIONS: From Downtown Yampa, Take Cty Rd 7 just behind the local General Store, (Montgomery’s Grocery) approximately 7 miles. The road will turn into gravel becoming Forest Service Road 900. Drive another 7 miles, Bear Lake Campground is on the left side after passing the Yamcolo Reservoir and has a sign.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: OPEN: Typically mid to end May (with a chance of some snow until June )   CLOSES: Generally late October to mid November depending on snow.   CONDITIONS & QUESTIONS: Contact the Yampa Ranger Station for current conditions. 970-638-4516, M-F, 8am-5pm
Reservations: No reservations, first come basis.   Note: If campground is full, there are more camping opportunities along Forest Service Road 900 to include 2 other campgrounds. (Horseshoe and Cold Springs Campground which are a little further up from Bear Lake Campground).
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Rates: $10 per day - single site
           $20 per day - double site
           $30 per day - triple Maximum
Maximum Stay Permitted: 14 days in a 30 day period total. Cash & check only

General Information

Directions: Directions from Yampa: Travel S/SW on Routt County Rd #7 approximately 7 miles to FDR 900. Travel another 7 miles on FDR 900 to Bear Lake Campground on the left side of the road.


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Picnic tables
Drinking water
Interpretive Site
Tent camping
Camping trailer