Bear Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

10/20/2020: This campground is now closed for the season, however there are designated camp sites outside and in the area of this campground. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Bear Lake Campground is located in the Flat Tops 11 miles outside of Yampa, Colorado on Forest Service Road 900, adjacent to Bear River, between Yamcolo Reservoir and Stillwater Reservoir.

The campground is composed of 2 loops in dense tree cover of Engelmann Spruce, Subalpine Fir and a few Aspen and Lodgepole.

*Although the lake is adjacent to the campground, the campsites are NOT on the lake and do not offer a lake view or views of the Flat Tops. A few sites offer partial views of the towering black cliffs that identify the wilderness boundary.

NUMBER OF SITES: 43 (including 2 double sites, and 1 triple site)
MAX TRAILER LENGTH: 30ft (trailers longer in length can find larger sites outside of the campground along FS RD 900 and many offer pull through capability as well.)

AMENITIES: Picnic tables, vault toilets, potable water, fire grates and trash service.

ELEVATION: 9,500 ft. 

DAY USE AREA: Yes, with fishing pier and picnic area


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.

NEAREST RV WASTE STATION: Located at the Stagecoach State Park outside of Oak Creek, or at the KOA campground in Steamboat Springs, CO

BOAT REGULATIONS: Electric trolling motors are allowed. Internal combustion engines are not allowed. (Combustion engines only allowed at Yamcolo Reservoir within a few miles).

RECREATION: Fishing/Hiking/Boating/Stand-up Paddle Board.

HIKING NEARBY: *Please note, most hiking trails typically still have snow and are not accessible until late June.
For details on these trails go to homepage, click recreation, click day hiking, click the area.

  • Mandall Lakes Trailhead
  • Smith Lake Trailhead
  • Stillwater Trailhead
  • Trail summery information sheets for hiking are available at the Yampa Ranger Station outdoor kiosk. in downtown Yampa at 300 Roselawn Ave


At a Glance

Operational Hours: This campground is open seasonally and can generally be accessible as early as Memorial Day until mid October. Campers can expect "spring like conditions" of moisture and patches of snow until early-mid June. For questions, call the Yampa Ranger Station at 970-638-4516
HOURS: M-F, 8am-4:30pm (closed holidays and weekends)  
Reservations: No reservations. First come, first serve. 
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Boat ramp,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 Stay Permitted: 14 days in a 30 day period  Cash & check only
Usage: Heavy
Restroom: Vault Toilet

General Information


Directions from Yampa: Travel S/SW on Routt County Rd #7 approximately 7 miles to FSR 900. Travel another 4 miles on FSR 900 to Bear Lake Campground on the left side of the road.


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Picnic tables
Drinking water Potable Water Available
Interpretive Site
Toilets Vault Toilets
Boat ramp Less than 1/2 mile away
Tent camping
Accessible Includes Fishing Pier
Camping trailer Campers up to 30'