Buttercup Group Campground

Area Status: Open
This group campground is located near the heart of Big Bear Lake.

This group campground is located on the south side of Big Bear Lake near Pineknot Family Campground and Snow Summit Ski Resort. It accommodates up to 40 people and 8 vehicles. Vehicle access is on a Forest Service road. Amenities include 5 picnic tables, 1 double pedestal grill, 1 group fire ring and vault toilets.

Leave No Trace! There is no trash service. All pets must be leashed.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Yellow Warning Triangle Symbol As of Thursday, 05/26/2022, No wood or charcoal fires or barbecues are allowed due to high fire danger. Gas/Propane appliances are permitted with fuel shut-off valve, stoves, fire-rings, etc. CA Campfire Permit: https://www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/campfire-permit/ 
Reservations: Call 1-877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov.  Reservations can be made as early as 12 months in advance.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: $137.00 per night.
Open Season: 04/22/2022 - 10/29/2022
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Pack It In/Pack It OutPack out what you pack in and Leave No Trace!
Closest Towns: Big Bear Lake
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Vista RECREATION ™
Information Center:
Mountain Top Ranger District | Big Bear Discovery Center
40971 North Shore Drive, Highway 38
P.O. Box 69
Fawnskin, CA 92333
1-909-382-2790 Thursday thru Monday. (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

General Information



Take I-10 East to Redlands. Take the University Street exit, EXIT 80. Turn left (northbound) on University Street. Turn right onto E. Lugonia Avenue/SR-38. Continue on State Highway 38 into Big Bear City, to E. Big Bear Blvd. Turn left on to E. Big Bear Blvd./SR-38. Continue westbound on Big Bear Blvd/SR-18 into the City of Big Bear Lake. Continue on Hwy 18 to Summit Blvd. Turn left on Summit Blvd. (signal light) and continue to the end of Summit Blvd. Turn left on the last road at the end of summit Blvd. and continue past Pineknot Campground about 0.1 mile to Buttercup Group Camp. Road is passable by all vehicles.

General Notes:

Reservations can be placed as late as 24 hours in advance based upon availability. For example, reservations could be made on a Thursday before 2pm, for a Friday 2pm check in, if there is availability.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Group Camping


Camping trailer:
Picnic tables: 5 tables
Tent camping:
Parking: 8 vehicles
Toilets: Vault toilet
Drinking water: Potable

Recreation Areas

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