Lake Alpine Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
Lake Alpine on Highway 4 Lake Alpine Trail Lake Alpine Launching Ramp Lake Alpine Entrance Lake Alpine Boat Ramp Lake Alpine on Highway 4Lake Alpine


The Lake Alpine Recreation Area features a small, scenic reservoir within a granite basin surrounded by red fir and lodgepole pine forest; it is located just east of the community of Bear Valley on State Highway 4.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Reservations: All Lake Alpine Recreation Area campgrounds, including Silver Tip, West Shore, Pine Marten, Silver Valley and Backpackers campgrounds are reservation only. Make reservations through, 1-877-444-6777,  International, 518-885-3639, or via their website,
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Fee for camping; no fee for other activities. Campsites are $30 per night.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer, Fall
Busiest Season: Summer, especially holiday weekends.
Restrictions: Camping is permitted only in signed campgrounds.
Closest Towns: Bear Valley and Arnold to the west; Markleeville to the east.
Water: Potable water is available during the summer season.
Restroom: Flush and vault toilets.
Passes: America the Beautiful Senior and Access passes and Golden Age and Golden Access passes accepted, reduces camping fee to half-price per night.
Operated By: Lake Alpine Campgrounds Inc.

General Information


The Lake Alpine Recreation Area is located on Highway 4, fifty miles east of Angel's Camp and two miles east of the community of Bear Valley. From the Calaveras Ranger Station in Hathaway Pines, California travel 33 miles northeast on Highway 4.

General Notes:

Lake Alpine is the central attraction of the Calaveras Ranger District. It lies in a timbered setting at an elevation of 7,300 feet and covers 180 acres. Summer visitors enjoy swimming, boating, hiking, camping, fishing, picnicking, biking, and interpretive programs. In winter, the lake becomes part of the Lake Alpine SNO-PARK. Visitors can enjoy snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. See the Lake Alpine SNO-PARK page for more information.

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Drinking water
Interpretive Site Visitor interpretive programs are offered in the summer. For details, please visit the Outdoor Learning page.
Boat ramp
Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping
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