Pinecrest Lake

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Pinecrest Recreation Area is located at Pinecrest Lake, a 300-acre lake owned and operated by Pacific, Gas and Electric Company. It is located 30 miles east of Sonora on State Highway 108. The Recreation Area lies in a timbered setting at an elevation of 5,600 feet. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife regularly stocks Pinecrest Lake with rainbow trout. Groceries and other services are available at the Pinecrest commercial center.  Recreational opportunities available at the Pinecrest Recreation Area include:

  • Three hundred campsites with tables, grills, flush toilets and potable water in two campgrounds (Pinecrest Campground and Meadowview Campground)
  • Three group campsites with tables, grills, fireplaces, vault toilets and potable water in 1 group campground (Pioneer Trail Group Campground)
  • Day Use Sites: Pinecrest Boat Launch; 50 picnic sites with grills, flush toilets and potable water in one picnic area (Pinecrest); Designated swimming area.
  • Fishing: Accessible fishing pier and boat launch available.
  • Hiking: Pinecrest National Recreation Trail, a 4 mile hiking trail around the lake; paved pathways connecting points of interest.  In winter, the Pinecrest Recreation Area is a popular destination for snowplay, downhill and nordic skiing at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort. Groomed or marked ski trails are maintained for winter recreationists throughout the area.

Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Passenger Car; Fish available include: Trout; Types of fishing available include: Wade, Shore, Motorized boat, Float tube, Fly, Spin, Bait; ADA Accessible fishing access with fishing pier and boat launch

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Open for day use only, dawn to dusk.
Operational Hours: Open for day use only, dawn to dusk.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Permit Info: A valid California state fishing license is required to fish in the National Forest. Licenses are sold at sporting good outlets in many department and other retail stores. Make sure to pick up a current state fishing regulation guide with your license, for information on fishing times and limits. Contact California Department of Fish and Wildlife for more information.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring, Fall, and Winter
Busiest Season: Memorial Day through Labor Day
  • Dogs are not permitted in the Day Use Area (between Pinecrest Lake Road/Pinecrest Avenue and the lake and the boat launch and the fishing pier) between May 15 and September 15.
  • Dogs are required to be on a leash at all times (Tuolumne County Leash Law).
  • Boating (except for personal watercraft) is allowed on the lake, subject to a 20 MPH speed limit on the lake and a 5 MPH speed limit near the marina and swim area.
  • Fishing is permitted on the lake except at the marina, Forest Service boat launch area or designated swimming area.
  • The swimming area at Beach 1, marked by white buoys, is for swimming only. Please, no boats or fishing in this area.
  • Foot travel permitted only on the Pinecrest National Recreation Trail.
Closest Towns: Strawberry
Water: Drinking fountains located at restroom buildings
Restroom: Flush Toilets
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Accessible fishing access.


Pinecrest Lake is located 30 miles east of Sonora on State Highway 108.

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Picnic tables
Drinking water
Boat ramp
Tent camping
Camping trailer

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