Lake Alpine Campground (West Shore)

Area Status: Open

Lake Alpine Campground is one of five campgrounds within the Lake Alpine Recreation Area that are situated in mature conifer forest on the shores of Lake Alpine. Lake Alpine Campground has 25 sites; there is RV camping but no hookups or electric.

Reservations required via

For more information on the recreation area and links to the other campground pages, visit the Lake Alpine Recreation Area page.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Reservations: All sites are reservable. Unreserved sites will be available on a walk-in, first-come, first-served basis. Make reservations through, 1-877-444-6777,  International, 518-885-3639, or via their website,  Campground is listed as (Lake Alpine) West Shore; click here to access the page.
Fees: $30 per night
Open Season: Late June or early July
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: July, early August
Closest Towns: Emergency medical services available at the Arnold Medical Clinic in the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold, or at Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital in San Andreas (Highway 49). Gas, groceries, camping supplies are available in Bear Valley and at Lake Alpine Lodge. Public (fee) showers available at Lake Alpine Lodge.
Water: Potable, seasonal
Restroom: Flush and vault
Passes: America the Beautiful Senior and Access passes and Golden Age/Golden Access passes accepted for reduced nightly camping fees in single sites. 
Operated By: Lake Alpine Campgrounds Inc.

General Information


On Highway 4, three miles east of Bear Valley: take the Lake Alpine West Shore Road and make the first left into the campground entrance.

General Notes:

Lake Alpine offers numerous recreation opportunities, including low-speed boating, fishing, hiking, and biking. Interpretive programs, including campfire programs, ranger-guided hikes, and children's activities are offered during the summer months.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

25 sites

RV Camping

RV/Trailer maximum length 50 ft. No hookups or electric.

Visitor Programs

A variety of programs are offered in the summer for both children and adults. Offerings include guided walks, campfire programs, live wildlife presentations, a fish-printing craft activity, and programs designed for children ages 4 to 12 including Junior Rangers, animal tracking, aquatic life exploration, forest exploration, and Native American crafts and games. Please visit the Outdoor Learning page for a program guide.

Visitor programs are usually held in the Marmot Day Use Area; to reach the parking lot, take the second left on Lake Alpine West Shore Road.

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