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The Bear River Group Campground offers four separate group campsites on a site above the south side of the Lower Bear River Reservoir.

$, May-Sep, Tents, 6000 ft elev, tables, grill, water, toilets, group site

Amador Ranger District, Eldorado NF, 40 mi east of Jackson on Highway 88 then go south 2 1/2 mi on Bear River Road. At the intersection go west (right) across the dam. Travel 2 mistaying to the left., Pioneer CA 95666

Phone: (209)295-4512

Whether you enjoy camping, fishing, water skiing, hiking or swimming, Bear River Lake is the place to be.  They are located 42 miles east of Jackson on Hwy 88.

They have many activities planned for their campers during the summer, including tacos on Friday nights and a steak dinner on Saturday nights. They also have many activities for the kids, including a playground, volleyball, a beach area and a game room.

Gold Country Campground Resort offers peaceful, heavily wooded surroundings in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Refresh yourself in a location that allows you to breathe the pristine mountain air and get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Come enjoy complete amenities and your choice of resort quality camping accommodations, from full hook-up, big rig friendly RV sites, tent campsites, rental cabins, motel rooms and a vacation cottage.
Kirkwood Lake Campground is a quiet getaway. Fun for the whole family. Kirkwood Lake is a great place for kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, and fishing. Open June 15 - October 15. 
Highway 88, 57 miles east of Jackson 
209-295-4251
Blue Lakes are part of a cluster of lakes 12 miles south of Highway 88 at Hope Valley. Operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the lakes serve as water storage for downstream hydro-electric plant. The lakes offer boating, swimming, and fishing. 
Blue Lakes Road 
Middle Creek & Middle Creek Expansion is 13 miles off Hwy 88 on stream between upper/ lower Blue Lakes. Open June - October. Camping, fishing and swimming are available. 
Blue Lakes Rd. 
209-223-6349
Mokelumne Campground is located 38 miles east of Jackson on Highway 88. Open year-round. Swimming, camping, fishing and hiking are available. 
Salt Springs Rd.
209-295-4251

Pardee Reservoir Recreation Area first opened to the public in 1958 and is open daily from Friday President's Day Weekend in February through the first Sunday in November each season. The many amenities that Pardee Lake Recreation offers includes: Fishing, Boating, Camping, Hiking & picnicking, Boat rentals, ten lane boat launch ramp, new state of the art fish cleaning station, Developed overnight Camping, 2 swimming pools, RV sites with full hook-ups, Laundry & hot showers, WiFi, Flush restrooms, Coffee shop, Store, Gas station, Full service marina and Wildlife galore!

Pardoes Point is open May 1 - November 15. Camping, swimming, and fishing are available. 
Bear River Rd, 40 miles east of Jackson. 
209-295-4251
Pipi Valley is a great place for riding Off Road Vehicles, camping, picnicing hiking and fishing. Fun for the whole family.  The area is part of the Eldorado National Forest along the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River.  Historically, the native Miwok people of northern California used to camp in this region in summertime.
 
PiPi Picnic Area
The PiPi Picnic Area is located at the entrance to PiPi Campground along the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River and offers great fishing and swimming opportunities.

Breathtaking beauty and quiet serenity are the trademarks of Plasse's Resort on Silver Lake in California's High Sierras. This secluded family resort is at the 7,200 foot elevation with the grandeur of mountain peaks, dense forests, cloistered lakes and meadows of wildflowers. Open from June until October each year, Plasse's Resort has something for every nature lover and outdoor enthusiast.

By the night, week, or season- Plasse's vacation getaway offers tent and RV campsites. And for the equestrian, separate camp facilities are available to accommodate guest and guest horses.

Salts Springs Reservoir is open Mid May - Mid November. Camping, swimming, and fishing are available. 
Salt Springs Rd, Hwy 88
Pioneer Ca
209-295-4251
Whether you enjoy this scenic lake while on the sandy shore of the swimming beach, in the water, or from your canoe, kayak or motor boat, this lake is a must on your vacation agenda. 
 
At 7,300 feet in elevation in the stunning Sierra Nevada, Silver Lake is a fishing paradise with rainbow brown, and mackinaw trout. Fish from shore, in a motor boat or fly fish in one of the many nearby streams. 
 
Silver Lake East is located 52 miles east of Jackson. Open June - October. Camping, swimming and fishing are available. Fun for the whole family. 
Highway 88
Pioneer Ca
209-295-4251
Silver Lake West is located 52 miles east of Jackson.  Open Mid May - Mid October. Camping, swimming and fishing is available. Fun for the whole family. 
Highway 88
Pioneer Ca
530-644-2545
Tiger Creek Reservoir, also known as Tiger Creek Afterbay, is popular for fishing and hiking. The elevation is 2,400 feet. Species of fish, rainbow trout,and brown trout. Picnic areas,swimming, hiking, no boats.
 
Open year round. The facility is operated by PG&E.
 
Upper Blue Lakes is located 15 miles off Hwy 88. Open June - October. Upper Blue Lake is a beautiful place for fishing, hiking, camping, and swimming. 
Blue Lakes Rd
916-386-5162
White Azalea is located off Ellis Rd, 37 miles east of Jackson off Highway 88. Picnicking, fishing, swimming, and camping are available. 
Ellis Rd
209-295-4251
Woods Lake located South off Hwy 88, near Carson Pass. Open July - October. Camping, swimming, picnicking, and fishing is available. 
209-295-4251