The 727-acre Lower Bear River Reservoir a few miles off Highway 88 and 40 miles east of Jackson. Fishing, water skiing, and boating are all popular at Lower Bear River Reservoir. The lake is easy to access for day outings or overnight stays. At 5,800 feet, the reservoir is free of snow before any of the other major lakes higher on Carson Pass.
Drive out the dirt road toward the upper reservoir and then hike the final mile down to the lake's edge. The trail drops 200 feet. The upper lake is about a mile long and covers 166 surface acres.
Drive out the road on the east side of the reservoir to Deer Valley. There turn north on the Devils Lake dirt road, following it for 1.3 miles. Park there and continue on the trail to the lake, a 1.6 mile hike, climbing 500 feet. The tree-lined shorelines make great places for picnics. Fishing in the lake is good for brook trout.
Shriner Lake's trailhead is a bit of a convoluted drive on dirt roads south of Lower Bear River Reservoir, but the hike itself is only 2 miles, gaining 500 feet in elevation. The scenic lake has great fishing for rainbow trout, and there are good campsites along the southwest shore. Since it is in the Caron-Iceberg Wilderness, you will need a wilderness permit if you plan to stay overnight. At the Ranger Station in Pioneer pick up the Travel Opportunity Guide, a free map with great details of offroad routes, back country roads, and trails. It shows the road to the trailhead via Cole Creek.
40800 Highway 88, Pioneer, CA
(209) 295-4868 Bear River Lake Resort
Day Use Rates: (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM) Launch $10, Beach and Picnic Area $5
|Boat||Hour||Half Day||Full Day||Overnight*|
|*Overnight means return next day by 9:00 AM. Two night rates available. Prices subject to change.|
|Fishing Boat with motor and gas||$25||$75||$110||$110|
|Boat Size||Daily||weekly||Monthly||Monthly Double|
|Prices subject to change.|
|Standard Size Boat||$12||$72||$115||$172|
|Extra Large Boat||$22||$96||$135||$202.50|
All campsites include power, water, picnic tables, fire fits, flush toilet bathrooms, showers.
Rates for 1 vehicle and 4 people: $33 per night for standard site, $49.50 for extra large site (weekly and monthly rates available).
Sleep 4, bedroom and living room, linens and blankets provided, full baths, kitchens.
Rates: $117 for a single night, $102 per night for 2 or more nights, $612 per week.
Fees: $22 per night for 6 people and 2 vehicles
Pardoes Point Campground Map
Fees: $20 per night for 6 people and 2 vehicles
Sugar Pine Point Campground Map
Reservations: Required. (877) 444-6777 or
Recreation.gov - Bear River Group Campground
Fees: $150 for Kokanee (1-50 people), $75 for each of the other sites (3-25 people)
Bear River Group Campground Map