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Lakes Basin Campground

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  • Lakes Basin Campground.- Lakes Basin Campground
  • Lakes Basin Campground.- Lakes Basin Campground
  • Typical campsite at Lakes Basin Campground.- Lakes Basin Campground
  • Typical campsite at Lakes Basin Campground.- Lakes Basin Campground
  • Hiking trails lead from the campground to nearby lakes.- Lakes Basin Campground
  • Long Lake.- Lakes Basin Campground
  • Hiking above Big Bear Lake.- Lakes Basin Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Hiking access to Lakes Basin. Bear Lakes and Round Lake.
Cons: 
Closed in winter.
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Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Camping fee: 
$19.00
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Tent/Car sites: 
22
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Mixed precipitation (1–2 in. of snow) until afternoon, starting again in the evening.
43°F
34°

Tue

Partly cloudy throughout the day.
59°F
30°

Wed

Drizzle until afternoon.
51°F
39°

Thu

Partly cloudy in the morning.
62°F
33°

Fri

Partly cloudy in the morning.
59°F
29°

Sat

Clear throughout the day.
59°F
30°

Sun

Clear throughout the day.
67°F
33°
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Providing unfettered access to the picturesque, glacially carved core of Lakes Basin, Lakes Basin Campground and its surrounding environs are a gem tucked into the northern edge of the Sierra Nevada range. Twenty-three Forest Service campsites are open from June through October, weather permitting.

Hiking abounds directly from the campground, with trails leading to many of the Lakes Basin highlights. The trail to Long Lake can be combined with the scenic Bear Lakes Loop for a longer day. The Lakes Basin Trailhead offers numerous other hiking options that begin a half mile down at the end of Elwell Lodge Road. The area is also well known for its productive lake fishing.

The campground is ideal for dog owners who will enjoy exploring the countless miles of Lakes Basin Trails open to dogs.

Potable water and vault toilets are available at the campground.

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(6 within a 30 mile radius)

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