Pinecrest Campground and Camping

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About the Campground

Pinecrest Lake is a picturesque summer lake located 30 miles East of Sonora just off Hwy 108 at an elevation of 5600'. The recreation area is located on the West side of the lake and is comprised of the Pinecrest Campground Complex, the day use beach area and marina, a small shopping center and recreation cabins. There is also a USFS Ranger Station located at the entrance to the Recreation Area. Pinecrest Campground: Typical campsite facilities include a paved parking pad, picnic table and fire ring, the majority of the sites are treed. Bathrooms have flush toilets, sinks and a utility sink. No RV hookups area available. There is a dump station available and water supply. The campground has water faucets with potable water. Wi-Fi internet service is available, during posted hours, within 100' of the kiosk. Camping is available in Pinecrest year round, the following restrictions apply: Oct 12, 2009 to April 23, 2010 - Winter Camping. Limited campground services available and limited Forest Service facilities remain open. April 23, 2010 to May 6, 2010 - Walk in Availability, Weather Permitting May 7, 2010 to Sept 6, 2010 - Advanced Reservations Required Sept 7, 2010 to Oct 7, 2010: - Walk in Availability, Weather Permitting Oct 12, 2010 to Opening Day 2011 - Winter Camping. No Campground Services Available and limited Forest Service facilities remain open. For more information on the free winter camping you may visit or email Group Camping: Pioneer Trail Campground is located approx 1 mile from Pinecrest Lake and is perfect for large groups of 50 to 75 people. Please search for Pioneer Trail, CA. on the home page. You may visit or email for further information. Please Note: Early check-in is not guaranteed, your site may be occupied by another party the night before your arrival. All reserved campsite(s) must be slept in starting the first night of the reservation. Official check-in time is 2:00 pm. Maximum of 6 people per site strictly enforced. Maximum of 3 tents or 1 RV/Trailer per site. Maximum of 2 vehicles per site (RV's included) as long as they fit on the parking pad. No guarantee that two vehicles will fit, especially if there is a trailer as well. Free overflow parking available. Dogs are allowed in the campground but not in the day use area. Dogs must be on a leash and attended at all times.

Services & Amenities

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach
  • Bike Trail
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campground Store
  • Canoeing
  • Convenience Stores
  • Dock
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Flush Toilet
  • Gas And Propane
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horseback Riding
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Pack Station
  • Parking
  • Picnic Tables
  • Public Marina
  • Rent Bicycles
  • Restaurant
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Telephone
  • Visitor Center
  • Water Drinking
  • Water Faucets
  • Wireless Internet


Peak Season
May 07 2010 -
Sep 19 2010
Walk In Season
Sep 20 2010 -
Oct 17 2010
Peak Season
May 08 2011 -
Sep 06 2011

Alerts and Important Information Reservations must be made at least 48 hrs in advance. This campground requires a 3 day minimum stay on holiday weekends. No refunds for early departure or less than 24 hour notice. Phone numbers for additional Information: Dodge Ridge: (209) 965-3474 (Sept to May) Pinecrest Kiosk (209) 965 3116 (April to Sept) Pinecrest Ranger Station (209) 965 3434

Campground Contact Information

Open From: Jun 16 2010 to Dec 14 2010
Reservation Phone: 877-444-6777
Campground Reservations: Pinecrest
Campground Phone: 209-965-3474
Customer Service Phone:888-445-1474
Backcountry Permits Phone: 877-550-6777
Location: Pinecrest (near Modesto), CA
Phone: 209-965-3474

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More About Pinecrest Campground

Pinecrest is a campground located in Modesto, California. This is a US Forest Service campground. All reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777.

To find this campground check the map shown above, or enter -119.9972 latitude, and -119.9972 longitude into your GPS device.

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