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Description - The complex includes five Developed Campgrounds with a total of 112 campsites; three developed Day Use Sites (Chickaree, Lake Alpine, and Marmot) including 48 picnic sites with grills, flush toilets and piped water and a boat launch.

Attractions - Accommodations are also available at the Lake Alpine Lodge, a full-service summer resort operated under Special Use Permit with the Stanislaus National Forest. The Lodge is open from May 1 through October 31 (weather permitting). It offers cabin rentals, a sit-down restaurant and cocktail lounge, public (fee) showers, a Laundromat, canoe, kayak, row and motor boat rentals, mountain bike rentals, and a small general store with groceries, fishing and camping gear, housewares, souvenirs, etc.

Recreation - Pinecrest Recreation Area is an excellent setting for boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and camping due to it's recreational facility development and lake setting.

Climate - Precipitation averages 50 inches annually on the western slope and as little as 15 inches on the eastern slope, 80% of it in the form of snow. Snowpacks typically linger into June, sometimes later following very wet winters. Summers are generally dry and mild, but afternoon thundershowers occur periodically and nighttime temperatures may dip below freezing anytime.

Location - Located just east of the community of Bear Valley.From the Bear Valley travel east on Highway 4 for two miles.

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Filed By: Melissa (Salinas, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly

Filed By: Harry Gochenouer (Antioch, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Toughest Part: Bears in the area woke us up at night, didn't bother us just noisy. Biggest Reward: The area is beautiful, the hikes are great, water is kind of cool but I still swam around. Would I go Again: If my trailer would fit in the sites. (Limited to 22') Seen bigger but I would want to squeez mine in between a tree and boulders. It is a great place for Tenters. Also backpacked into Duck Lake with our church Youth Group, they loved it.

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Additional Information:
Calaveras Ranger District - The Calaveras Ranger District, located in the northwest corner of Stanislaus National Forest, features 18 campgrounds.
California Lakes and Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs described here range from huge reservoirs to small mountain lakes. The lakes are often part of large recreation areas, National Forests or State Parks.


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