PINECREST DAY USE AREA, CA

Pinecrest Lake is located 40 minutes east of Sonora, California, and is within a 3-hour drive from major metropolitan areas including San Francisco, Sacramento and many valley cities. The lake is located at 5,600 feet elevation and provides cool summer relief, spectacular scenery...
Status: Open through Tue Sep 15 2015   Season Dates

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  • Dogs are not allowed in the Day Use Area between May 15 and September 15. Please plan accordingly.
  • Parking is generally challenging on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day. While there are parking spaces within 100 feet from each site, the closest parking spaces generally fill by 10:00 a.m. on weekend days. Outlying parking may be up to one mile from the day use area.
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    PINECREST DAY USE AREA GROUP PICNIC AREA 50 Accessible
    Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
    Pets Allowed - no Near Water
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    Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
    Pets Allowed - no Near Water
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    PINECREST DAY USE AREA GROUP PICNIC AREA 50 Accessible
    Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
    Pets Allowed - no Near Water
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    ** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
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    Overview

    Overview

    Pinecrest Lake is located 40 minutes east of Sonora, California, and is within a 3-hour drive from major metropolitan areas including San Francisco, Sacramento and many valley cities. The lake is located at 5,600 feet elevation and provides cool summer relief, spectacular scenery, and lake shore beaches for relaxing, swimming and picnics.

    Natural Features:

    The day use area is surrounded by mixed conifer, providing shade during warm summer days. The group picnic sites are located within sight of the lake offering easy access to the lake, beach and hiking trails.

    Recreation:

    Pinecrest Lake is popular for swimming, hiking, kayaking, fishing and sailing (small boats). A nearby resort offers boat rentals, lodging and groceries. Movies and interpretive programs are provided in the evenings at the amphitheater, also located in the day use area. Two campgrounds within the Pinecrest Basin offer opportunities at nearly 300 campsites within one mile from the Pinecrest Day Use Area.

    Facilities:

    Group use sites are fully accessible and provide group size pedestal grills, food storage boxes, group picnic tables and food prep table. Water hydrants and recycle and garbage cans are also located within the sites. Flush toilets are located nearby.

    Nearby Attractions:

    The Pinecrest National Recreation Trail traverses Pinecrest Lake for an easy four mile hike. Numerous opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating and lake play are within 100 feet from each group use picnic site.

    Booking Window
    Sun Sep 21 2014 - Sun Sep 20 2015

    Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Walk In Tue Sep 16 2014 Thu May 14 2015
    Peak Fri May 15 2015 Tue Sep 15 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Accessible Drinking Water
    • Accessible Fishing Dock
    • Accessible Flush Toilets
    • Accessible Grills
    • Accessible Parking
    • Accessible Picnic Areas
    • Accessible Walkways
    • Amphitheater
    • Beach Access
    • Boat Ramp
    • Boating
    • Food Storage Locker
    • Hiking
    • Kayaking
    • Lake Access
    • Marina
    • Parking Area
    • Swimming
    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Fees and Cancellation

    Fee Information
    Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

    Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
    Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

    Changes and Cancellations
    A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Walk In Season
    Sep 16 2014 -
    May 14 2015
    GROUP PICNIC AREA $0.00
    Peak Season
    May 15 2015 -
    Sep 15 2015
    GROUP PICNIC AREA $60.00

    *Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
    **Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
    Getting There
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    38.19139, -119.99333
    38°11'29"N, 119°59'36"W

    Pinecrest Day Use area is located approximately 35 miles east of Sonora, CA on Highway 108. The day use area is located on Pinecrest Lake Road, 1 mile from the intersection with Highway 108.
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    PINECREST DAY USE AREA
    #1 Pinecrest Lake Road
    Pinecrest  CA  95364

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (209)965-3434