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Camping at Coon Creek Group Campground

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Coon Creek Group Campground is a popular camping destination within the San Bernardino National Forest. Located in Southern California, this campground offers visitors a unique outdoor experience surrounded by natural beauty and various outdoor activities.

Location and Access

Coon Creek Group Campground is situated off Hwy 38, near Big Bear Lake in the heart of the San Bernardino National Forest. Accessing the campground usually requires a vehicle, and the last stretch of the road may be dirt or gravel, so be sure to check road conditions before your trip, especially after weather events that might affect road accessibility.

Camping Facilities and Reservations

Facilities: The campground offers basic amenities for campers including:

  • Group campsites suitable for larger parties (check the specific group site size limits and facilities).
  • Picnic tables and fire rings at each site.
  • Access to vault toilets.
  • No water or electrical hookups, so plan to bring sufficient water and alternatives for power if needed.

Reservations: Camping at Coon Creek Group Campground typically requires reservations, especially during peak seasons. Reservations can often be made:

  • Online through the Recreation.gov website.
  • By calling a reservation hotline.

Make sure to book well in advance to secure your spot.


Outdoor Recreation: The campground is well-suited for groups with an interest in:

  • Hiking: There are numerous trails accessible from the campground or nearby areas suitable for all skill levels.
  • Wildlife viewing: Keep your cameras ready for the diverse wildlife in the area.
  • Fishing: Streams, rivers, or lakes in the vicinity might offer trout fishing, with appropriate licenses.
  • Stargazing: The clear skies away from city lights provide an excellent opportunity for stargazing.

Safety and Regulations

Fire Regulations: As the campground is in a forested area, fire safety is paramount.

  • Check for fire restrictions before you start a campfire.
  • Only have fires in designated rings or pits.
  • Always put fires out completely before leaving or going to sleep.

Wildlife Precautions: Store food securely to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.

Environmental Concerns: Follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the surrounding environment.

Seasonal Conditions

The Coon Creek Group Campground is usually open from spring through fall, though exact dates can vary. It is typically closed during winter months due to snow and cold conditions. Always check the current operational status and seasonal weather conditions before planning your trip.

Additional Tips

Preparation: Be prepared for changing weather conditions by bringing appropriate gear and clothing.

Local Services: The nearest supplies and amenities may be found in the nearby towns, such as Big Bear Lake City. Plan to bring all necessary supplies with you as resources at the campground are limited.

Passes and Permits: A National Forest Adventure Pass may be required for your vehicle when parking in the San Bernardino National Forest. Check whether you need one and where to purchase it.


Coon Creek Group Campground provides an excellent opportunity for group camping experiences with nature's backdrop. Whether it's engaging in outdoor activities or simply enjoying the tranquility of the forest, proper planning, and adherence to campground regulations will ensure a memorable and safe camping trip for everyone involved. Remember to check the most recent information from official sources regarding reservations, road conditions, fire regulations, and seasonal accessibility before setting out.

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