Bear River Reservoir

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Size and Location: The 727 acre reservoir is located at an elevation of 5,850 feet in El Dorado National Forest 42 miles east of Jackson.

Directions: From Jackson go 40 miles east on Highway 88 and turn right onto Bear River Reservoir Road for 2 miles.

Camping: There are two nearby developed U.S. Forest Service campsites at South Shore Campground and Bear River Group Campgound. South Shore Campground has 22 units and is first come, first served; Bear River Group Campground has 3 sites that may accommodate 25-50 people. For reservations at the group campground call Sierra Recreation Managers at (209) 295-4512. Fees are charged at both campgrounds. There is piped water, picnic tables, toilets, grills, and fire-rings, but no hook-ups. Open May 15 - Oct. 15, depending on snow.

Bear River Resort features130 developed campsites. Amenities include power, water picnic tables, fire pits, flushable toilets in the bathrooms, showers dump station on site (for RV's to dump waste), ice machine, Laundromat, video arcade, gas sold on site, playground, telephones, full store and a full Bar and restaurant.

Cabin Rentals: Bear River Campground has seven lodging units, each having accommodations for four occupants. Each unit has a separate bedroom. All units have a day bed in the living room. Linens and blankets for four occupants are provided. All the units have full baths - towels are provided. Kitchens contain stoves, microwave ovens, refrigerators, cooking utensils and service setting for four.

Boat Rentals & Marina Facilities: Bear River Lake Resort rents fishing boats with gas motors, canoes, paddle boats and kayaks. Marina slips are available. Marina gas hours are from 8 am to 4:30 pm. For fees and more information, contact the Bear River Resort at 40800 Highway 88, Pioneer, Cal, 95666, bearriver@suredial, net, http://www.bearrivercampground.com, tel. 209-295-4868 or fax 209-295-4585.

 

Articles & Reports
16 Lb. Mack Tops Bear River Catches

Written By: Dan Bacher,
September 2, 2014

(Pioneer) Most anglers don’t regard late summer as a prime time for catching big mackinaws, but the fact is that lunker lakers can be hooked just about any time of year.

Just asks Norm Barlow, who caught and released a 16 lb. mackinaw at...

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Lower Bear River Lake: The Lake Is Full And The Trout Are Biting Lower Bear River Lake: The Lake Is Full And The Trout Are Biting

Written By: Dan Bacher,
June 5, 2014

In spite of the drought, scenic Lower Bear River Reservoir in the Carson Pass Corridor is in great shape and the trout are biting. The reservoir offers an array of fishing options, ranging from shore fishing for planted and holdover...

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Caples Lake, Bear River Resorts Close For Season

Written By: Dan Bacher,
November 2, 2013

The Bear River Lake Resort closed for the season on Sunday, October 27, and won’t reopen until May 1, 2014, depending on the weather.

The boat ramp is currently out of the water at Lower Bear River Reservoir. “Bank anglers are catching a...

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16 Lb. Mack Tops Bear River Catches

Written By: Dan Bacher,

(Pioneer) Most anglers don’t regard late summer as a prime time for catching big mackinaws, but the fact is that lunker lakers can be hooked just about any time of year.

Just asks Norm Barlow, who caught and released a 16 lb. mackinaw at Lower Bear River Reservoir this...

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Caples Lake, Bear River Resorts Close For Season

Written By: Dan Bacher,

The Bear River Lake Resort closed for the season on Sunday, October 27, and won’t reopen until May 1, 2014, depending on the weather.

The boat ramp is currently out of the water at Lower Bear River Reservoir. “Bank anglers are catching a few small rainbows while using...

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Expect Better Trout Action With Cooler Weather

Written By: Dan Bacher,

The weather is cooling down in the high country and anglers can expect improving rainbow, brown and mackinaw action at Caples, Silver and Lower Bear River Lakes.

“One of the locals up here in Kirkwood braved the cold this morning and hooked a 2 lb rainbow trout,”...

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Tips & Tactics for Bear River Reservoir
Trolling For Deep Water Mackinaw Trolling For Deep Water Mackinaw

Written By: Cal Kellogg

Deepwater trolling, shallow water trolling and jigging are the three most popular approaches used for subduing macks throughout the year...

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Written By: Cal Kellogg

Take a look at the tackle assortment of a trout and landlocked king salmon troller and you’ll see a lot of spoons, such as Sep’s Pro...

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Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait? Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait?

Written By: Cal Kellogg

I’m of the opinion that in most situations well-presented natural baits will outperform artificials. Following this philosophy, when the...

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Weather Report for Bear River Reservoir

Todays date: Saturday October 25, 2014

Bear River Reservoir Species
  • Trout
  • Trout
  • Mackinaw
  • Mackinaw
Whats Biting?

Trout

Mackinaw



Water Level for Bear River Reservoir

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