Campground Improvements

Pinecrest Campground is a popular overnight destination in the Stanislaus National Forest. The campground experiences nearly 80-100 percent occupancy from Memorial Day through Labor Day with less use in the spring and fall and is closed during the winter.

Pinecrest Campground was built over 50 years ago during the 1960’s and has not been significantly modified or updated since. Pinecrest Campground is on Forest Service land and operated under special use permit where fees collected contribute to facility maintenance in the campground. However, due to the age and high use of the campground, the structural integrity of the facilities varies with increasing maintenance challenges and costs. While some facilities within the campground meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), most do not. Improvements are needed to meet current laws and standards for accessibility, health and safety, and to better meet the needs of recreation for the public visiting the Pinecrest area.

The Forest Service and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) plan to rehabilitate the Pinecrest Campground facilities, site amenities, roads, trails and infrastructure within the existing boundaries of Pinecrest Campground. This joint effort comes from a Settlement Agreement from 2006 associated with the Stanislaus Spring-Gap Hydroelectric Project which PG&E owns and operates under a permit granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Pinecrest Campground Improvements is a Forest Service project for proposed action. The Forest Service will perform environmental review on the project and administer the rehabilitation and construction efforts. 

Proposed Action – Pinecrest Campground Improvements

Pinecrest Campground Improvements include rehabilitating all facilities, site amenities, roads, trails and infrastructure within the existing boundaries of the Pinecrest Campground. For more information on the specific improvements related to the Pinecrest Campgrounds project, including the US Forest Service Scoping and Map Package, visit The Stanislaus National Forest Planning website at:


Campground Design Documents

To get detailed information on the campground design and to see conceptual drawings and layouts of the proposed campgrounds click here.  To learn more about the criteria used to determine how the campgrounds were designed to meet current ADA/ABA regulations, protect the environment and allow for a more enjoyable recreation experience click here. Alternatively, you can go to the Downloadable Documents page to access multiple documents related to the Pinecrest Lake improvements.


For additional information regarding this project, contact Jennifer Sorensen at the Summit Ranger District, #1 Pinecrest Lake Road, Pinecrest, CA 95364; or, call (209) 965-3434 ext. 5313.

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and the Stanislaus National Forest Summit Ranger District (USFS)

Joint Management of Pinecrest Lake

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and the Stanislaus National Forest (STF) jointly manage Pinecrest Lake reservoir.
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