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Bear River Lake Resort
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Reviewed 10 August 2010

First off I love camping and cooking outdoors and we have a tent trailer. I totally agree with one of the other posts this is a place for ATV's and lots of dust. It would not be bad to have ATV's if they didn't ride them around and around in the campground. We had to close our windows on the road side because of the dust from them. We actually left a day early because we couldn't take anymore. There are fire trails but there are so many kids and adults just driving around looking at your campsites and it is so noisy. I was so happy for nightfall so we didn't have to hear them anymore. This is not a place I would camp again. We really enjoyed the water but it's not worth it to put up with the noise.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank smiata91
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Reviewed 31 July 2010

This is a very different kind of camground. Primarily, the people who stay here are here to ride their quads/ATVs. The campsites themselves are crammed together and there are lots of families with kids. When the water is low you have to head over to the resevoir to get into the water. But when it's higher, there's a little inlet that sort of acts like a little lake nearer the individual campsites. Near the marina are where the 'regulars' stay. They bring their RVs and tend to stay all summer. The 'cabin's' are like mobile homes. Kind of odd for camping, but when they are nice.

Basically, if you are looking for a leisurely campground with quiet and lots of space...this is NOT the place. But if you are bringing your ATVs, this IS the place to come. Lots of riding at different levels to be found. And only about a 1 1/2 to 2 hour drive from greater Sacramento.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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2  Thank ofthemoon
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Reviewed 10 September 2009

I love this place. It's a camping resort so if you are looking to "rough it" or be completely secluded... this is probably not the place for you. Our family has been going there for a few years now and we love it. The campsite has lots that are kinda close to one another but it has never been a problem for us. We usually get one (or two) of the spots right off the water. There are plenty of water faucets, some electrical outlets, 4 hot showers (run off quarters), 2 restroom locations with 2 stalls in each the womans and mens. Horse shoe pit (bring your horseshoes) and a sand volleyball area. There is a swing set with two swings also. The fishing is good and there is a store that has plently of fishing equipment... a bar/restaurant/some groceries. The boat ramp is right in front of the store. If your looking to have some fun family time this is a nice place. People do stay up fairly late so you might hear them laughing etc.... BUT PLEASE if you have a new baby that cries all night... don't bring them hear because you will keep the whole site up... This happened to me the last time we went. =/

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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3  Thank Druslady96
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Reviewed 12 July 2009

Just returned from a 2 day camping trip at Bear River Lake. This place is terrible and the worst camping experience we've ever had.

To start off, mapquest and google maps have completely incorrect directions in a crucial spot telling you to go left on hwy 88 instead of making a right. We ended up driving 10 miles out of the way before calling and getting the correct directions from the office. The person we spoke with said they were aware of these sites giving incorrect directions. They said they've written to the sites about the incorrect directions and there is nothing else they could do. How about posting the correct directions on their website, since that is how we based our directions and they actually provide a link to mapquest. But no mention at all. In fact they just give the address of the campsite and you are forced to use an outside source for driving directions. Even the Garmin GPS system had the incorrect directions. This should have been a red flag before we even arrived.

Finally arrived and set up our tents and quickly realized this is not the place for tent camping as 95% of the sites were occupied by trailer or RVs. There are no fire rings except for a metal box that was leaning up against a table when we got there and no grills, eventhough the website stated each site had grills. When planning the trip we considered booking one of the "cabins" they listed on the website. The term cabin could not be used more loosely as these are nothing more than single wide trailers and the entire cabin section looked like a crowded trailer park.

There are no hiking trails around the campsite, so unless you are going to spend the entire time fishing or renting their equipment, there is really nothing to do here.

One of the most dissapointing parts of the experience was the staff. Whether it was calling for directions, checking in, renting kayaks, or buying firewood, everyone we spoke to and dealt with was unpleasant, unfriendly and not helpful. Only cared about taking our money which it became pretty obvious was what this place was all about. A very small bundle of firewood was $7.25, you could easily spend $100 on firewood at this place. The canoe and kayak rentals were average hourly prices ($10-$15 per hour), but when asked what was available no one there knew what they had and when we finally made decisions they ended up not having the amount of equipment they originally stated they had.

In summary, avoid this place at all costs. Unpleasant staff, expensive services, and terrible facilities. Although the surrounding area is beautiful, this place is not the way to enjoy it. I would reconmmend Wrights Lake or Jenkinson Lake for a great camping experience.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with friends
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8  Thank GrahamW58
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Reviewed 16 March 2007

I have been going to Bear River Lake Resort since 1985 (22 years). My parents after retirement found this place and kept there RV there for 1/2 year at a time. My oldest now 23 was going there since she was two and I would join them on the weekends. My family and I started going there after both my parents passed away and we always go by there favorite site and remember them. We enjoy our week there every August and have a special spot. We camp in a tent but our camping gear gets more and more civilized each year. We love it there and I can not see us ever not going there. We also camped (in a tent) in April or may two years ago. It was wet and there was some snow in shady areas. It rained all week long and was freezing. We had to make shelter where our table and fire was and would freeze when we went to take a shower. By and by that was our most favorite trip.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled with family
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2  Thank Coleflips2
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