Get ready for some high elevation cabrewing (beer drinking and canoeing) at Ward Lake Campground! While this campground may be challenging to get to, it is worth the long trek. Sites offer awe-inspiring lake views in groves of glistening Aspen. The lake offers non-motorized boating, fishing, and swimming. Whatcha waiting for?

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
17 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Bikers can breeze on the trails in the Bass Lake ranger district and the High Sierra ranger district. In the High Sierra, you c...Read more


Motorized boating is allowed at Shaver Lake and Redinger Lake, and there are plenty of opportunities for non-motorized boating:...Read more


Lakes and reservoirs are generally open year round; freshwater stream fishing is open from late April to mid November. The best...Read more


There’s no shortage of incredible hikes here: Nelder Grove is home to some of the finest sequoias, and best of all, there are n...Read more

Horseback riding

Equestrians have so much to explore in the Sierra National Forest! With five wilderness areas, trails, horse camps, and horse r...Read more


Paddlers are welcome to explore the lakes in this forest-- many of the rivers are whitewater, so if you are feeling confident a...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Those looking for some scenic driving have come to the right place. We highly recommend the incredible 100 mile Sierra Vista Sc...Read more


Pretty rad rock climbing here-- Tollhouse Rock and Courtright Reservoir both have over a hundred climbs. Check out the list on ...Read more

Snow sports

You can sled/tube in Goat Meadow, cross country ski, snowshoe, and snowmobile over 234 miles of trails. China Peak Ski Area off...Read more


Bass, Huntington and Shaver Lakes are perfect for swimming, with designated swim areas. You can also swim in these creeks and c...Read more

Whitewater paddling

Whitewater adventurers often come to the Sierra National Forest for the Kings River and Merced Wild and Scenic River. The Kings...Read more

Wildlife watching

Wildlife includes mule deer, black bears, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, marmots, porcupines, and quail. You can also find trout, bas...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Ward Lake Campground.

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Michael J.
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March 9th, 2019

This place is awesome, but there is a huge wasp/yellow jacket problem here in the Summer. They come out and swarm your food, so if you go here, plan on eating in your tent. Bringing traps wont really help, there are way too many of them. If you dont have food out, they will generally leave you undisturbed.

Hipcamper Eric G.
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September 28th, 2018
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May 22nd, 2018
Hipcamper Jason A.
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August 7th, 2017
Sierra National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(559) 297-0706
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37.302° N, 118.986° W
Tent / Van: 17 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)
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