Big River Campground in the Jackson Demonstration State Forest is probably an overlooked campground and I can see why it might be. Our family tends to be spur of the moment road-trippers so we rarely make camping reservations, yet we are able to camp ALL the time. We find places like Big River Campground and which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Bear Lake sits in the Emigrant Wilderness near Pinecrest, California at about 7,500 ft. Bear Lake is 3.5-4.5 miles to Crabtree Trail-head so it makes it a perfect location to take a family backpacking. The lake provides lots of opportunities to swim, fish and the granite rocks provide giant slides for kids to enjoy, not to mention breathtaking sunsets.