Recreation

The Eldorado National Forest is an ideal place for people seeking to escape from busy urban lifestyles. Its climate and topography offer a wide range of recreational opportunities, including hiking, fishing, camping and cross-country and downhill skiing.

It is located one hour from the metropolitan area of Sacramento which has a population of over one million people, and two to three hours driving time from the San Francisco Bay area, with a population of over six million. The Forest therefore plays a vital role in the environment, health and well being of over seven million people.

The Eldorado National Forest is also situated near the original California gold discovery site on the American River at Coloma, and still boasts numerous gold-bearing rivers and streams.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Airport Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Azalea Cove Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Bear Group Campground Open to Visitor
Big Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Big Silver Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Black Oak Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Camino Cove Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Caples Lake Campground Open to Visitor Front loop open (closes when the snow flies). Back loop closed for the season.
Capps Crossing Group Campground Closed to Visitor
China Flat Campground Open to Visitor Closes October 13.
Dru Barner Campground Open to Visitor
Fashoda Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Gerle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Harvey West Cabin Open to Visitor Reservations Only
Hell Hole Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Ice House Bike Trail Open to Visitor
Ice House Campground Open to Visitor Lower loop open until October 13. Upper Loop closed for the season
Jones Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Kirkwood Campground Closed to Visitor
Lone Rock Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Loon Lake Campground Open to Visitor Closes October 13.
Loon Lake Chalet Open to Visitor
Loon Lake Group Campground Open to Visitor
Lovers Leap Campground Open to Visitor
Middle Fork Cosumnes Campground Open to Visitor
Middle Meadows Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Mokelumne Campground Open to Visitor Closes when snow flies. No Services.
Moore Campground Open to Visitor Closes when snow flies. No Services.
Northshore Campground Open to Visitor Closes when the snow flies.
Northwind Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Pacific Crest Trail North from Highway 88 Open to Visitor
Pardoes Point Campground Open to Visitor Closes October 14.
Pipi Campground Open to Visitor Closes at the end of Deer season.
Pleasant Campground Open to Visitor Closes when the snow flies
Ponderosa Cove Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Red Fir Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Robbs Hut Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Sand Flat Campground Open to Visitor Closes October 13.
Silver Fork Campground Closed to Visitor
Silver Lake Campground East Open to Visitor Front loop closes when the snow flies. back loop closes October 20.
Silver Lake Campground West Open to Visitor EID
Sly Guard Cabin Open to Visitor
South Fork Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
South Shore Campground Open to Visitor
Strawberry Point Campground Open to Visitor Closes October 13.
Stumpy Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Sugar Pine Point Campground Closed to Visitor
Sunset Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Upper Hole Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Van Vleck Bunkhouse Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Wench Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Wench Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
West Point Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
White Azalea Campground Open to Visitor Closes when snow flies. No Services.
Wolf Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
Woods Lake Campground Open to Visitor Closes October 14.
Wrights Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Meadow loop, equestrian loop, and day use area open.
Yellowjacket Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.