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 Open to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Azalea Cove Campground Open to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Bear Group Campground Closed to Visitor Planned to open June 12.
Big Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Damaged in King fire. Expected opening is mid-summer.
Big Silver Group Campground Open to Visitor Reservation only
Black Oak Group Campground Closed to Visitor Damaged in King fire. Expected opening is mid-summer.
Camino Cove Campground Open to Visitor
Caples Lake Campground Open to Visitor First loop planned to open May 21.
Capps Crossing Group Campground Open to Visitor
China Flat Campground Open to Visitor
Dru Barner Campground Open to Visitor
Fashoda Campground Open to Visitor
Gerle Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Harvey West Cabin Open to Visitor Reservations Only
Hell Hole Campground Open to Visitor No water. Fee reduced to $5.
Ice House Bike Trail   
Ice House Campground Open to Visitor Boatramp is open.
Jones Fork Campground Open to Visitor
Kirkwood Campground Closed to Visitor Planned to open June 12.
Lone Rock Campground Open to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Loon Lake Campground Open to Visitor Low water levels so boat ramp is out of the water.
Loon Lake Chalet Open to Visitor
Loon Lake Group Campground Open to Visitor
Lovers Leap Campground Open to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Middle Fork Cosumnes Campground Open to Visitor
Middle Meadows Group Campground Open to Visitor No water.
Mokelumne Campground Open to Visitor No Services.
Moore Campground Open to Visitor No Services.
Northshore Campground Open to Visitor Fee
Northwind Campground Open to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Pacific Crest Trail North from Highway 88   
Pardoes Point Campground Closed to Visitor Open after Memorial weekend
Pipi Campground Open to Visitor
Pleasant Campground Open to Visitor No services.
Ponderosa Cove Group Campground Open to Visitor
Red Fir Group Campground Open to Visitor Reservation only
Robbs Hut Open to Visitor
Sand Flat Campground Open to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Silver Fork Campground Open to Visitor
Silver Lake Campground East Open to Visitor First loop planned to open May 21.
Silver Lake Campground West Open to Visitor EID
Sly Guard Cabin Open to Visitor reservation only.
South Fork Group Campground Open to Visitor Reservation only
South Shore Campground Open to Visitor Planned to open May 22.
Strawberry Point Campground Open to Visitor Fee
Stumpy Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Damaged in King fire. Expected opening is mid-summer.
Sugar Pine Point Campground Open to Visitor
Sunset Campground Open to Visitor
Upper Hole Campground Open to Visitor No services.
Van Vleck Bunkhouse Closed to Visitor
Wench Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Wench Creek Group Campground Open to Visitor
West Point Campground Open to Visitor Boatramp is open.
White Azalea Campground Open to Visitor No Services.
Wolf Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Woods Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Planned to open June 12.
Wrights Lake Campground Closed to Visitor The Wrights Lake campground, trailheads, and day use area (the entire developed site) is still closed to public use. Dispersed camping is not allowed in or around the Wrights Lake area.
Yellowjacket Campground Open to Visitor
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