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.

Recreation Map

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Airport Flat Campground Closed to Visitor
Azalea Cove Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Bear Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Silver Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Black Oak Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Camino Cove Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Caples Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
Capps Crossing Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
China Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
Dru Barner Campground Open to Visitor
Fashoda Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Gerle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Harvey West Cabin Closed to Visitor Reservations Only
Hell Hole Campground Closed to Visitor
Ice House Bike Trail   
Ice House Campground Closed to Visitor
Jones Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Kirkwood Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
Lone Rock Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Loon Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season
Loon Lake Chalet Open to Visitor
Loon Lake Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Lovers Leap Campground Closed to Visitor
Middle Fork Cosumnes Campground Closed to Visitor
Middle Meadows Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Mokelumne Campground Closed to Visitor Closes when snow flies. No Services.
Moore Campground Closed to Visitor Closes when snow flies. No Services.
Northshore Campground Closed to Visitor Closes when the snow flies.
Northwind Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
Pacific Crest Trail North from Highway 88   
Pardoes Point Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
Pipi Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Pleasant Campground Closed to Visitor Closes when the snow flies
Ponderosa Cove Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Red Fir Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Robbs Hut Open to Visitor
Sand Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
Silver Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
Silver Lake Campground East Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
Silver Lake Campground West Closed to Visitor EID
Sly Guard Cabin Closed to Visitor
South Fork Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
South Shore Campground Closed to Visitor
Strawberry Point Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
Stumpy Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor
Sugar Pine Point Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
Sunset Campground Closed to Visitor
Upper Hole Campground Closed to Visitor
Van Vleck Bunkhouse Closed to Visitor
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
White Azalea Campground Closed to Visitor Closes when snow flies. No Services.
Wolf Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
Woods Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
Wrights Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Yellowjacket Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.