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 By Memorial Weekend.
Azalea Cove Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Bear Group Campground Closed to Visitor Planned to open June 12.
Big Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Silver Group Campground Closed to Visitor By first reservation
Black Oak Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Camino Cove Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Caples Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Planned to open May 21.
Capps Crossing Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
China Flat Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Dru Barner Campground Open to Visitor
Fashoda Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Gerle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Harvey West Cabin Closed to Visitor Reservations Only
Hell Hole Campground Closed to Visitor
Ice House Bike Trail   
Ice House Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Jones Fork Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Kirkwood Campground Closed to Visitor Planned to open May 21.
Lone Rock Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Loon Lake Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Loon Lake Chalet Open to Visitor
Loon Lake Group Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Lovers Leap Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Middle Fork Cosumnes Campground Open to Visitor
Middle Meadows Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Mokelumne Campground Open to Visitor No Services.
Moore Campground Open to Visitor No Services.
Northshore Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Northwind Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Pacific Crest Trail North from Highway 88   
Pardoes Point Campground Closed to Visitor Planned to open May 21.
Pipi Campground Open to Visitor
Pleasant Campground   
Ponderosa Cove Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Red Fir Group Campground Closed to Visitor By first reservation
Robbs Hut Open to Visitor
Sand Flat Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Silver Fork Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Silver Lake Campground East Closed to Visitor Planned to open May 21.
Silver Lake Campground West Closed to Visitor EID
Sly Guard Cabin Closed to Visitor
South Fork Group Campground Closed to Visitor By first reservation.
South Shore Campground Closed to Visitor Planned to open May 21.
Strawberry Point Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Stumpy Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor
Sugar Pine Point Campground Closed to Visitor Planned to open June 1.
Sunset Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Upper Hole Campground Closed to Visitor
Van Vleck Bunkhouse Closed to Visitor
Wench Creek Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Wench Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
West Point Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
White Azalea Campground Open to Visitor No Services.
Wolf Creek Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.
Woods Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Planned to open June 12.
Wrights Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Yellowjacket Campground Closed to Visitor By Memorial Weekend.