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
Azalea Cove Campground Closed to Visitor .
Bear Group Campground Closed to Visitor Available by Reservation.
Big Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to fire recovery operations (Hazard tree removal)
Big Silver Group Campground Closed to Visitor Reservation only
Black Oak Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to fire recovery operations (Hazard tree removal)
Camino Cove Campground Closed to Visitor
Caples Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Due to the State’s curtailment of the ground water there is limited water available at the campgrounds. Please be water wise and fill your trailers and campers before heading up.
Capps Crossing Group Campground Closed to Visitor
China Flat Campground Closed to Visitor
Dru Barner Campground Closed to Visitor Due to hazard trees.
Fashoda Campground Closed to Visitor
Gerle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Harvey West Cabin Closed to Visitor Reservations Only
Hell Hole Campground Closed to Visitor
Ice House Bike Trail Closed to Visitor
Ice House Campground Closed to Visitor
Jones Fork Campground Closed to Visitor
Kirkwood Campground Closed to Visitor
Lone Rock Campground Closed to Visitor
Loon Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Loon Lake Chalet Open to Visitor
Loon Lake Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Lovers Leap Campground Closed to Visitor
Middle Fork Cosumnes Campground Closed 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
Northwind Campground Closed to Visitor
Pacific Crest Trail North from Highway 88   
Pardoes Point Campground Closed to Visitor Due to the State’s curtailment of the ground water there is limited water available at the campgrounds. Please be water wise and fill your trailers and campers before heading up.
Pipi Campground Open to Visitor
Pleasant Campground Closed to Visitor No services.
Ponderosa Cove Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Red Fir Group Campground Closed to Visitor Reservation only.
Robbs Hut Open to Visitor Gates are closed once snow flies. Access by ski or snowshoe only.
Sand Flat Campground Closed to Visitor
Silver Fork Campground Closed to Visitor
Silver Lake Campground East Closed to Visitor Due to the State’s curtailment of the ground water there is limited water available at the campgrounds. Please be water wise and fill your trailers and campers before heading up.
Silver Lake Campground West Closed to Visitor EID
Sly Guard Cabin Closed to Visitor reservation only.
South Fork Group Campground Closed to Visitor Reservation only
South Shore Campground Closed to Visitor Due to the State’s curtailment of the ground water there is limited water available at the campgrounds. Please be water wise and fill your trailers and campers before heading up.
Strawberry Point Campground Closed to Visitor
Stumpy Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor
Sugar Pine Point Campground Closed to Visitor
Sunset Campground Closed to Visitor
Upper Hole Campground Closed to Visitor No services.
Van Vleck Bunkhouse Closed to Visitor
Wench Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Wench Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Wentworth Springs Campground Closed to Visitor No services.
West Point Campground Closed to Visitor
White Azalea Campground Open to Visitor No Services.
Wolf Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Woods Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Wrights Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Yellowjacket Campground Closed to Visitor
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