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
Capps Crossing Group Campground Open to Visitor
China Flat Campground Open to Visitor
Dru Barner Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Fashoda Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Gerle Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Harvey West Cabin Open to Visitor Reservations Only
Hell Hole Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Ice House Bike Trail Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Ice House Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Jones Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Kirkwood Campground Open to Visitor
Lone Rock Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Loon Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Loon Lake Chalet Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Loon Lake Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
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 Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
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
Pipi Campground Open to Visitor
Pleasant Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
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
Silver Fork Campground Open to Visitor
Silver Lake Campground East Open to Visitor
Silver Lake Campground West Open to Visitor EID
Sly Guard Cabin Open to Visitor
South Fork Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
South Shore Campground Open to Visitor
Strawberry Point Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Stumpy Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Sugar Pine Point Campground Open 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 until further notice
Woods Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Wrights Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
Yellowjacket Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice