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
Azalea Cove Campground Open to Visitor
Bear Group Campground Open to Visitor Available by Reservation.
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
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
Ice House Bike Trail Open to Visitor
Ice House Campground Open to Visitor
Jones Fork Campground Open to Visitor
Kirkwood Campground Open to Visitor
Lone Rock Campground Open to Visitor
Loon Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Loon Lake Chalet Open to Visitor
Loon Lake Group Campground Open to Visitor
Lovers Leap Campground Open to Visitor
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
Northwind Campground Open to Visitor
Pacific Crest Trail North from Highway 88   
Pardoes Point Campground Open to Visitor
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
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 reservation only.
South Fork Group Campground Open to Visitor Reservation only
South Shore Campground Open to Visitor
Strawberry Point Campground Open to Visitor
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 Open to Visitor
Wench Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Wench Creek Group Campground Open to Visitor
Wentworth Springs Campground Open to Visitor No services.
West Point Campground Open to Visitor
White Azalea Campground Open to Visitor No Services.
Wolf Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Woods Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Wrights Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Yellowjacket Campground Open to Visitor
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