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 Open to Visitor
Azalea Cove Campground Open to Visitor boat-in/hike-in campground
Bear Group Campground Open to Visitor
Big Meadows Campground Open to Visitor
Big Silver Group Campground Open to Visitor Reservations Only
Black Oak Group Campground Open to Visitor Reservations Only
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 year-round
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 boat-in/hike-in campground
Loon Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Loon Lake Chalet Open to Visitor Open year-round for overnight rental.
Loon Lake Group Campground Open to Visitor Reservation Only
Lovers Leap Campground Open to Visitor
Middle Fork Cosumnes Campground Open to Visitor
Middle Meadows Group Campground Open to Visitor
Mokelumne Campground Open to Visitor Closes when snow flies. No Services.
Moore Campground Open to Visitor Closes when snow flies. No Services.
Northshore Campground Open to Visitor
Northwind Campground Open to Visitor
Pacific Crest Trail North from Highway 88 Open to Visitor
Pardoes Point Campground Open to Visitor
Pipi Campground Open to Visitor
Pleasant Campground Open to Visitor Closes when snow flies
Ponderosa Cove Group Campground Open to Visitor Reservations Only.
Red Fir Group Campground Open to Visitor Reservations Only
Robbs Hut Open to Visitor Reservations Only
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 Open to Visitor Reservations Only
South Shore Campground Open to Visitor
Strawberry Point Campground Open to Visitor
Stumpy Meadows Campground Open to Visitor
Sugar Pine Point Campground Open to Visitor
Sunset Campground Open to Visitor
Upper Hole Campground Open to Visitor
Van Vleck Bunkhouse Open to Visitor Reservations Only
Wench Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Wench Creek Group Campground Open to Visitor Reservations Only
West Point Campground Open to Visitor
White Azalea Campground Open to Visitor Closes when snow flies. No Services.
Wolf Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Woods Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Wrights Lake Campground Open to Visitor Opens afternoon of June 27. No water available for a week.
Yellowjacket Campground Open to Visitor