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Current Campground Conditions (By District)

Last updated: January 17, 2023

Current conditions of the developed campgrounds on the forest are listed here, by Ranger District. Note: When winter weather and storms occur, all sites are subject to closure without notice.

Notes:

The  interagency America the Beautiful passes (Golden Age) DO NOT APPLY to concession facilities with standard amenity fees (which are typically our day use sites). The concession has developed its own Day Use pass for the facilities it operates. There is now a single concessionaire for the entire forest. 

GEORGETOWN RANGER DISTRICT - Wentworth Springs Road Area
Facility Name Fee Status Campfires Allowed when Open?

Bear Creek Day Use Area

(USFS operated)

 

Open. Closes with snowfall.

No

Brush Creek Day Use Area

(USFS operated)

 

Open. Closes with snowfall.

No

Traverse Creek Day Use Area

(USFS operated)

 

Open. Closes with snowfall.

No

Dru Barner Park

(USFS operated)

$8 overnight/ $3 day

Open. Closes with snowfall.

Bring water.  

Yes

Donaldson Trailhead

(USFS operated)

 

Open. Closes with snowfall.

No

East Slab Creek Reservoir Day Use Area

(USFS operated)

 

Open. Closes with snowfall.

No

Long Canyon Camping Area

(USFS operated)

 

Closes with snowfall.

Yes

Rock Creek Trails Area

 

Bald Mountain OHV Staging Area

None

Closed until 48 hours of drying weather.

Yes

Balderston Staging Area

None

Closed until 48 hours of drying weather.

Yes

Mace Mill OHV Staging Area

None

Closed until 48 hours of drying weather.

Yes

Stumpy Meadows Area 

 

Ponderosa Cove Group

(Concession operated)

$175/75 person

(reservation only)

Closed.

Yes

Stumpy Meadows

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$10/dump fee
$5/extra vehicle

Closed.

Yes

Stumpy Meadows Boatramp and Picnic Area

(Concession operated)

$28/camping on boatramp-RVs only
$10/boatramp & picnic area day use

Closed.

Yes

Black Oak Group (4 sites)

(Concession operated)

$135/50 person (2)
$105/25 person (1)
$145/75 person (1)(reservation only)

Closed.

Yes

Hell Hole Area 

 

Middle Meadows Groups 

(2 sites)

(USFS operated)

$25/25 person (1)
$50/50 person (1)
Reservation only.

Closed.

No

Big Meadows

(USFS operated)

$10/single
$20/double

Closed.

Yes

Hell Hole

(USFS operated)

$10

Closed indefinitely due to 2021 winter blowdown of trees. 

Yes

Hell Hole Boatramp Parking Areas

(USFS operated)

 

Snow.

No

Hell Hole Vista

(USFS operated)

 

Closed.

No

Upper Hell Hole walk/boat in

(USFS operated)

None

Closed.

Yes

PACIFIC RANGER DISTRICT - Crystal Basin Area

Facility Name Fee Status Campfire Allowed?

Crystal Basin Ice House Road Area

 

Cleveland Corral Information Station

 

Closed.

No

Silver Creek Group

(Concession operated)

$130/40 person

 (reservation only)

Closed.

Yes

Ice House Resort

(private)

 

9000 Ice House Rd Pollock Pines, CA 95726, (530) 293-3321

 

Big Hill Overlook

(USFS operated)

 

Closes with snowfall.

No

Crystal Basin Information Station

 

Closed.

No

Robbs Hut

(USFS operated)

$65 (6 person max, reservation only)

Access by permit. (year-round).  The lower gate on the Robbs Hut Rd #13N31, is closed due to snow. The upper gate is always locked and access is for renters only.  

Winter: Access is by ski or snowshoe only.

No

Van Vleck Bunkhouse

(USFS operated)

$75 (6 person max. (reservation only)

Closed for repairs. 

No

Tells Equestrian Campground & Van Vleck Trailhead

(USFS operated)

 

Snow.

No

Bassi Falls Trailhead & Millionaire Camping Area

(USFS operated)

 

Snow.

No

South Fork Group

(USFS operated)

$100

(reservation only)

Closed.

Yes

Ice House Reservoir Area

 

Ice House
Campground

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$5/extra vehicle
$10/dump fee

Closed.

Automated Fee Machine available at this location: Fees can be paid with credit/debit cards.

Yes

Ice House Boatramp, Dam Area Day Use, and Picnic Area

(Concession operated)

$28/camping on boatramp
$10/boatramp & picnic day use

The boatramp is open for lake access/day use and for camping with self-contained vehicles only until it snows. No services.

No

Northwind

(USFS operated)

$10

Closed.

Yes

Strawberry Point

(USFS operated)

$10

Closed.

Yes

Upper Silver Creek Day Use

(USFS operated)

 

Closed. 

No

Union Valley Reservoir Area

 

Jones Fork

(USFS operated)

$10

Closed.

Yes

Lone Rock

walk/bike/boat in

(USFS operated)

None

Closed. 

Yes

Sunset

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$84/triple
$145/30 person (1)
$5/extra vehicle
‚Äč$10/dump fee

Closed. 

See Facility Renovation page for renovation closure after Labor Day.

Automated Fee Machine available at this location: Fees can be paid with credit/debit cards.

Yes

Sunset Boatramp

(Concession operated)

$28/camping on boatramp (overflow only)
$10/boatramp, day use

Closed after Labor Day for construction.

See Facility Renovation page for renovation closure after Labor Day.

Yes 

Sunset Group

(Concession operated)

Fee / 30 person site

Closed. 

See Facility Renovation page for renovation closure after Labor Day.

Yes

Fashoda Tent 
Campground

(Concession operated)

$28 (reservation only)
$3/shower

Closed. 

See Facility Renovation page for renovation closure after Labor Day.

Yes

Fashoda Day Use

(Concession operated)

$10/picnic

Closed.

See Facility Renovation page for renovation closure after Labor Day.

Yes

Big Silver Group

(Concession operated)

$145/ 50 person
(reservation only)Open.

Closed.

Yes

Azalea Cove walk/bike/boat in

(USFS operated)

None

Closed. 

Yes

Wench Creek

(Concession operated)

$28

Closed.

Automated Fee Machine available at this location: Fees can be paid with credit/debit cards.

 Yes

Wench Creek Group

(Concession operated)

$160/ 50 person (2 sites)
(reservation only)

Closed.

 Yes

Yellowjacket

(Concession operated)

$28
$10/dump fee

Closed.

Yes

Yellowjacket Boatramp

(Concession operated)

$8/boatramp day use

Closed.

No

Wolf Creek

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double

Closed.

Yes

Wolf Creek Groups (3)

(Concession operated)

$140/25 people (tent)
$170/50 people
$140/25 people

(reservation only)

Closed.

 Yes

Camino Cove

(USFS operated)

 

Closed for season.

See Facility Renovation page for renovation closure. Forest order 03-23-06.

Yes

Westpoint

(Concession operated)

$25/single

Closed.

Yes

Westpoint Boatramp

(Concession operated)

$10/boatramp, day use

Closes with snow.

No 

Gerle Creek Area

 

Angel Creek
Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

$10/day use

Closed.

No

Airport Flat

(USFS operated)

None

Closes with snowfall.

Yes

Gerle Creek 
Campground

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$5/extra vehicle

Closed.

 

Yes

Gerle Creek
 Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

$10/picnic area

Closed.

No

Loon Lake Area

 

Loon Lake

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$5/extra vehicle
$10/dump fee

Closed.

Automated Fee Machine available at this location: Fees can be paid with credit/debit cards.

Yes

Loon Lake Boatramp and Picnic Area

(Concession operated)

$28/camping on boatramp
$10/day use boatramp, picnic area

Closed.

No

Loon Lake Undeveloped Boatramp (north shore)

none

Closes with snowfall.

No

Loon Lake Trailhead

$10/day use

Closed.

No

Loon Lake Groups (3)

(Concession operated)

$160/50 person (Group#1)
$135/35 person (Group#2)
$130/25 person (Eq.Group)
(reservation only)

Closed.

Yes

Loon Lake Chalet

(USFS operated)

$100 (20 person max. reservation only)

The Loon Lake Chalet will be closed until further notice. It will be undergoing redesign and reconstruction.

Parking area and restroom are accessible.

No

Northshore

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$5/extra vehicle

Closed.

 

Yes

Red Fir Group

(Concession operated)

$125/25 person. (reservation only)

Closed.

Yes

Pleasant walk/bike/boat in

(USFS operated)

None

Closed.

Yes

Wentworth Springs

(USFS operated)

None

Closes with snowfall.

Yes

Wrights Lake Area

 

Wrights Lake

(Concession operated)

$25/single
$50/double
$5/extra vehicle

Closed.

Automated Fee Machine available at this location: Fees can be paid with credit/debit cards.

Yes

Wrights Lake
Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

day use,  picnic area, boatramp area

Closed.

Yes

Rockbound & Twin Lakes Trailheads

(Concession operated)

day use fee

Closed.

(The day use/parking fee at Pyramid Creek, Rockbound, and Twin Lakes Trailhead will be waived for overnight permit holders accessing Desolation Wilderness.)

Overnight permit holders are issued a parking pass for trailheads that charge a day use fee. The parking pass should be displayed on the dash of their vehicle when using the parking area. The parking pass does not reserve a parking space nor guarantee parking will be available.)

No

Lyons Creek
Trailhead

(USFS operated)

 

Closes with snowfall.

No

 

PLACERVILLE RANGER DISTRICT - Highway 50 Corridor
Facility Name Fee Status Campfire Allowed?
Highway 50 Corridor Area  

East Slab Creek Day Use

(USFS operated)

 

Closes with snowfall.

No

West Slab Creek Day Use

(USFS operated)

 

Closed.

No

Bridal Veil Picnic Area and Group camp

(Concession operated)

$10/day use (per vehicle)

$105/30 person group, 7 vehicles

Closed

No

Sand Flat

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed

Yes

Pony Express Corral Trailhead

(USFS operated)

 

Closes with snowfall. Note: the bridges were destroyed/damaged in the Caldor fire.

No

Lovers Leap
Campground

(Concession operated)

$28/camping
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed.

Yes

Lovers Leap
Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

$10/day use

Closed.

No

Pyramid Trailhead

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

$10/day use parking fee

Closed.

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Automated Fee Machine available at this location: Fees can be paid with credit/debit cards.

(The day use/parking fee at Pyramid Creek, Rockbound, and Twin Lakes Trailhead will be waived for overnight permit holders accessing Desolation Wilderness. 

Overnight permit holders are issued a parking pass for trailheads that charge a day use fee. The parking pass should be displayed on the dash of their vehicle when using the parking area. The parking pass does not reserve a parking space nor guarantee parking will be available.)

No

Mt. Ralston Trailhead

(USFS operated)

 

Closes with snowfall.

(Desolation Wilderness overnight permit required year-round)

No

Adventure Mountain Snowplay Area

(Special Use Permit)

 

Open. See website for activities.

http://adventuremountaintahoe.com/ 

 

Sierra at Tahoe

(Special Use Permit)

 

Open. See website for activities.

https://www.sierraattahoe.com/

 

Sayles Canyon / Bryan Meadow Trailhead

(USFS operated)

 

Closes with snowfall.

No

Echo Lake Chalet

(Private)

 

Call for information.

Phone: 530-659-7207 (8 am to 6 pm PST summer only); echochalet-since1939@earthlink.net, www.echochalet.com.

No

Echo Lake Parking area / Sno-Park

 

Open.

Parking area is a California Sno-Park from November 1 through April 30.

No

Silver Fork Road Area

 

China Flat 
Campground 

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed.

Yes

China Flat Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

 

Closed.

No

Harvey West Cabin

(USFS operated)

$105 (20 person max.)

Closed.

No

Silver Fork

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed.

Yes

Gray Rock Camping Area

 

Closed. Caldor Fire damage. Forest Order 03-23-09.

Yes

Caples Creek Equestrian Trailhead

(USFS operated)

 

Closes with snowfall.

No 

Caples Creek Trailhead 

(USFS operated)

 

Closes with snowfall.

No

Sly Park Area

 

Sly Park Recreation Area

(EID)

 

530-644-2545.  www.eid.org.  Open.

n/a

Fleming Meadow Trailhead

None

Closes with snowfall.

No

Sly Guard Cabin

(USFS operated)

 

Open. Reservation only.

No

Cedar Park Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Closes with snowfall.

No

North South Road Area

 

Capps Crossing Group

(Concession operated)

$165 group
$28 single
$56 double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed due to Caldor Fire damage. Forest Order 03-23-09

Yes

Capps Crossing Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

 

Closed due to Caldor Fire damage. Forest Order 03-23-09

No

Elkins OHV Staging Area

None

Closed. Significant trail damage from fire. Forest Order 03-23-09

Yes

AMADOR RANGER DISTRICT - Highway 88 Corridor

 
Facility Name Fee Status Campfire Allowed?

North South Road Area

 

Gold Note OHV Staging Area

None

Closes with snowfall. Subject to seasonal wet weather road closure after January 1st.

Yes

Pipi
Campground

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$84/triple
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed.

Yes

Pipi
Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

$10/day use

Closed.

Automated Fee Machine available at this location: Fees can be paid with credit/debit cards.

No

Blue Lakes Area

 

Blue Lake Lower, Upper, and Dam. Middle Creek

(PG&E)

$23

Check with PG&E for current status. PG&E website

Closed.

 

Highway 88 Corridor

 

Lumberyard Picnic Area

(USFS operated)

None

Closes with snowfall.

No

Shot Rock Vista Day Use Area

(USFS operated)

None

Closes with snowfall.

No

Middle Fork Cosumnes and Annex

(Concession operated)

$25/single
$50/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed.

Yes

Iron Mountain Parking Area / Sno-Park

(USFS operated)

 

Open.

No

Martin Meadow Campground

(USFS operated)

None

Closed. Caldor fire damage. Forest Order 03-23-09

Yes

Shealor Lake Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Closes with snowfall.

No

Silver Lake Area

 

Silver Lake East

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed.

Yes

Silver Lake West

(EID)

$30

www.eid.org/recreation/silver-lake 

Please contact 530-295-6810 for updates.

 

Allen Camp Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Closes with snowfall.

No

Sandy Cove Picnic

(EID)

$10 (boat launch)

$5 (day use)

www.eid.org. Check with EID for status.

No

Plasse's Resort

(Private)

 

Check with Resort for status.

www.plassesresort.com. 209-258-8814.

 

EID Boat Launch

$10 (boat launch)

$5 (day use)

Check with EID for status.

www.eid.org

Self-pay boatramp and bathrooms only during the summer. No store.

No

Horse Canyon Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Closes with snowfall.

No

Thunder Mountain Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Closes with snowfall

No

Mud Lake OHV Trailhead

None

Closes with snowfall.

No

Kit Carson Lodge

(Private)

 

www.kitcarsonlodge.com. 209-258-8500. Call resort for information and reservations for rentals.

 

Kirkwood Area

 

Kirkwood Lake

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

 

Closed.

Yes

Kirkwood Resort

(Private)

 

www.kirkwood.com. (209) 258-6000. 

Open. 

 

Margaret Lake Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

 Closes with snowfall.

Caution: crews are working on the trail falling hazard trees and repairing sections of the trail over the next few weeks.

No

Caples Lake Area

 

Caples Dam Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Closed.

Trail goes into Mokelumne Wilderness to Emigrant Lake.

No

Caples Lake

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed.

Yes

Caples Resort

(Private)

 

www.capleslakeresort.com.

Call resort for status, information and reservations. 209-258-8888.

 

Caples Lake Dam Boatramp

(EID)

fee

Closed.

No

Woods Lake & Carson Pass Area

 

Woods Lake

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$5/extra vehicle fee
$10/day use

Facilities added to Concession permit.

Woods Day Use & Picnic Area

Closed.

Yes

Woods Creek Day Use

 

Closed.

No

Woods Lake Trailhead

(Concession operated)

$10/day use

Closed.

No

Meiss Trailhead / Sno-Park

(USFS operated)

$5/day use in summer, $15/day use winter as a SnoPark.

Open. 

Parking area is a California Sno-Park from November 1 through May 30.

No

Carson Pass Information Station

 

Closed.

No

Carson Pass Trailhead / Sno-Park

(USFS operated)

$5/day use in summer, $15/day use winter as a SnoPark.

Open. 

Parking area is a California Sno-Park from November 1 through May 30.

No

Bear River Reservoir Area

 

Sugar Pine Point

(Concession operated)

$25/single
$50/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed.

Yes

Bear River Resort

(Private)

 

Check with Resort for status.

bearrivercampground.com
209-295-4868. 

 

South Shore

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$84/triple
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed.

Yes

Pardoes Point

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed.

Automated Fee Machine available at this location: Fees can be paid with credit/debit cards.

Yes

Bear River Group

(Concession operated)

$115/25 person (3)
$145/50 person (1)

Closed.

(Available by reservation only (summer).

Yes

Cole Creek Camping area

 

Closes with snowfall.

This is not a developed camping area.

Yes

Salt Springs Area (Access through Panther Creek roads is closed due to Storm Damage. Forest Order 03-17-09)

 

Salt Springs Trailhead

(PGE Operated)

 

Closes with snowfall.

No

Mokelumne

(Concession operated)

$25/single & double

Closed.

 

White Azalea

(Concession operated)

$25/single

Closed.