Campgrounds Status

Current Campground Conditions (By District)

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.

Last updated: May 15, 2019

Notes:

Specialty Day Use Passes: The previous concessionaire offered 2 day use season passes for concessionaire operated facilities. The new concessionaire, Royal Elk Park Management, will be reviewing those passes at some point and developing his own pass if needed.

  • Season Day Use Pass for use at concession operated facilities on all 3 districts
  • Georgetown District only facilities

Forest Rules, Regulations, and Forest Specific Forest Orders (regulations)

GEORGETOWN RANGER DISTRICT - Wentworth Springs Road Area
Facility Name Fee Status

Dru Barner Park

(USFS operated)

$8 overnight/ $3 day

Open year-round. 

Donaldson Trailhead

(USFS operated)

 

Open. 

Stumpy Meadows Area (Restricted Use Area, camping only allowed in developed campgrounds. Forest Order 03-17-06)

Ponderosa Cove Group

(Concession operated)

$170/75 person

(reservation only)

Open.

Stumpy Meadows

(Concession operated)

$24/single
$48/double
$24/camping on boatramp-RVs only
$8/boatramp day use
$6/dump fee
$5/extra vehicle

Open.

Black Oak Group (4 sites)

(Concession operated)

$110/50 person (2)
$70/25 person (1)
$138/75 person (1)(reservation only)

Open.

Hell Hole Area 

Middle Meadows Group (2 sites)

(USFS operated)

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

Closed.

Bring your own water, Nearest potable water is Big Meadows Campground.

Big Meadows

(USFS operated)

$10/single
$20/double

Closed.

Hell Hole

(USFS operated)

$10

Closed.

Upper Hell Hole walk/boat in

(USFS operated)

None

Closed.

PACIFIC RANGER DISTRICT - Crystal Basin Area

Facility Name Fee Status

Crystal Basin Ice House Road Area

Cleveland Corral Information Station

 

Closed. This facility is NOT open to the public at this time. No picnicking, walking dogs, toilets, or garbage service.

Silver Creek Group

(Concession operated)

$130/40 person

 (reservation only)

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Ice House Resort (private)

 

9000 Ice House Rd Pollock Pines, CA 95726, (530) 391-7536

Big Hill Observation Point

(USFS operated)

 

Big Hill L.O. Rd (11N58) is plowed and dry. The picnic tables are now available for use and the area provides astounding views of the Crystal Basin. Icehouse Road to Loon Lake is plowed and dry. Watch for potholes and rolling rocks and debris in the paved roadways. Garbage needs to be packed out. Vault toilet open for use.

Crystal Basin Information Station

 

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Robbs Hut

(USFS operated)

$65 (6 person max, reservation only)

Open. Access by permit. (year-round). Lower gate closed. Please don't block the gate when parking. Access is by ski or snowshoe for the winter.

Van Vleck Bunkhouse

(USFS operated)

$75 (6 person max. (reservation only)

Open. Ski or snowshoe access only in winter.

Tells Equestrian Camping Area

(USFS operated)

 

Closed.

South Fork Group

(USFS operated)

$100

(reservation only)

Closed.

Ice House Reservoir Area

Ice House

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$28/camping on boatramp
$8/boatramp/picnic day use
$5/extra vehicle
$10/dump fee

Open

View the Recreation Site Renovation Project schedule.

Northwind

(USFS operated)

$10

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Strawberry Point

(USFS operated)

$10

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Union Valley Reservoir Area

Jones Fork

(USFS operated)

$10

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Lone Rock walk/bike/boat in

(USFS operated)

None

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Sunset

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$28/camping on boatramp (overflow only)
$8/boatramp/day use
$5/extra vehicle
​$10/dump fee

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Fashoda Tent

(Concession operated)

$28 (reservation only)
$8/picnic
​$3/shower

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Big Silver Group

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit.

$50/ 50 person
(reservation only)

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Azalea Cove walk/bike/boat in

(USFS operated)

None

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Wench Creek

(Concession operated)

$28

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Wench Creek Group

(Concession operated)

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

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Yellowjacket

(Concession operated)

$28
$8/boatramp day use
$10/dump fee

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Boatramp closed.

View the Recreation Site Renovation Project schedule.

Wolf Creek

(Concession operated)

 

CLOSED for the 2019 SEASON due to road construction activities on the North Union Valley road and facility renovation.

View the Recreation Site Renovation Project schedule.

Wolf Creek Groups (3)

(Concession operated)

$110/25 people (tent)
$160/50 people
$140/25 people

(reservation only)

Closed.

Camino Cove

(USFS operated)

 

CLOSED for the 2019 SEASON due to road construction activities on the North Union Valley road and facility renovation.

View the Recreation Site Renovation Project schedule.

Westpoint

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

In 2019 - no fee
In 2020 -
$25/single
$8/boatramp,day use

Boatramp - Westpoint Boat Ramp at Union Valley Reservoir is the place to go for fishing in the Crystal Basin. Melting snow is helping to raise the water level. Boating access is at the 1st boat ramp. 

Campground - Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

View the Recreation Site Renovation Project schedule.

Gerle Creek Area

Angel Creek Picnic Area

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

$8/day use

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Airport Flat

(USFS operated)

None

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Gerle Creek

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$8/picnic area
$5/extra vehicle

Closed.

Loon Lake Area

Loon Lake

(Concession operated)

$28/single
$56/double
$28/camping on boatramp
$8/day use boatramp, picnic area
$5/extra vehicle
$10/dump fee

Expected opening is June 14th depending on weather. Ice House road to Loon Lake is open. Loon Lake is still frozen over. Snow depth at the Loon Chalet is 5’.

View the Recreation Site Renovation Project schedule.

Loon Lake Groups (3)

(Concession operated)

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

Expected opening is June 14th depending on weather.

Loon Lake Chalet

(USFS operated)

$100 (20 person max. reservation only)

Overnight rentals are year-round. No garbage service after October 15. Please take it home and dispose it.

Northshore

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

$10

CLOSED for the 2019 SEASON due to facility renovations. The facility will be expanded so the dispersed camping area next to the campground will also be closed.

View the Recreation Site Renovation Project schedule.

Red Fir Group

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

$40 /25 person. (reservation only)

Expected opening is June 14th depending on weather.

Pleasant walk/bike/boat in

(USFS operated)

None

Expected opening is June 14th depending on weather.

View the Recreation Site Renovation Project schedule.

Wentworth Springs

(USFS operated)

None

Expected opening is June 14th depending on weather.

Wrights Lake Area

Wrights Lake

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

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

In 2019 - no day use fees.
In 2020:

  • $8/day use,  picnic area, boatramp area, trailheads

Expected opening is July 3rd depending on weather.

Rockbound & Twin Lakes Trailhead

In 2019 - no day use fees.
In 2020:

  • $8/day use parking

Expected opening is July 3rd depending on weather.

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. 

 

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

Slab Creek Day Use

(USFS operated)

 

CLOSED for the 2019 SEASON due to facility renovations.

Accessible from the North Canyon Road in Camino when no snow.  Access restricted from North of the river - due to storm damage.

Bridal Veil Picnic Area and Group camp

(Concession operated)

$8/day use (per vehicle)

$80/30 person group, 7 vehicles

Closed.

Sand Flat

(Concession operated)

$23/single
$46/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Open.

Lovers Leap

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

$16/camping
$8/day use
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed. 

Pyramid Trailhead

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

$8/day use parking fee

Open. No water yet.

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. 

Adventure Mountain Snowplay Area

(Special Use Permit)

 

http://adventuremountaintahoe.com/ 

Echo Lake Chalet (Private)

 

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

Silver Fork Road Area

China Flat

(Concession operated)

$23/single
$46/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Open.

Harvey West Cabin

(USFS operated)

$105 (20 person max.)

Available by reservation only (summer)

Silver Fork

(Concession operated)

$23/single
$46/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed.

Gray Rock Camping Area

 

Closed.

Sly Park Road Area

Sly Park Recreation Area

(EID)

 

530-644-2545. Open most of the year. www.eid.org

Sly Guard Cabin

(USFS operated)

 

Available by reservation only (summer)

North South Road Area

Capps Crossing Group

(Concession operated)

$105 group
$23 single
$46 double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed.

Available by reservation in summer. If not rented as a group available as individual sites.

AMADOR RANGER DISTRICT - Highway 88 Corridor

 
Facility Name Fee Status

North South Road Area

Pipi

(Concession operated)

$24/single
$48/double
$72/triple
$8/day use
$5/extra vehicle fee

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Blue Lakes Area

Blue Lake Lower, Upper, and Dam. Middle Creek

(PG&E)

$23

PG&E website.

Closed due to snow. Recreation around Lower Blue Lake will be open this season.

2019 - Due to planned work at Upper Blue Lake Dam and surrounding campgrounds all recreation located around Upper Blue Lake* will be closed to the public for the entire 2019 season. The closures include the following campgrounds: Middle Creek, Middle Creek Expansion, Upper Blue Lake Dam Site, Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Expansion, Upper Blue Lake. The closure includes access to the Grouse Lake/Granite Lake Trailhead and all boat ramp access to Upper Blue Lake.

 

Highway 88 Corridor

Lumberyard Picnic Area

(USFS operated)

None

Closed.

Middle Fork Cosumnes and Annex

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

$16/single
$32/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.
Campfire permits are required.

Shealor Lake

(USFS operated)

None

Closed.

Silver Lake East

(Concession operated)

$24/single
$48/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Expected opening is June 27th depending on weather.

Silver Lake West

(EID)

$30

Closed.

www.eid.org.

Sandy Cove Picnic

(EID)

$10 (boat launch)

$5 (day use)

Closed.

www.eid.org.

Plasse's Resort (Private)

 

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

EID Boat Launch

$10 (boat launch)

$5 (day use)

Closed.

www.eid.org.

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

Horse Canyon Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Closed.

Kit Carson Lodge (Private)

 

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

Kirkwood Lake

(Concession operated)

$24/single
$48/double
$8/day use
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed.

Kirkwood Resort (Private)

 

www.kirkwood.com. (209) 258-6000.

Lake Margaret Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Closed. Snow.

Caples Dam Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Closed. Snow. Trail goes into Mokelumne Wilderness to Emigrant Lake.

Caples Lake

(Concession operated)

$24/single
$48/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed. Snow.

Will be closed during the 2019 season for rehab construction.

Caples Boat Ramp

(EID)

 

Closed.

Caples Resort (Private)

 

www.capleslakeresort.com. 209-258-8888. Call resort for information and reservations. 

Woods Lake

(Concession operated)

$24/single
$48/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Facilities added to Concession permit.

Woods Day Use Picnic Area and Wilderness Trailhead

$8/day use

Closed.

Meiss Trailhead

(USFS operated)

$5/day use parking

Snow park in the winter.

Carson Pass Information Station / Trailhead

(USFS operated)

$5/day use parking

Expected opening is Memorial Weekend.

Parking area is a Snow park in the winter.

Bear River Reservoir Area

Sugar Pine Point

(Concession operated)

$24/single
$48/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Expected opening is June 14th depending on weather.

Bear River Resort (Private)

 

www.bearrivercampground.com. 209-295-4868.

South Shore

(Concession operated)

$24/single
$48/double
$72/triple
$5/extra vehicle fee

Expected opening is June 14th depending on weather.

Pardoes Point

(Concession operated)

$24/single
$48/double
$5/extra vehicle fee

Expected opening is June 14th depending on weather.

Bear River Group

(Concession operated)

$75/25 person (3)
$150/50 person (1)

Available by reservation only (summer).

Expected opening is June 14th depending on weather.

Cole Creek Camping area

 

Expected opening is June 14th depending on weather. This is not a developed camping area.

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

Mokelumne

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

In 2019 - None
In 2020 -
$20/single

STORM DAMAGE: Due to  road damage from the last 2 winters, access into the area is limited.

  • Ellis road is Closed due to snow.
  • Panther Creek road is closed due to damage. No funding for repairs at this time.
  • Tiger Creek road is closed due to 2019 STORM DAMAGE. This is being handled by PGE. 

Moore Creek

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

In 2019 - None
In 2020 -
​$20/single

STORM DAMAGE: Due to  road damage from the last 2 winters, access into the area is limited.

  • Ellis road is Closed due to snow.
  • Panther Creek road is closed due to damage. No funding for repairs at this time.
  • Tiger Creek road is closed due to 2019 STORM DAMAGE. This is being handled by PGE. 

White Azalea

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

In 2019 - None
In 2020 -
��$20/single

STORM DAMAGE: Due to  road damage from the last 2 winters, access into the area is limited.

  • Ellis road is Closed due to snow.
  • Panther Creek road is closed due to damage. No funding for repairs at this time.
  • Tiger Creek road is closed due to 2019 STORM DAMAGE. This is being handled by PGE. 




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