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: December 28, 2020

Notes:

Forest Rules, Regulations, and Forest Specific Forest Orders (regulations)
  • General Rules and Regulations
  • Forest Orders
  • 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 Campfire Allowed?

Bear Creek Day Use Area

(USFS operated)

 

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

No

Brushy Creek Day Use Area

(USFS operated)

 

Road beyond the river is closed for repair by SMUD.

No

Traverse Creek Day Use Area

(USFS operated)

 

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

No

Dru Barner Park

(USFS operated)

$8 overnight/ $3 day

Closed. Regional Order 20-08 closing developed campgrounds due to state mandate.

Yes

Donaldson Trailhead

(USFS operated)

 

Open until annual wet weather closure January 1. 

No

East Slab Creek Reservoir Day Use Area

(USFS operated)

 

Closed.

No

Long Canyon Camping Area

(USFS operated)

 

Open unless inaccessible due to snow or the annual wet weather closure January 1. 

Yes

Rock Creek Trails Area

 

Bald Mountain OHV Staging Area

None

Open unless Rock Creek wet weather closure.

Yes

Balderston Staging Area

None

Open unless Rock Creek wet weather closure.

Yes

Mace Mill OHV Staging Area

None

Open unless Rock Creek wet weather closure.

Yes

Stumpy Meadows Area (Restricted Use Area, camping only allowed in developed campgrounds. (Forest Order 03-20-05)

 

Ponderosa Cove Group

(Concession operated)

$170/75 person

(reservation only)

Closed.

Yes

Stumpy Meadows

(Concession operated)

$24/single
$48/double
$6/dump fee
$5/extra vehicle

Closed.

Yes

Stumpy Meadows Boatramp and Picnic Area

(Concession operated)

$24/camping on boatramp-RVs only
$8/boatramp day use
Open unless inaccessible due to snow. Fees waived. No

Black Oak Group (4 sites)

(Concession operated)

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

Yes

Big Meadows

(USFS operated)

$10/single
$20/double

Closed.

Yes

Hell Hole

(USFS operated)

$10

Closed.

Yes

Hell Hole Boatramp Parking Areas

(USFS operated)

  Closed.  No

Hell Hole Vista

(USFS operated)

  Closed. No

Upper Hell Hole walk/boat in

(USFS operated)

None

Closed.

No

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) 391-7536

 

Big Hill Observation Point

(USFS operated)

 

Closed.

No

Crystal Basin Information Station

 

Closed.

No

Robbs Hut

(USFS operated)

$65 (6 person max, reservation only)

Closed through June 1, 2021. If public health conditions improve before then we will re-evaluate and could make the decision to open them up for winter use.

Access by permit. (year-round).The lower gate on the Robbs Hut Rd #13N31, is open until snow falls. 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 through July 1, 2021. If public health conditions improve before then we will re-evaluate and could make the decision to open them up for winter use.

No

Tells Equestrian Trailhead & Camping Area

(USFS operated)

 

Closed. 

Yes

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.

Yes

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

(Concession operated)

$28/camping on boatramp
$8/boatramp/picnic day use
Open unless inaccessible due to snow. 

No

Northwind

(USFS operated)

$10

Closed.

Yes

Strawberry Point

(USFS operated)

$10

Closed. 

Yes

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
$5/extra vehicle
​$10/dump fee

Closed.

Yes

Sunset Boatramp

(Concession operated)

$28/camping on boatramp (overflow only)
$8/boatramp/day use
Closed.

No 

Fashoda Tent 
Campground

(Concession operated)

$28 (reservation only)
​$3/shower

Closed.

Yes

Fashoda Day Use

(Concession operated)

$8/picnic

Closed.

No

Big Silver Group

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit.

$50/ 50 person
(reservation only)

Closed.

Yes

Azalea Cove walk/bike/boat in

(USFS operated)

None

Closed.

Yes

Wench Creek

(Concession operated)

$28

Closed.

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)

 

Closed.

Yes

Wolf Creek Groups (3)

(Concession operated)

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

(reservation only)

Closed.

Yes

Camino Cove

(USFS operated)

 

Closed.

Yes

Westpoint

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

In 2019 - no fee
In 2020 -
$25/single

Closed.

Yes

Westpoint Boatramp

(Concession operated)

$8/boatramp,day use Open unless inaccessible due to snow. Fees waived. No 

Gerle Creek Area

 

Angel Creek
Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

$8/day use

Closed.

No

Airport Flat

(USFS operated)

None

Closed.

Yes

Gerle Creek 
Campground

(Concession operated)

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

Closed.

Yes

Gerle Creek 
 Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

$8/picnic area

Closed.

No

Loon Lake Area

 

Loon Lake

(Concession operated)

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

Closed.

Yes

Loon Lake Boatramp and Picnic Area

(Concession operated)

$28/camping on boatramp
$8/day use boatramp, picnic area
Closed. No
Loon Lake Undeveloped Boatramp (north shore) none Closed. No

Loon Lake Trailhead

 

Closed.

No

Loon Lake Groups (3)

(Concession operated)

$160/50 person (Group#1)
$130/35 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 December 31, 2021.

This is due to major renovations. If renovations are completed sooner the opening date will be re-evaluated.

Parking area accessible.

No

Northshore

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

$10

Closed.

Yes

Red Fir Group

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

$40 /25 person. (reservation only)

Closed.

Yes

Pleasant walk/bike/boat in

(USFS operated)

None

Closed.

Yes

Wentworth Springs

(USFS operated)

None

Closed.

Yes

Wrights Lake Area

 

Wrights Lake

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

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

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

Closed.

Yes

Wrights Lake
Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

$8/day use,  picnic area, boatramp area Closed. No

Rockbound & Twin Lakes Trailheads

(Concession operated)

$8/day use parking

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)

  Open unless inaccessible due to snow. No

 

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

East Slab Creek Day Use

(USFS operated)

 

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

No

West Slab Creek Day Use

(USFS operated)

  Closed due to hydro facility construction. No

Bridal Veil Picnic Area and Group camp

(Concession operated)

$8/day use (per vehicle)

$80/30 person group, 7 vehicles

Closed.

Yes

Sand Flat

(Concession operated)

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

Closed.

Yes

Pony Express Corral Trailhead

(USFS operated)

 

Open.

No

Lovers Leap
Campground

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

$16/camping
$5/extra vehicle fee

Closed. 

Yes

Lovers Leap
Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

$8/day use Closed.  No

Pyramid Trailhead

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

$8/day use parking 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

Mt. Ralston Trailhead

(USFS operated)

 

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

(Desolation Wilderness overnight permit required year-round)

No

Adventure Mountain Snowplay Area

(Special Use Permit)

 

See website for activities.

http://adventuremountaintahoe.com/ 

 

Sierra at Tahoe

(Special Use Permit)

 

See website for activities.

https://www.sierraattahoe.com/

 

Sayles Canyon / Bryan Meadow Trailhead

(USFS operated)

 

Closed due to snow. 

No

Echo Lake Chalet

(Private)

 

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 as a Sno-Park.

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

No

Silver Fork Road Area

 

China Flat 
Campground 

(Concession operated)

$23/single
$46/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 through June 1, 2021.

Available by reservation only (summer)

No

Silver Fork

(Concession operated)

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

Closed.

Yes

Gray Rock Camping Area

 

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

Yes

Caples Creek Equestrian Trailhead

(USFS operated)

 

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

No 

Caples Creek Trailhead 

(USFS operated)

  Open unless inaccessible due to snow. No

Sly Park Area

 

Sly Park Recreation Area

(EID)

 

530-644-2545.  www.eid.org.  Open.

Yes

Fleming Meadow Trailhead

None

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

No

Sly Guard Cabin

(USFS operated)

 

Closed through June 1, 2021.

Available by reservation only (summer)

No

Cedar Park Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None Open unless inaccessible due to snow.  No

North South Road Area

 

Capps Crossing Group

(Concession operated)

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

Closed. 

Yes

Capps Crossing Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

 

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

No

Elkins OHV Staging Area

None

Open until annual wet weather closure January 1. 

Yes

AMADOR RANGER DISTRICT - Highway 88 Corridor

 
Facility Name Fee Status Campfire Allowed?

North South Road Area

 

Gold Note OHV Staging Area

None

Open until annual wet weather closure January 1. 

Yes

Pipi
Campground

(Concession operated)

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

Closed. 

Yes

Pipi
Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

$8/day use Closed.  No

Blue Lakes Area

 

Blue Lake Lower, Upper, and Dam. Middle Creek

(PG&E)

$23

PG&E website.

Yes

Highway 88 Corridor

 

Lumberyard Picnic Area

(USFS operated)

None

Open unless inaccessible due to snow. 

No

Shot Rock Vista Day Use Area

(USFS operated)

None

Open unless inaccessible due to snow. 

No

Middle Fork Cosumnes and Annex

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

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

Closed.

Yes

Iron Mountain Parking Area / Sno-Park

(USFS operated)

 

Open as a Sno-Park.

No

Martin Meadow Campground

(USFS operated)

None Closed. Yes

Shealor Lake Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

No

Silver Lake Area

 

Silver Lake East

(Concession operated)

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

Closed / Under Construction in 2020.

Yes

Silver Lake West

(EID)

$30

www.eid.org

Please contact 530-295-6810 for updates.

Yes

Allen Camp Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Closed.

No

Sandy Cove Picnic

(EID)

$10 (boat launch)

$5 (day use)

www.eid.org

No

Plasse's Resort

(Private)

 

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

 

EID Boat Launch

$10 (boat launch)

$5 (day use)

www.eid.org. Closed.

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

No

Horse Canyon Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

No

Thunder Mountain Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

No

Mud Lake OHV Trailhead

None

Closed.

No

Kit Carson Lodge

(Private)

 

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

Yes

Kirkwood Area

 

Kirkwood Lake

(Concession operated)

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

Closed.

Yes

Kirkwood Resort

(Private)

 

www.kirkwood.com. (209) 258-6000. 

No

Margaret Lake Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Open unless inaccessible due to snow. 

No

Caples Lake Area

 

Caples Dam Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

 

Closed.

 

Trail goes into Mokelumne Wilderness to Emigrant Lake.

No

Caples Lake

(Concession operated)

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

Closed / Under Construction in 2020.

Yes

Caples Boat Ramp

(EID)

 

www.eid.org. Closed.

No

Caples Resort

(Private)

 

www.capleslakeresort.com.

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

 

Woods Lake & Carson Pass Area

 

Woods Lake

(Concession operated)

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

Facilities added to Concession permit.

Woods Day Use & Picnic Area

$8/day use

Closed. 

Yes

Woods Creek Day Use

 

Closed.  

No

Woods Lake Trailhead

(Concession operated)

$8/day use

Closed.

No

Meiss Trailhead / Sno-Park

(USFS operated)

$5/day use parking

Open as a Sno-Park for winter.

California Sno-Park from November 1 through May 30.

No
Carson Pass Information Station   The information station is Closed. No

Carson Pass Trailhead / Sno-Park

(USFS operated)

$5/day use

Open as a Sno-Park for winter.

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

No

Bear River Reservoir Area

 

Sugar Pine Point

(Concession operated)

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

Closed.

Yes

Bear River Resort

(Private)

 

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

 

South Shore

(Concession operated)

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

Closed.

Yes

Pardoes Point

(Concession operated)

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

Closed.

Yes

Bear River Group

(Concession operated)

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

Closed.

Available by reservation only (summer).

Yes

Cole Creek Camping area

 

Closed.

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)

 

Closed.

No

Mokelumne

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

In 2019 - None
In 2020 - $20/single

Closed.

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

  • Ellis road is open.
  • Panther Creek road is closed due to damage. No funding for repairs at this time.
  • Tiger Creek road is closed. PG&E controls the gate. 
Yes

Moore Creek

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

In 2019 - None
In 2020 - ​$20/single

Closed. This facility belongs to the Stanislaus National Forest. For information or questions please go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/stanislaus/home.

Calaveras District: 5519 Highway 4, PO Box 500, Hathaway Pines, CA 95233, (209) 795-1381 

Yes

White Azalea

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

In 2019 - None
In 2020 - $20/single

Closed.

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

  • Ellis road is open.
  • Panther Creek road is closed due to damage. No funding for repairs at this time.
  • Tiger Creek road is closed. PG&E controls the gate. 
Yes




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