Campgrounds Status

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Current Campground Conditions (By District)

Last updated: June 17, 2022

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 Campfire Allowed?

Bear Creek Day Use Area

(USFS operated)

 

Open. 

No

Brush Creek Day Use Area

(USFS operated)

 

Open.

No

Traverse Creek Day Use Area

(USFS operated)

 

Open.

No

Dru Barner Park

(USFS operated)

$8 overnight/ $3 day

Open.

Yes

Donaldson Trailhead

(USFS operated)

 

Open. 

No

East Slab Creek Reservoir Day Use Area

(USFS operated)

 

Open.

No

Long Canyon Camping Area

(USFS operated)

 

Open.

Yes

Rock Creek Trails Area

 

Bald Mountain OHV Staging Area

None

Open.

Yes

Balderston Staging Area

None

Open.

Yes

Mace Mill OHV Staging Area

None

Open.

Yes

Stumpy Meadows Area 

 

Ponderosa Cove Group

(Concession operated)

$175/75 person

(reservation only)

Open.

Yes

Stumpy Meadows

(Concession operated)

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

Open.

Yes

Stumpy Meadows Boatramp and Picnic Area

(Concession operated)

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

Open.

No

Black Oak Group (4 sites)

(Concession operated)

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

Open.

Yes

Hell Hole Area 

 

Middle Meadows Groups 

(2 sites)

(USFS operated)

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

Open.

Yes

Big Meadows

(USFS operated)

$10/single
$20/double

Open.

Yes

Hell Hole

(USFS operated)

$10

Closed indefinitely due to 2021 winter blowdown of trees. Working on a contract.

No 

Hell Hole Boatramp Parking Areas

(USFS operated)

 

Open. Day Use Only.

No

Hell Hole Vista

(USFS operated)

 

Open. Day Use Only.

No

Upper Hell Hole walk/boat in

(USFS operated)

None

Expected opening 6/24/22.

Yes

PACIFIC RANGER DISTRICT - Crystal Basin Area

Facility Name Fee Status Campfire Allowed?

Crystal Basin Ice House Road Area

 

Cleveland Corral Information Station

 

Expected opening TBA.

No

Silver Creek Group

(Concession operated)

$130/40 person

 (reservation only)

Open.

Yes

Ice House Resort

(private)

 

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

 

Big Hill Overlook

(USFS operated)

 

Open.

No

Crystal Basin Information Station

 

Open. Thursday through Tuesday.

No

Robbs Hut

(USFS operated)

$65 (6 person max, reservation only)

Open.

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 until further notice (repairs).

No

Tells Equestrian Trailhead (Bassi Falls) & Camping Area

(USFS operated)

 

Open.

Yes

South Fork Group

(USFS operated)

$100

(reservation only)

Open.

Yes

Ice House Reservoir Area

 

Ice House
Campground

(Concession operated)

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

Closed for Construction in 2022.

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

n/a

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

(Concession operated)

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

Closed for Construction in 2022.

n/a

Northwind

(USFS operated)

$10

Open.

Yes

Strawberry Point

(USFS operated)

$10

Open.

Yes

Upper Silver Creek Day Use

(USFS operated)

 

Open.

No

Union Valley Reservoir Area

 

Jones Fork

(USFS operated)

$10

Open.

Yes

Lone Rock

walk/bike/boat in

(USFS operated)

None

Open.

Yes

Sunset

(Concession operated)

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

Open.

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

Open.

No 

Sunset Group

(Concession operated)

Fee / 30 person site

Open.

Yes

Fashoda Tent 
Campground

(Concession operated)

$28 (reservation only)
$3/shower

Open.

Yes

Fashoda Day Use

(Concession operated)

$10/picnic

Open.

No

Big Silver Group

(Concession operated)

$145/ 50 person
(reservation only)

Open.

Yes

Azalea Cove walk/bike/boat in

(USFS operated)

None

Open. 

Yes

Wench Creek

(Concession operated)

$28

Open.

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)Open.

Open.

 Yes

Yellowjacket

(Concession operated)

$28
$10/dump fee

Open.

Yes

Yellowjacket Boatramp

(Concession operated)

$8/boatramp day use

Open.

Closed for Construction in 2022 after Labor Day.

No

Wolf Creek

(Concession operated)

 

Open.

Closed for Construction in 2022 after Labor Day.

Yes

Wolf Creek Groups (3)

(Concession operated)

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

(reservation only)

Closed for Construction in 2022.

 n/a

Camino Cove

(USFS operated)

 

Closed for Construction in 2022.

n/a

Westpoint

(Concession operated)

$25/single

Open.

Closed for Construction in 2022 after Labor Day.

Yes

Westpoint Boatramp

(Concession operated)

$10/boatramp, day use

Open.

No 

Gerle Creek Area

 

Angel Creek
Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

$10/day use

Open.

No

Airport Flat

(USFS operated)

None

Open.

No

Gerle Creek 
Campground

(Concession operated)

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

Open. 

Yes

Gerle Creek
 Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

$10/picnic area

Open.

No

Loon Lake Area

 

Loon Lake

(Concession operated)

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

Open.

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

Open.

No

Loon Lake Undeveloped Boatramp (north shore)

none

Open.

No

Loon Lake Trailhead

$10/day use

Open.

No

Loon Lake Groups (3)

(Concession operated)

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

Open.

Yes

Loon Lake Chalet

(USFS operated)

$100 (20 person max. reservation only)

The Loon Lake Chalet will be closed until further notice.

Parking area and restroom are accessible.

No

Northshore

(Concession operated)

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

Open.

(Added to reservation service.)

Yes

Red Fir Group

(Concession operated)

$125/25 person. (reservation only)

Open.

Yes

Pleasant walk/bike/boat in

(USFS operated)

None

Expected opening 06/17/22.

Yes

Wentworth Springs

(USFS operated)

None

Open.

Yes

Wrights Lake Area

 

Wrights Lake

(Concession operated)

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

Expected opening 6/24/22.

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

Expected opening 6/24/22.

No

Rockbound & Twin Lakes Trailheads

(Concession operated)

No day use fee for 2021 season..

Expected opening 6/24/22.

(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.

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.

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

Open.

Yes

Sand Flat

(Concession operated)

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

Closed until July 1st due to Caldor Fire repairs.

Yes

Pony Express Corral Trailhead

(USFS operated)

 

Open with caution. The bridges were destroyed/damaged in the Caldor fire.

No

Lovers Leap
Campground

(Concession operated)

$28/camping
$5/extra vehicle fee

Open.

Yes

Lovers Leap
Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

$10/day use

Open.

No

Pyramid Trailhead

(Concession operated)

Facility added to Concession permit

$10/day use parking fee

Open.

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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)

 

Open.

(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)

 

Open with caution due to fire damage.

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

Open.

Yes

China Flat Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

 

Open. 

No

Harvey West Cabin

(USFS operated)

$105 (20 person max.)

Closed.

No

Silver Fork

(Concession operated)

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

Expected opening 6/24/22. Still working on repairs and staffing.  Note: Caldor Fire Area

Yes

Gray Rock Camping Area

 

Closed.

CALDOR FIRE AREA: Developed Recreation Site, Road, and Trail Closures - Forest Order 03-22-09 addresses closures to specific developed recreation sites, roads, and trails due to fire damage.

Yes

Caples Creek Equestrian Trailhead

(USFS operated)

 

Closed.

CALDOR FIRE AREA: Developed Recreation Site, Road, and Trail Closures - Forest Order 03-22-09 addresses closures to specific developed recreation sites, roads, and trails due to fire damage.

No 

Caples Creek Trailhead 

(USFS operated)

 

Open. Day Use.

No

Sly Park Area

 

Sly Park Recreation Area

(EID)

 

530-644-2545.  www.eid.org.  Open.

No

Fleming Meadow Trailhead

None

Open.

No

Sly Guard Cabin

(USFS operated)

 

Closed. 

No

Cedar Park Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Open.

No

North South Road Area

 

Capps Crossing Group

(Concession operated)

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

Closed.

CALDOR FIRE AREA: Developed Recreation Site, Road, and Trail Closures - Forest Order 03-22-09 addresses closures to specific developed recreation sites, roads, and trails due to fire damage.

Yes

Capps Crossing Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

 

Closed.

CALDOR FIRE AREA: Developed Recreation Site, Road, and Trail Closures - Forest Order 03-22-09 addresses closures to specific developed recreation sites, roads, and trails due to fire damage.

No

Elkins OHV Staging Area

None

Closed. Significant trail damage from fire.

CALDOR FIRE AREA: Developed Recreation Site, Road, and Trail Closures - Forest Order 03-22-09 addresses closures to specific developed recreation sites, roads, and trails due to fire damage.

Yes

AMADOR RANGER DISTRICT - Highway 88 Corridor

 
Facility Name Fee Status Campfire Allowed?

North South Road Area

 

Gold Note OHV Staging Area

None

Open.

Yes

Pipi
Campground

(Concession operated)

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

Open.

Yes

Pipi
Day Use Area

(Concession operated)

$10/day use

Open.

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 status.

PG&E website.

Yes

Highway 88 Corridor

 

Lumberyard Picnic Area

(USFS operated)

None

Open.

No

Shot Rock Vista Day Use Area

(USFS operated)

None

Open.

No

Middle Fork Cosumnes and Annex

(Concession operated)

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

Open.

Yes

Iron Mountain Parking Area / Sno-Park

(USFS operated)

 

Open.

No

Martin Meadow Campground

(USFS operated)

None

Closed.

CALDOR FIRE AREA: Developed Recreation Site, Road, and Trail Closures - Forest Order 03-22-09 addresses closures to specific developed recreation sites, roads, and trails due to fire damage.

Yes

Shealor Lake Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Open.

No

Silver Lake Area

 

Silver Lake East

(Concession operated)

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

Expected opening 6/24/22.

Yes

Silver Lake West

(EID)

$30

Check with EID for status.

www.eid.org/recreation/silver-lake 

Please contact 530-295-6810 for updates.

Yes

Allen Camp Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Open.

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

Open.

No

Thunder Mountain Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Open, use caution due to fire damage in area.

No

Mud Lake OHV Trailhead

None

Open.

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

No day use fee for 2021 season.

Expected opening 7/1/22. Many hazard trees.

Yes

Kirkwood Resort

(Private)

 

www.kirkwood.com. (209) 258-6000. 

Check with Resort for status.

 

Margaret Lake Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Open, use caution due to fire damage in area.

No

Caples Lake Area

 

Caples Dam Trailhead

(USFS operated)

None

Open.

Trail goes into Mokelumne Wilderness to Emigrant Lake.

No

Caples Lake

(Concession operated)

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

Expected opening 6/24/22.

Yes

Caples Resort

(Private)

 

www.capleslakeresort.com.

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

No

Caples Lake Dam Boatramp

(EID)

fee

Open.

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

Expected opening 7/1/22.

Yes

Woods Creek Day Use

 

Open.

No

Woods Lake Trailhead

(Concession operated)

$10/day use

Expected opening 7/1/22.

No

Meiss Trailhead / Sno-Park

(USFS operated)

$5/day use parking

Open.

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

No

Carson Pass Information Station

 

Open.

No

Carson Pass Trailhead / Sno-Park

(USFS operated)

$5/day use

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

Open.

Yes

Bear River Resort

(Private)

 

Check with Resort for status.

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

 

South Shore

(Concession operated)

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

Open.

Yes

Pardoes Point

(Concession operated)

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

Open.

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)

Open.

(Available by reservation only (summer).

Yes

Cole Creek Camping area

 

Open.

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)

 

Open.

No

Mokelumne

(Concession operated)

$25/single & double

Open.

ROAD ACCESS: Due to  road damage from past 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 open - PG&E gate. 

Yes

Moore Creek

(Concession operated)

 

This facility belongs to the Stanislaus National Forest. For information or questions please go to 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)

$25/single

Open.

ROAD ACCESS: Due to  road damage from past 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 open - PG&E gate. 

Yes