New Permit Expands Concession Operated Recreation Sites on the Eldorado National Forest

Contact(s): Jennifer Chapman, 530 957-9660


The Eldorado National Forest has issued a new concessions permit to Royal Elk Park Management (REPM) to operate campgrounds and other recreation sites on the forest for the next 10 years with a potential for renewal for an additional 5 years.  The new permit adds over 20 more sites to the concession operations on the forest. 

"This will be a new chapter in delivering visitor services on the Eldorado National Forest, " said Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. "The decision to add more sites to the concession permit is partially a response to a declining workforce.  I have to find a balance between what is essential for Forest Service employees to do and what can be done by partners like Royal Elk Management. The private sector can often respond very quickly to emerging trends and user expectations."

Royal Elk Park Management will continue services previously provided by American Land & Leisure and Sierra Recreation Management, as well as sites previously operated by the U.S. Forest Service.

"We are excited about the many possibilities for expanding visitor services," said REPM President Adam Damm. "Examples of what we will be exploring include:

  • Eco-services such as recycled garbage bags, toilet paper, etc; the installation of solar vent fans/tubes for vault toilets; and a recycling program for visitor waste.

  • Enhanced signage including reflective signage to aid visitors at night.

  • A Smartphone app which can access the ENF's homepage and rec.gov

  • Optional interpretive programs including a Bear Aware program, a Fire prevention program and other opportunities such as guided hikes.

  • Bike rentals, kayak/SUP rentals, guide services, firewood, stores, food trucks, and Wi-Fi."

Sites that are transitioning from forest service to concession operations may have user fees added in the future, but all sites without fees currently will remain free of charge during the 2019 season. The following sites will be concessionaire operated for the first time this year:

  • Amador Ranger District - Woods Lake Trailhead, Woods Lake Picnic Area, Middle Fork Cosumnes CG, Mokelumne CG, Moore Creek CG, White Azalea CG, Martin Meadows CG (Future offering);

  • Pacific Ranger District - Angel Creek Day Use, Upper Silver Creek Icehouse Day Use Area, Red Fir Group CG, Northshore CG, Big Silver Group CG, West Point CG, West Point Boat Ramp, Silver Creek Group CG, Wrights Lake Recreation Area (Wrights Lake & Equestrian CG, Wrights Lake Boat Ramp and Picnic Area, Twin Lakes and Rockbound Trailheads), Camino Cove CG (Future offering);

  • Placerville Ranger District - Pyramid Creek Trailhead, Lovers Leap CG and Day Use

Martin Meadows Campground on the Amador District and Camino Cove Campground on the Pacific District are in the process of being developed and will be concessionaire operated in the future. 

A portion of the profit generated through user fees by Royal Elk Park Management (REPM) will be reinvested into ongoing maintenance and improvement of the recreation facilities. Under the permit, REPM and the Eldorado National Forest work together on an annual list of maintenance needs and improvements for these recreation facilities.

Royal Elk Park Management is based in Hollister, California. They also provide visitor services in the Plumas National Forest, Lake Berryessa and Pinnacles National Park. For additional information, please visit their website at http://royalelkparkmanagement.com/.For more information on recreation in the Eldorado National Forest, visitor the forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado. Reservations are needed for most developed campgrounds and can be made on www.recreation.gov .

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