Recreation Facility Renovation Project

Recreation Area Facility Upgrades Coming Soon…

Please pardon our dust while we make some exciting improvements to recreation sites associated with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Upper American River Project in El Dorado County. Over the next few years, many of the facilities will be upgraded, and several new features added for your future enjoyment. The work will require some sites to be temporarily or completely closed during construction within the timeframes below. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Schedule of improvements and temporary closures:

Completed in 2017 and 2018

  • Loon Lake Boat Launch 
  • New restrooms at Pleasant Campground
  • Upgrade trails between Loon Lake, Buck Island Reservoir and Rubicon Reservoir 
  • Azalea Cove Campground 
  • Wench Creek Campground
  • Angel Creek Day use area
  • Gerle Creek Campground
  • West Point Boat Launch
  • Yellowjacket Boat Launch
  • Sunset Campground

2019 Renovations (Reopen in 2020)

  • Camino Cove Campground 
  • North Union Valley Road 
  • Wolf Creek Campground 
  • Lakeshore Drive (Ice House northshore past Strawberry Campground)
  • Northshore RV Campground
  • Slab Creek Reservoir (Not on map)


Pacific Ranger District, Crystal Basin Recreation Area

  • Construction of the Union Valley Bike Trail Phase 1- this will be an extension of the trail from Wench Creek to Yellowjacket.  Partial closures/controlled traffic are anticipated for Wench Creek CG and Yellowjacket CG & Boat Launch
  • New toilets will be installed at Buck Island Reservoir off of the Rubicon 4x4 Trail.  No closures are anticipated at this time.

Placerville Ranger District

  • Construction of Slab Creek boating run take out
  • Brush Creek Reservoir Boat Launch Development


  • Closures are subject to change.
  • Please check with the U.S. Forest Service for updates.

Map with list of facilities and a map.