Photo looking north from Big Hill lookout at Union Valley Reservoir. View from Westpoint Boatramp across the water at a Sunset with mist on the lake. Photo of Caples Lake from a trail. Photo looking up at the ridge with a waterfall cutting through the trees. Photo from a boat of a boatramp with forest in background. Photo of river cutting through a small canyon in the forest. Photo of facility sign with the building in the background. Photo of granite flat with sporadic trees and rocks. Photo of the lake looking through aspen tree leaves that have turned gold.


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Caples Fire

The Caples prescribed burn was declared a wildland fire on October 10 at approximately 1:30 pm. Fire managers made the decision due to unfavorable weather conditions and the inability to meet previously established objectives. This change allows for additional resources to assist in suppression from partners such as CalFire. Updated information is mantained on Inciweb and Twitter.


Caples Restoration Project

The Forest Service is conducting prescribed understory burning, aspen enhancement, and meadow restoration activities within the Caples Creek Watershed.

Facility Construction Activities

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Anyone planning a trip to the forest this summer is urged to check the status of recreation facilities and know what areas will be closed before entering the forest. 


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The natural forest infrastructure provides multiple Nature's Benefits to people, plants, animals, and habitat. Find out how the Eldorado positively impacts your daily life!

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