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Recreation Information - Emergency closures & what's open

  • The Fire restrictions and dispersed camping closure has been lifted.

Forest Access – Forest System lands, roads and trails are open if accessible depending on the weather, except for those included within the Fork Fire closure area.

Day Use – Day Use facilities, such as picnic areas and trailheads, are open if accessible except for those facilities that are co-located with a campground that is closed for the season or located within the Fork Fire closure area. 

Hunting - Allowed with applicable license and tags in accordance with California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Recreational Target Shooting - Allowed on the Eldorado National Forests. Please shoot responsibily; review the Firearms Use guide and be aware of property boundaries.

Campfire Permits - Campfire permits are required for the use of open fires, such as wood (campfire), barbecues (charcoal) and portable stoves (gas) on federally managed lands. A campfire permit does not give a person permission to access or camp on National Forest or private lands.

Fork Fire Information

The fire is located off Wentworth Springs Road. north of Gerle Creek Reservoir.

Know Before You Go

  • OFFICES - Our virtual offices are staffed to provide visitor information. The phone #s and hours are on the left side of this page.
  • CHECK CURRENT CONDITIONS/STATUS - Check out our Current Conditions web page for the status of campgrounds, roads, facilities, weather, fire, forest closure orders and other regulations.

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COVID19 Information and Links

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Continuing our service to you while doing our part to address the COVID-19 Pandemic is very important. This page contains the links to related documents and websites for the Eldorado NF, federal, state and local governments that pertain to this forest.


Christmas Tree Permit Program

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Pick the perfect date and plan a trip to Eldorado National Forest to find and cut your Christmas tree this holiday season with a Christmas Tree Permit through Recreation.gov.

El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee

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New members have been appointed to the El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). We look forward to working with the RAC and the community on a new set of conservation projects soon.


Facility Construction Activities 2020

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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. 

Caples Ecological Restoration Project

The Forest Service is conducting prescribed burning, aspen enhancement, and meadow restoration activities within the Caples Creek Watershed on the Placerville and Amador Ranger Districts.

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