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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  • VIRTUAL OFFICES - Forest customers needing information are encouraged to call our virtual offices during regular business hours for prompt, customer service. The contact information is in the left sidebar or view the news release below.
  • BE SAFE - Visitors are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • DEVELOPED RECREATION - Developed Recreation Facilities are closed through April 30. Most of the Eldorado NF's facilities were closed for the winter and under snow. 
  • COVID19 INFORMATION AND LINKS - webpage - 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, national, state and local governments that pertain to this forest.
  • PRESCRIBED FIRES - All new ignitions for prescribed fire have been postponed until further notice. Potential smoke impacts to the public are considered in all prescribed fire and wildfire management. This decision to temporarily postpone ignitions will prevent any effects from smoke that might further worsen conditions for those who are at risk in our communities, while reducing exposure for employees who might not otherwise need to travel, and creating social distancing for resources working on the fire.

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A Wet Weather Seasonal Forest Closure for our native surfaced/dirt roads has been extended through April 30. Check out our Current Conditions web page for the status of roads and facilities. Note: most of the forest is under snow so our facilities are not open.

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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.

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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.

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. 

 




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