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Memorial Day Weekend Recreation Information

May 22, 2020 - Full News Release 

As of today, 35 developed recreation day use sites have re-opened. The Eldorado National Forest will continue to phase in opening of facilities and services as federal, state and county policies and facility preparations allow. 

Poster with social distancing guidelines.We continue to recommend that you recreate locally. All visitors should practice self-sufficiency during your visits to national forests. Recreating responsibly will help ensure that expanded access to recreational facilities, services, and opportunities continues. Responsible recreation practices should be maintained at all times.

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Please see below for the current updates: 


  • Developed campgrounds throughout the forest will remain closed until they can be safely opened for the season. The exact date for when campgrounds will open is not known at this time. Forest personnel are assessing the situation, keeping in close contact with partners and staying abreast of changing conditions and new information. 
  • Reservations: The situation is being closely monitored and weekly assessments of anticipated campground opening dates are being conducted to determine if reservation cancellations will be necessary. If the campground is not able to be opened, customers will be notified via and will receive a refund.
  • We understand that this may cause uncertainty with individuals who have made reservations, particularly in the month of June. We thank you for your patience to this point and ask for your continued patience during this transition period.
  • Please be aware that many of our campgrounds do not typically open until late May or June, even without the challenges associated with COVID-19, due to winter snow and the associated preparation of the sites for the season.  


Poster for human waste guidelinesDay Use Sites and services continue to expand. Trash removal services remain limited; please pack out all trash and waste. Toilet facilities remain limited, please plan accordingly. 

Newly opened Day Uses Sites with increased services:

  • Stumpy Meadows Boat Ramp/Picnic Site
  • Icehouse Boat Ramp & Picnic Area
  • Icehouse Day Use (near dam)
  • Yellowjacket Boat Ramp
  • Gold Note Staging Area
  • PiPi Day Use Area
  • Loon Lake Undeveloped Boat Ramp
  • Sunset Boat Ramp & Picnic Area
  • Pyramid Creek Trailhead
  • Salt Springs Trailhead
  • Devils Nose Day Use Area
  • Loon Lake Boat Ramp

Know Before You Go

  • OFFICES - Our virtual offices are staffed to provide visitor information from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The phone #s 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.
    • Forest Order 03-20-09 Emergency closure of the Rock Creek OHV Trails area, Elkins Flat OHV trails area, and the Caples Trails area (fire area) through May 29.  These temporary closures were put in place on May 8 to protect visitors and employees from hazardous trail conditions caused by storm damage and fire damage that has occurred since last year’s field season. Trail assessment and maintenance, including hazard mitigation, is planned and trails will be reopened as soon as the work is completed to clear all hazards. 

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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.


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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