Utica/Union Reservoirs

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

These scenic small, twin reservoirs are located off the Spicer Reservoir Road. The setting is more rustic than either Spicer Reservoir or Lake Alpine. The area is popular for fishing, camping, and boating.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Reservations: No reservations; first-come, first-served
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees $16.00 per night for camping; no fee for day use
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer, Fall
Closest Towns: Bear Valley to the east, Arnold to the west.
Water: No potable water
Restroom: Vault toilets
Passes: America the Beautiful Senior and Access passes and Golden Age and Golden Access passes accepted, reduces camping fee to half-price per night.
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


From Highway 4, turn onto Spicer Reservoir Road (paved) and go 8 miles. Turn left onto 7N75; from there the roads are gravel. Continue .7 miles to a T-intersection. For Utica Reservoir, turn left and continue one mile. For Union East, turn right and continue one mile. For Union West, turn right and go .3 miles, bear left at the fork onto 7N75C, and continue a half-mile. Spicer Reservoir Road is 27 miles east of the Calaveras Ranger Station in Hathaway Pines, California.

General Notes:

Utica Reservoir is managed for non-motorized boating; it has two dirt ramps designed for hand-launching of non-motorized boats. Campgrounds include Rocky Point, 12 sites, and Sandy Flat, 11 single sites and one triple site. There are two day-use parking areas, one adjacent to Rocky Point Campground and the other across the road from Sandy Flat Campground. There is no fee for day use.

Union Reservoir has a primitive dirt boat launch at Union East Campground. Maximum boat speed is 5 mph. Campgrounds include Union West, 18 sites, and Union East 11 sites. Free day-use parking is available at both campgrounds.



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Picnic tables
Tent camping
Fee charged for some activities
Boat ramp
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