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. Developed recreation facilities: Utica - Sandy Flat, 11 sites and Rocky Point, 12 sites; Union - Union West 18 sites and Union East 11 sites.  The area is popular for day use, as well as paddle sports such as canoeing and kayaking. A primitive dirt boat launch is available at Union East Reservoir. Maximum boat speed is 5 mph. Utica Reservoir is managed for non-motorized boating; it has two dirt ramps designed for hand-launching of non-motorized boats.

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: None
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.

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.

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