Utica/Union Reservoirs

Area Status: Open
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This page is for the Utica/Union Reservoirs area; visit the Utica Reservoirs Campgrounds, Union East Campground, and Union West Campground Pages to view campground statuses.

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) (Not the campgrounds)
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.



Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

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Campground Camping

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Developed recreation facilities: Utica - Sandy Flat 11 sites, Rocky Point 12 sites, Union West 18 sites, Union East 11 sites. 

Lake and Pond Fishing

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Day Hiking

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Trails lead from Union West and Union East Campgrounds to Elephant Rock Lake and beyond into the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.

Horse Riding

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Boating - Motorized

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Boating - Non-Motorized

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Kayak and canoe in these two beautiful high mountain reservoirs. Easy portage from one to the next.

Status description: Kayaking & Canoeing


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