Union East Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Union Reservoir is set in a granite basin with expansive mountain views. The reservoir has lots of small islands and is kept mostly full. The campground is adjacent to the reservoir, nestled in red fir and lodgepole pine forest.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4) Campground is closed for the season.  Bear boxes are available at this campground.
Operational Hours: Campground is closed for the season. 
Reservations: No reservations; first-come, first-served.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees $16 per night for camping; no fee for day use.
Best Season: Summer, early fall
Busiest Season: Summer, especially weekends
Closest Towns: Bear Valley to the east, Arnold to the west.
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. Turn right and continue one mile. Spicer Reservoir Road is 27 miles east of the Calaveras Ranger Station in Hathaway Pines, California.

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Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

A .4-mile trail leads from Union West Campground to Union East Campground. From Union East, the trail continues 1.5 miles to Elephant Rock Lake. Three trails branch out from there leading into the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.

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Picnic tables
Toilets Vault
Parking Large gravel parking lot for day users; campsites have their own parking spaces.
Boat ramp Dirt boat ramp designed for small watercraft.
Fee charged for some activities Fee for camping; day use free.
Tent camping 11 campsites
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