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About Eldorado National Forest
Campgrounds in Eldorado
Soak up the rays at Ice House Campground, with plenty of jet skiing, fishing, and swimming to be done at this 700 acre reservoir. Surrounded by...
"Nestled in amongst a heavy timber belt, Wrights Lake Campground offers great shoreline spots that are set against the background of the epic...
If you’re looking for more than what Hell Hole Campground has in store, venture up further north to Upper Hell Hole Campground. No worries though,...
With rustic campsites, hiking trails, and trees a’plenty, Stawberry Point Campground is one heck of a spot in Eldorado National Forest. Get blissed...
Animal-lovers, come on down to Yellowjacket Campground, only don’t be fooled by its name; this campground is host to loveable creatures. Camping...
Mosy on over to the popular Fashoda Campground for some seriously beautiful camping in Eldorado National Forest. Camp right on the banks of the...
Located in the depths of Eldorado National Forest, Dru Barner Campground is home to some serious wildlife and wilderness. Horse lovers will be...
27. Robbs Hut
Remote and with views that’ll make your eyes widen, Robbs Hut has some real backwoods charm. The hut provides most of the comforts of home with a...
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Quiet, peaceful, likely all yours and great swimming. You have to work to get here but it's worth it. Be prepared. The hike in is rough even without a pack. If you tend to drink lots of water, bring a bladder so you don't run out. Hike will test your mettle.
We came here on the suggestion of rangers when we failed to find an open space at the neighbouring lakes before the 4th of July rush, and they were spot on about it being worth the drive. Quite a few spots were open and we snagged #4 & 14, both of which were close to bathrooms and 14 having a water spigot next to it. We had a slight view of the lake from #4 and views of the boulders from #14; #4 is a pretty decent sized space which can easily accommodate at least 4 or 5 tents. All the sites came with a table, bear box, fire ring, and freestanding grill; OK amount of space between sites. Skeeters & flies ate us alive but relief was found in the lake. Water was clear, shallow (3 ft?), and a great temp. Can't wait to head back!
Not a bad idea to call ahead to the ranger station to find out where water levels are: the recent drought, and what time of year you go will affect water levels and possibly where you camp. August water levels tend to be much lower than June.
Not sure where you got your information but Dru Barner is NOT on the shores of Lake Walton. Nowhere near. I horse camp there a few times a year. Great trail riding and many sites with horse pens. Can be black widow spiders at the wood picnic table sites so beware. Closed right now as they're clearing dead trees from the beetles. Hopefully are opening soon. Waiting! !
You can find campground recommendations specific to the activities you’re interested in, such as swimming and boating, under the activities section. We recommend Ponderosa Cove campground, a spacious spot by Stumpy Meadows reservoir. This is a great place to swim and go paddling!
Whitewater rafting on the American River is a must! Probably the most popular rafting spot in California.
Small campsites and a small campground. (10 sites)
That being said, it is also quiet and beautiful.
Several sites are right on the reservoir (1-5) and the fishing is good (rainbow trout).
$10 a night is hard to beat.
Hurry though, it closes for the season soon
I have camped here as a kid with my parents. Know the place pretty well. Beautiful campground, great trout fishing, and best of all, it's peaceful. Occasionally you might get some other campers near you, but they will not be a bother. Besides, it's not too often at all. Beautiful place to hike wherever you feel like. If you ever get the opportunity, I recommend this place. I know I will be going again.
The fee is $25 and we found an empty spot at site #1. This was a large site, and it is considered "difficult access" because it is a walk-in site. This means you park near the site, but you have a longer walk to where the picnic table and fire ring are located. It is near the bathroom which has a flush toilet. There are many other good sites around, but I would try to get site 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, or 20.
Bring your bikes or take a walk around for exercise. You will find a short 0.8 mi, paved trail that leads from Yellowjacket to Wolf Creek CG to the West. It is a nice walk with views of the lake and a good time to take a break from being inside the campground. The boat ramp parking is a little far from the boat ramp, so expect to walk.
History of Eldorado National Forest
The Eldorado National Forest was established from part of Tahoe National Forest and surrounding lands on July 28, 1910. It is made up of about 780,000 acres. Water is used for hydroelectric power as well as municipal, industrial, and agricultural purposes. This was a huge center for gold mining activity during the gold rush, hence the name, El Dorado. There are many nearby historical sites, such as the El Dorado County Historical Museum, the Gold Bug mine (open to the public), and Pacific House, where Mark Twain once stayed.