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About Eldorado National Forest
Campgrounds in Eldorado
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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.
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
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! !
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.
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.
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.
This is a free campground in Eldorado National Forest that usually opens Memorial Day weekend and closes mid-October. It is a paved road all the way here. You can't make reservations as it is first come-first served and there are only 16 sites. Amenities include bear box, picnic table, fire pit, and vault toilets. There is no piped water so you must bring your own. Some weekends it is hard to get a spot since the Rubicon 4WD crowd uses it. A few times we have gone here people have left all their trash at the site instead of putting it into the dumpster provided. Please pick up after yourself so we can keep this as a non-fee campground.
The Gerle Creek Campground and Reservoir are nearby and take camping reservations.
This place is beautiful! Lots of trees and granite everywhere. The campground feels very spacious. The reservoir does not allow motorized boats. The boat ramp and day use area is free to use! The toilets are all vaults here. Check in time is 2:00 p.m. Check out time is 1:00 p.m.
Reservations are $25. This campground takes reservations and does fill up during the busy season. There are 50 sites and 2 are group sites ($50).The best will be to bring your kayaks, paddle boards, or anything to take out on the lake. There is a fishing pier and a good spot to take photos.
This was my first time camping at Ice house. We went Sunday-Tuesday During Memorial day Weekend. I thought Sunday night would be packed since the campground was fully booked. I was happy to find the sites were very spread out so it didn't feel crowded at all! We stayed at site 57 the first night and site 55 the next night. Both were a short walk to the water and close to the toilets.
On Monday we took our kayaks out on the lake which was a lot of fun. The water was calm and there was very few people on the water. Later that day a thunder storm rolled in and it rained for about 2 hours so we drove to the nearby Ice House Resort and played pool until the sun came out.
Overall the lake was beautiful and the sites were spacious and clean.
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.