Animal-lovers, come on down to Yellowjacket Campground, only don’t be fooled by its name; this campground is host to loveable creatures. Camping here is amazing. You know, if you like picturesque water-views, hiking trails, and a Mediterranean climate. Sites come with picnic tables, grills, and fire rings. Even toilets are available so if roughing it isn’t exactly your style, you can rest easy knowing “trips” into the woods won’t be necessary. RVs are totally welcome, just know that you won’t find electrical hook-ups.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
19 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


The area surrounding Lake Tahoe offers plenty of biking opportunities. There aren’t too many trails around Eldorado specifica...Read more


If you’re looking to wake up and get out on the water, you’re in luck. Many of the campgrounds are located along lakes and re...Read more


Aside from the 11 reservoirs and lakes, there are hundreds of lakes in the wilderness areas that will answer all of your fishin...Read more


With over 350 miles of hiking trails, you can walk along the foothills or trek through the Sierras and you’ll see stunning view...Read more

Horseback riding

Hay horse friends, hit the trail! There are some pretty cool trails , like the Horse Canyon trail, the Emigrant Lake trail, an...Read more


Wilderness areas only allow non-motorized boating, which means kayakers, canoers, and paddlers of all kinds, should head over t...Read more

Wind sports

Union Valley Reservoir seems to be the only place that allows kiteboarding and windsurfing, but you should ask a ranger, if thi...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Popular OHV routes are Elkins Flat , a whopping 69 mile trail perfect for motorcycles, and Gold Note , a 30 mile route great ...Read more


Do you love rock climbing? Then head to Lover’s Leap, a granite formation, perfect for climbing and bouldering. At almost 600 f...Read more

Snow sports

Your recreation opportunities continue into the winter, with skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, xc skiing and snowshoeing ...Read more


Water lovers should stay at these campgrounds if they’re looking to get some good swimming in. Reservoirs, lakes, and the sor...Read more

Whitewater paddling

One of the most popular whitewater trips is the south fork of the American River, which runs through Eldorado National Forest. ...Read more

Wildlife watching

There are almost 350 different species living in here… Holy cow! Common Sierra dwellers like mule deer, mountain lions, bears, ...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Yellowjacket Campground.

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Swimming hole
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Hipcamper KATIE
Katie M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 23rd, 2016

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.

Site MapBathroom near Site #1Flush Toilet!On the trail from Yellowjacket CG to Wolf Creek CG
Hipcamper Erin
Erin N.
recommends this listing.
January 22nd, 2019

#19 has views of union valley resivior water and has easy access flush toilets. Also there is a boat ramp

Hipcamper Katie M.
recommends this listing.
May 30th, 2017
Eldorado National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(530) 622-5061
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38.89° N, 120.389° W
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Tent Only: 10 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 9 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)
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