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 ponderosa pine, you’ll be breathing in that sweet vanilla aroma all weekend long. Hit up Ice House Mountain Bike Trail for some epic views of the reservoir and Crystal Range or take a short 1.2-mile hike to the majestic cascades of Bassi Falls, which tumble over a 109-foot granite cliff. Whether you want to be right on the shoreline with your toes in the water or set back amongst the welcoming pines, you’ll find the perfect spot for your ideal escape at this site.
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
81 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair 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 Ice House Campground.

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Hipcamper Danielle
Danielle W.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
February 2nd, 2018

If you like boats, boating and boat people, this place if for you. If you like a little bit of quiet, peace and non-belligerent sunburned boozed up bros, keep it moving down the road to any of the hundred other amazing grounds in El Dorado National Forest.

Hipcamper Amber
Amber R.
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September 17th, 2017

Some of the parking spurs are narrow and difficult to get in to.

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Ze P.
recommends this listing.
June 16th, 2017

Silver group is the best campsite for 20+ people. Spacious with several fire rings, vault toilet, no showers but you can bathe in the reservoir and stream nearby.

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Terri P.
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June 8th, 2017

Reservations are required 6 months in advance.

Hipcamper Amber
Amber R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 31st, 2017

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.

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Hipcamper Michael
Michael R.
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April 27th, 2016

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.

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Eldorado National Forest
United States
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(530) 622-5061
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38.832° N, 120.358° W
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