Don't forget to grab your California fishing permit, because Loon Lake Campground is the spot you wanna cast a line. Rev up your motorized boat, dare to take an ice cold dip, or lace up your boots for a breathtaking hike. This is the Sierra Nevada at its finest.

Drinking water and toilets give the place a slightly less remote feel. If you really want to get out there, grab a permit and backpack into the desolation wilderness.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
65 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 Loon Lake Campground.

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Hipcamper Gerry
Gerry D.
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August 7th, 2019

Brought my kids here on our first camping trip. The fishing was fun, the site had great water access, secluded, and big enough for a couple of more tents. It might have been too rough for a first trip, but we still had fun. My daughter said she really missed flushing toilets. It is a half-hour to anything and an hour from anything other than a small store cafe. Not really a problem for us, but don't forget anything. The lake was beautiful and warm enough for swimming (it was August). The hikes were amazing. Overall we really enjoyed ourselves. It was a great camping spot.

Hipcamper Rose
Rose H.
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October 25th, 2018

Lots of campsites. Can be noisy during the busy season. The lake is very pretty

Equestrian campsite is big
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Danielle W.
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Hipcamper Minh
Minh D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 5th, 2017

Have been coming here several times a year since 1992. If you really want to get away, keep driving on Ice House road past the campsites until you get to the end of the road. Unload your canoe and paddle in or hike in. It's open wilderness and hopefully, you won't see another soul for a hundred yards. You'll discover spots that adventurous souls have pitched their tents in the past. Just look for the fire rings. I've been hoarding this jem to myself for the last 25 years. Hopefully, another generation will discover the awesomeness of Loon Lake.

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Abbey S.
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July 12th, 2017

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Eldorado National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(530) 622-5061
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38.981° N, 120.316° W
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