ELDORADO NATIONAL FOREST

Pacific Ranger District

If you take Highway 50 east out of Placerville, California, you're driving through the Eldorado National Forest.  The area was originally settled during the 1849 gold rush by miners who named it "The Land of Gold".  Although people don't go there seeking their fortune anymore, there are still plenty of reasons to come.  Today the forest has more than 400 miles of hiking trails, two ski resorts, lakes for fishing, swimming and boating.  Campers come from all over the country to enjoy the beautiful rivers and reservoirs.

Fashoda Campground

Fashoda Campground is located on the east side of Union Valley Reservoir, about 15 miles from Riverton.  There are 30 single campsites at this location.  Campers come out to fish in the reservoir, boat, hike, and enjoy the varied local wildlife of northern California.

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Gerle Creek Campground

Gerle Creek Campground is set on the banks of the Gerle Creek Fork of Gerle Creek Divide Reservoir, about 40 miles from Riverton, California.  The campground has 50 single campsites.  Campers come out to fish and hike. 

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Ice House Campground                                 

Lower Ice House and Upper Ice House Campgrounds are located on the shores of Ice House Reservoir, about 12 miles from Riverton.  Campers come to Ice House to fish, hike, and mountain bike around the cold, clear waters of the reservoir. 

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Loon Lake Campground

Loon Lake Campground is located on the shores of Loon Lake, about 30 miles north of Riverton on Primary Forest Route 3.  At an elevation of 6500 feet, the cold, crystal clear waters of the reservoir are great for fishing, swimming and boating.  Local trails leading to the Desolation Wilderness Area are frequented by hikers and horseback riders.  The campground has 65 campsites, including 9 equestrian sites, 3 group sites and a boat ramp.

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Sunset Campground

Sunset Campground located on Union Valley Reservoir about 15 miles from Riverton.  This scenic pine forest campground is surrounded by the peaks of the Crystal Mountains. Campers come out to fish, boat or swim in the reservoir, as well asto hike and mountain bike on nearby trails. 

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Wench Creek Campground

Wench Creek Campground is set on the east shore of Union Valley Reservoir, about 16 miles north of Riverton on Primary Forest Route 3.  Campers come out to fish, swim, and boat in the reservoir, and hike the nearby trails. 2 group sites are available for up to 50 people and 100 campsites accommodate single families.

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Wolf Creek Campground                              

Wolf Creek and Yellowjacket Campgrounds are located on the north shore of Union Valley Reservoir in a mixed conifer forest, about 23 miles from Riverton.  Campers come out to fish, swim, and boat in the lake, and hike and bike local trails. 

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YellowJacket Campground

Wolf Creek and Yellowjacket Campgrounds are located on the north shore of Union Valley Reservoir in a mixed conifer forest, about 23 miles from Riverton.  Campers come out to fish, swim, and boat in the lake, and hike and bike local trails. 

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