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Highway 88 Area

Amador Ranger District

Bear River Group Campground - Elevation 6,000'. Fee. Piped water, vault toilets; 3 Group units, 2 for 25 people, 1 for 50 people. From Highway 88, 40 miles east of Jackson, turn onto Bear River Reservoir Road, go about 5 miles to the south side of Bear River Reservoir. Boat ramp nearby. Store with private campgrounds on north side of reservoir about 2 miles from the group campground. Reservations required.

Blue Lake (Lower) - (PG&E;) Elevation 8,100'. 16 units. Fee, plus charge for each additional vehicle and charge for pets. Has piped water, vault toilets, fishing, boating. From Highway 88 (either 6.6 miles east of Carson Pass, or 2.5 miles west of the Hwy 88/89 junction), take Blue Lakes Road 12 miles to the first campground. No reservations.

Blue Lake (Upper) - (PG&E;) Elevation 8,200'. 32 units. Fee, plus charge for each additional vehicle and charge for pets. Has piped water, vault toilets, fishing, boating. From Highway 88 (either 6.6 miles east of Carson Pass, or 2.5 miles west of the Hwy 88/89 junction), take Blue Lakes Road 12 miles. The campground is 1.3 miles past Upper Blue Lake Dam Campground. No reservations.

Blue Lake Dam (Upper) - (PG&E;) Elevation 8,200'. 25 units. Fee, plus charge for each additional vehicle and charge for pets. Has piped water, vault toilets, fishing, boating. From Highway 88 (either 6.6 miles east of Carson Pass, or 2.5 miles west of the Hwy 88/89 junction), take Blue Lakes Road 12 miles to the first campground. Go 1/4 mile beyond Middle Creek Campground. No reservations.

Caples Lake - Elevation 7,800'. 35 units, Fee, plus charge for each additional vehicle. Trailer spaces, piped water, vault toilets. Good hiking and fishing area. Boat ramp, boat rentals, and store nearby. Located 63 miles east of Jackson on Highway 88. No reservations.

Kirkwood Lake - Elevation 7,600'. 12 units. Fee. Piped water, vault toilets. On Highway 88, 60 miles east of Jackson or 1/2 mile west of Kirkwood Ski Resort sign. Short parking spurs.

Lumberyard - Elevation 6,200'. 5 units. No fee. Vault toilets, no water. On Highway 88, 37 miles from Jackson at Ellis Road. No reservations.

Middle Creek - (PG&E;) Elevation 8,200'. 5 units. Fee, plus charge for each additional vehicle and charge for pets. Water, toilets, fishing. From Highway 88 (either 6.6 miles east of Carson Pass, or 2.5 miles west of the Hwy 88/89 junction), take Blue Lakes Road 12 miles to the first campground. Go 1.5 miles beyond Lower Blue Lake Campground. No reservations.

Mokelumne - Elevation 3,200'. 8 units. No fee. Semi-primitive camping, vault toilets. No water, tables. From Highway 88, 37 miles from Jackson, turn south onto Ellis Road, go 12 miles to the campground area. 1 of 3 adjacent sites on the Mokelumne River. Swimming holes nearby. No reservations.

Moore Creek - Elevation 3,200'. 8 units semi-primitive camping. No fee. Vault toilets, no water, tables. From Highway 88, 37 miles from Jackson, turn south onto Ellis Road, go 12 miles to the campground area. 1 of 3 adjacent sites on the Mokelumne River. Swimming holes nearby. No reservations.

Pardoes Point - Elevation 6,000'. 10 units. Fee, plus charge for each additional vehicle. Pit toilets, no water. 5 picnic units. On Highway 88 travel east of Jackson 40 miles. Turn right onto the Bear River Reservoir Road, go 5 miles. No reservations.

PiPi - Elevation 4,100'. 51 units. Fee, plus charge for each additional vehicle. Piped water, vault toilets, trailer spaces. On Highway 88, travel east 26 miles from Jackson, turn north onto Omo Ranch Road for 1.5 miles, then North-South Road 6 miles to the campground. Some accessible toilets and campsites. Swimming holes nearby. Handicapped-accessible boardwalk and fishing piers. Some reservations.

Silver Lake East - Elevation 7,200'. 62 units. Fee, plus charge for each additional vehicle. Trailers, piped water, vault toilets. Located at Silver Lake, on Highway 88, 52 miles east of Jackson. Store and boat rental nearby. Some reservations.

Silver Lake West (EID) - Elevation 7,200'. 35 units. Fee, plus charge for each extra car, charge for pets. Trailers, piped water, vault toilets. Located at Silver Lake on Highway 88, 52 miles east of Jackson. Store and boat rental nearby. No reservations.

South Shore - Elevation 5,900'. 22 units. Fee, plus charge for each additional vehicle. Trailer spaces, piped water, vault toilets. From Highway 88, 40 miles east of Jackson, turn onto Bear River Reservoir Road, go 4 miles to the campground. Boat ramp and store with private campgrounds on north side of reservoir about 2 miles from the campground. No reservations.

Sugar Pine Point - Elevation 6,000'. 10 units. Fee, plus charge for each additional vehicle. Pit toilets, no water. On Highway 88, travel east of Jackson 40 miles. Turn right onto Bear River Reservoir Road, go 2 1/2 miles to the 'Y', then left 3 miles on an unpaved access road. No reservations.

White Azalea - Elevation 3,500'. 6 units. No fee. Semi-primitive camping, vault toilets, no water, no tables. From Highway 88, 37 miles from Jackson, turn south onto Ellis Road, go 12 miles to the campground area. 1 of 3 adjacent sites on the Mokelumne River. Swimming holes nearby. No reservations.

Woods Lake - Elevation 8,200. 25 units. Fee, plus charge for each additional vehicle. Accessible vault toilets, hand-pumped water. 8 accessible picnic sites adjacent to the lake. Located 67 miles east of Jackson on Highway 88, or 2 miles west of Carson Pass. No motor boats. No reservations.

Wentworth Springs Road and North

Georgetown Ranger District

Big Meadows - Elevation 5,300'. 54 units. Fee. Vault toilets, trailer spaces, piped water, boat ramp. One accessible site available. Flush toilet accessible from site #52. Travel 22 miles east of Georgetown on Wentworth Springs Road, then 27 miles northeast on Forest Highway 2. Campground is located about 1.5 miles northwest of Hell Hole Reservoir. No reservations.

Black Oak Group Campground - Elevation 4,400'. Four group camp areas. Fee. Site no. 1, 50 people, no trailers, piped water, vault toilets. Site no. 2, 75 people, self-contained vehicles only, no toilets. Site no. 3, 50 people, no trailers, piped water, vault toilets. Site no. 4, 25 people, no trailers, piped water, vault toilets. Located adjacent to Stumpy Meadows Lake, 21 miles from Georgetown on the Wentworth Springs Road. Boat ramp 2 miles from site. Reservation only.

Dru Barner Park - Elevation 3,000'. 16 units for equestrian and/or single-family use. No fee, no water, no toilets. Five miles east of Georgetown, turn left on Bypass Road. Go 1 1/2 miles on gravel road to the park. No motorcycles. Equestrian trail nearby. No reservations.

Hell Hole - Elevation 5,200'. 10 walk-in tent units. Fee, vault toilets, piped water. Travel 22 miles east of Georgetown on Wentworth Springs Road, then 29 miles northeast on Forest Highway 2 (51 miles from Georgetown), 1 mile northwest of Hell Hole Reservoir. Boat ramp. No reservations.

Upper Hell Hole - Elevation 4,600'. 15 units. No fee. Stream or lake water, pit toilets, boat ramp. Campfire permits required. Travel 22 miles east of Georgetown on Wentworth Springs Road, then 29 miles northeast on Forest Highway 2 and three miles northeast by boat or trail only. (54 miles from Georgetown) Located on the east end of Hell Hole Reservoir. No reservations.

Middle Meadows Group Campgrounds - Elevation 5,000'. Two group camp areas. Fee. One site for 25 people, one for 50 people. Trailer spaces, piped water, vault toilets. 22 miles east of Georgetown, off Wentworth Springs Road, turn north on 11 Pines Road (Forest Highway 2), 27 miles to the campground. Located adjacent to Long Canyon Creek for fishing and wading. 50 miles from nearest town. Reservations.

Stumpy Meadows - Elevation 4,400'. 40 units. Fee. Trailer spaces, piped water, vault toilets, picnic tables, boat ramp. Two accessible sites available. Located on the Wentworth Springs Road 25 miles east of Georgetown. No water skiing. Some reservations.

Crystal Basin Recreation Area

Pacific Ranger District

Airport Flat - Elevation 5,300'. 16 units. No fee. No water, vault toilets, trailer spaces, all sites accessible. Located in the Crystal Basin, 27 miles from Highway 50 on Ice House Road. Where the road forks to go to Loon Lake or Gerle Creek Campground, take the Gerle Creek branch. The campground is about 3 miles from the fork on the right. No reservations.

Fashoda Tent - Elevation 4,900'. 30 walk-in units (service road available for unloading equipment). Fee, piped water, vault toilets; one site and one toilet accessible. 5 picnic units. Located on the peninsula at Union Valley Reservoir in the Crystal Basin, 14 miles north of Highway 50 via Ice House Road. No reservations.

Gerle Creek - Elevation 5,300'. 50 units. Fee. Piped water, vault toilets, trailer spaces available. 4 picnic units, paved trail, and fishing pier accessible for wheelchairs. Campground located on Gerle Creek Reservoir in the Crystal Basin. About 27 miles north of Highway 50 via Ice House Road. No motorboats. Some reservations.

Ice House - Elevation 5,500'. 83 units. Fee. Piped water, vault toilets, trailer spaces. Picnic area, boat ramp, and dump station nearby. Three units and some toilets accessible. Located at Ice House Reservoir in the Crystal Basin, 11.5 miles north of Highway 50 via Ice House Road. Some reservations.

Jones Fork - Elevation 4,900'. 10 units. Fee. Accessible vault toilet. No water. Located 12 miles from Highway 50 off Ice House Road, at Union Valley Reservoir in the Crystal Basin. No reservations.

Loon Lake - Elevation 6,500'. 53 units. Fee. Piped water, trailer spaces, vault toilets, boat ramp. Some accessible campsites and toilets. Located on Loon Lake in the Crystal Basin, approximately 29 miles north of Highway 50 via the Ice House and Loon Lake Roads. Some reservations.

Loon Lake Boat Ramp - Elevation 6,500'. 15 units. Fee; for self-contained vehicles. Vault toilets, no water, no campfires. Five picnic sites. No reservations.

Loon Lake Equestrian - Elevation 6,500'. 9 units. Fee. Piped water, accessible vault toilet. Some reservations.

Loon Lake Equestrian Group - Elevation 6,500'. 5 units, 25 people. Fee. Piped water, vault toilets, picnic tables. Some reservations.

Loon Lake Group Campground #1 - Elevation 6,500'. Reservations required. Fee. Vault toilets, piped water. The ten-unit group campground will accommodate walk-in tent camping for 50 people. Some reservations.

Loon Lake Group Campground #2 - Elevation 6,500'. Reservations required. Fee. Vault toilet and one campsite accessible, piped water. Six units will accommodate 25 people. Some reservations.

Red Fir Group Campground - Elevation 6,500'. Fee, 25 people and 6 vehicles, accessible vault toilets, piped water. Located on the northwest shore of Loon Lake in the Crystal Basin, approximately 29 miles north of Highway 50 via the Ice House and Loon Lake Roads. Some reservations.

North Shore RV - Elevation 6,500'. 15 units for self-contained vehicles. Accessible vault toilets and campsites. No fee, no water, tents OK. Located on the northwest shore of Loon Lake in the Crystal Basin, approximately 29 miles north of Highway 50 via the Ice House and Loon Lake roads. No reservations.

Northwind - Elevation 5,500'. Ten units for self-contained vehicles, no fee, no water, accessible vault toilet, tents OK. Located on the north shore of Ice House Reservoir in the Crystal Basin, 11.5 miles north of Highway 50 via the Ice House Road. No reservations.

Pleasant - Elevation 6,500'. 10 units. No fee. Boat or trail access only. Stream water, vault toilets. Located on the northeast shore of Loon Lake in the Crystal Basin, approximately 29 miles north of Highway 50 via the Ice House and Loon Lake Roads. May be reached by boat or trail from the Loon Lake boat ramp; approximate distance 2.5 miles. No reservations.

Silver Creek - Elevation 5,200'. 11 units. Fee. Stream water, vault toilets, no trailers. Campground adjacent to Silver Creek in the Crystal Basin, 9 miles north of Highway 50 via Ice House Road (near Ice House Resort). No reservations.

South Fork - Elevation 5,200'. 17 units. Fee. Stream water, vault toilets and trailer spaces. Site located near the South Fork of the Rubicon River in the Crystal Basin, approximately 23 miles north of Highway 50 via Ice House Road. No reservations.

Strawberry Point - Elevation 5,500'. Ten units for self-contained vehicles. Fee. No water, accessible vault toilet, tents OK, on the north shore of Ice House Reservoir in the Crystal Basin. Travel 11.5 miles north of Highway 50 via Ice House Road. No reservations.

Sunset - Elevation 4,900'. 131 camp units. Fee. Piped water, vault toilets. Picnic area, swimming beach nearby, boat ramp, and dump station nearby. Located on the peninsula at Union Valley Reservoir in the Crystal Basin, 14 miles north of Highway 50 via Ice House Road. Cafe and store within 5 miles. Some reservations.

Wench Creek - Elevation 4,900'. 100 units. Fee. Trailers, piped water, flush and vault toilets. Located on east shore of Union Valley Reservoir in the Crystal Basin, about 15 miles north of Highway 50 via Ice House Road. No reservations.

Wench Creek Group Campground - Elevation 4,900. Fee. Two group units (50 persons each). Trailers, piped water, flush and vault toilets. Located on east shore of Union Valley Reservoir in the Crystal Basin, about 15 miles north of Highway 50 via Ice House Road. Some reservations.

Wentworth Springs - Elevation 6,000'. Eight units (2 double units). No fee. Vault toilets, stream water. Located 1 mile north of Loon Lake in the Crystal Basin, on the Wentworth Springs Road. Access recommended for motorcycles and 4WD vehicles only. No reservations.

Wolf Creek - Elevation 4,900'. 42 units (39 accessible campsites); reduced fee until the water system is developed (potable water available). Trailer spaces, accessible vault toilets, 4 double units. Located on the north shore of Union Valley Reservoir in the Crystal Basin. Travel 19 miles north of Highway 50 on the Ice House Road, then 3 1/2 miles west of Ice House Road. Dump station nearby at Yellowjacket campground. Some reservations.

Wright's Lake - Elevation 7,000'. Wrights Lake will be closed for the summer of 1997 for renovation. Parking will be available for access to the Desolation Wilderness Trailheads. Campground, picnic units and equestrian camping. 71 units. Fee area. Piped water, accessible vault toilets, trailer spaces. No motor boats. Some reservations. Weather permitting, the campground is available on a first-come, first-served basis before and after reservation dates. Located in the Crystal Basin, 34 miles east of Placerville and 8 miles north of Highway 50 on Wrights Lake Road, which was severely damaged in the mud slides of January 1997. Call the Information Center for road conditions.

Yellowjacket - Elevation 4,900'. 40 units. Fee. Trailer spaces, boat ramp, piped water, vault and flush toilets. Dump station nearby. Located on the north shore of Union Valley Reservoir in the Crystal Basin, 19.5 miles north of Highway 50 and about 2 miles off Ice House Road. Some reservations.

Highway 50 and South

Placerville Ranger District

Caps Crossing - Elevation 5,200'. 11 units. Fee. Piped water, vault toilets. On the north fork of the Cosumnes River, fishing, gold panning. From Highway 50, 20 miles east of Placerville, take Sly Park Road south 5 miles to Jenkinson Lake. Cross the dams on Jenkinson Lake, putting you on Mormon Emigrant Trail (Iron Mountain Road). Go 9 miles, turn right on North South Road, go 5 miles to the campground. No reservations.

China Flat - Elevation 4,800'. 18 units (some units and toilets accessible), 7 walk-in tent units. Fee, piped water, vault toilets. On Highway 50, 30 miles east of Placerville, turn south at Kyburz on the Silver Fork Road. The campground is located 3 miles from Kyburz, on the Silver Fork of the American River. No reservations.

Sand Flat - Elevation 3,900'. 29 units, Fee. Trailers, piped water, vault toilets. Located on South Fork of American River next to Highway 50, 28 miles east of Placerville. Store, gas, and restaurant nearby. No reservations.

Silver Fork - Elevation 5,600'. 35 units, Fee. Trailer spaces, piped water, vault toilets. On Highway 50, 30 miles east of Placerville, turn south at Kyburz on the Silver Fork Road. The campground is located 8 miles from Kyburz, on the Silver Fork of the American River. One unit and one toilet accessible. No reservations.


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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