Are you looking for a great camping location? Why not try a campground in El Dorado County? It has some of the best local spots in California. Here are four of the many terrific camping areas here in El Dorado County.
Sly Park Recreation Area, — Pollack Pines
As the best-known recreation area in the county, Sly Park offers 10 family-friendly campgrounds with nearly two-hundred spots available. Sly Park facilitates group and individuals, and it’s location just off U.S. Highway 50 makes it the most popular spot in El Dorado County.
With Jenkinson Lake right next door, there’s plenty of swimming, fishing, and boating to go around. Great hiking also draws many to this beautiful jewel in the middle of El Dorado National Forest.
The campgrounds offer vaulted toilets and water hookups. Individual rates begin at $33 per night and go up from there. Groups can get in for as little as $300. For more information visit www.slyparklake.com.
Sunset-Union Valley Campground
Located in the heart of El Dorado National Forest, Sunset Campground offers a more “out-of-the-way” camping experience. Located off Ice House Road, about sixteen miles from Highway 50, Sunset has all the amenities needed for a great camping experience.
Right next door, Union Valley Reservoir offers great lake trout fishing, and the many streams that run into the lake offer some of the best stream trout fishing in the state. A boat ramp offers easy access to the water, and swimming is always a blast as well.
The facilities include vaulted toilets and water spigots with a restaurant and store not far down the road. Rates begin at $22 per night. For more information visit www.fs.usda.gov.
Stumpy Meadows Campground
If you really want to get lost, try Stumpy Meadows. Located right next to the reservoir by the same name, Stumpy Meadows offers the bare minimum camping experience. You’ll find this small, forest hide-a-way on Wentworth Springs Road just above Quintet, California.
Several picnic tables dot the shores of the lake. Other facilities include a convenient boat ramp, vaulted toilets and water spigots. Rates begin at $17 per night. For more information visit www.fs.usda.gov.
Capps Crossing Campground
Another “bare-minimum” camping experience, Capps Crossing stands as the ultimate in minimalist camping. This lovely little place weighs in with a people-capacity of a little over forty.
Located on North South Road, right next to the north fork of the Consumnes River, it offers fishing, gold panning and swimming. Amenities include vaulted toilets, piped water, picnic tables and lots of peace and quiet. But don’t expect any R.V. hookups.
This is mostly a group site, so rates begin at $55 per night and go up from there. Individuals also may rent a spot if they are available. For more information visit www.fs.usda.gov.