Echo Summit & Crystal Basin Campgrounds

Eldorado National Forest

Camping along the Highway 50 Corridor, from the Crystal Basin to Echo Summit





Index of Crystal Basin - Echo Summit Campgrounds


  • Sly Park Camping (Jenkinson Lake) :

    Sly Park Campgrounds, Sly Park Resort, Capps Crossing Group Campground

  • Union Valley Reservoir Camping:

    Azalea Campground, Big Silver Group Campground, Camino Cove Campground, Fashoda Campground, Jones Fork Campground, Lone Rock Campground, Sunset Campground, Wench Creek Campground, Westpoint Campground, Wolf Creek Campground, Wolf Creek Group Campground, Yellowjacket Campground

  • Ice House Reservoir Camping:

    Icehouse Campground, Northwind Campground, Strawberry Point Campground, Silver Creek Group Campground

  • Wrights Lake Camping:

    Wrights Lake Campground, Wrights Lake Equestrian Camp

  • Loon Lake Camping:

    Loon Lake Campground, Loon Lake Boatramp RV Campground, Loon Lake Equestrian Campground, Loon Lake Group Camps, Northshore Campground, Pleasant Boat-In Campground, Red Fir Group Campground, Wentworth Campground, Southfork Group Campground

  • Gerle Reservoir Camping:

    Gerle Creek Campground, Airport Campground, Southfork Group Campground

  • Kyburz - Strawberry Camping:

    China Flat Campground, Lovers Leap Campground, Sand Flat Campground, Silver Fork Campground


For information about which campgrounds are open, see Current Conditions.


Crystal Basin - Highway 50 - Echo Summit Campgrounds

Sly Park Camping

Sly Park is located about 5 miles south of Pollock Pines off Highway 50. The main attraction of the area is Jenkinson Lake, operated by the Eldorado Irrigation District (EID). The lake is open year-round for both day use and camping. Nearby Sly Park Resort has RV camping.

Union Valley Reservoir Camping

A dozen campgrounds are scattered around the shores of Union Valley Reservoir in the Crystal Basin. Many of the campsites can be reserved. The reservoir is a popular place for water skiing, fishing, swimming, and hiking.

Ice House Reservoir Camping

Ice House Reservoir in the Crystal Basin has several campgrounds on its shores. The campgrounds are usually open from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October.

Wrights Lake Camping

Little Wrights Lake is a nice place to camp away from the bustle of the larger lakes. Besides a regular campground there is also an equestrian campground. The lake makes a good jumping off point for hikes into Desolation Wilderness. Nearby Barrett Lake Jeep Trail draws OHV enthusiasts.

Loon Lake Camping

Loon Lake is a full 20 miles from Highway 50 in the Crystal Basin. Several campgrounds are located around the lake, including a Boat-in camping area. There are also group campgrounds and an equestrian campground. Nearby staging areas for the famous Rubicon Trail draw many 4-wheelers in the summer.

Gerle Reservoir Camping

Remote Gerle Reservoir is a quiet place for family camping. There are a couple of nature trails. Only non-motorized boats are allowed on the lake. Gerle Creek Campground is located along the creek just north of the lake. Airport Flat Campground is nearby.

Kyburz - Strawberry Area Camping

This area includes the American River Canyon along Highway 50 near Kyburz and Strawberry, along with the Silver Fork of the American River. Campgrounds have good access to fishing along the river and to hiking in places such as Lovers Leap and Horsetail Falls.


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map of campgrounds along Highway 50 and Echo Summit, CA