Silver Lake East Campground

Eldorado National Forest

Silver Lake

Silver Lake Campground, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Silver Lake East Campground

Eldorado National Forest Attractions

Those staying at Silver Lake East Campground in the Eldorado National Forest on Carson Pass find many wonderful places to explore.

  • Mountain bike along a network of logging roads.
  • Fish and boat on Silver Lake and Caples Lake.
  • Discover the beauty of Hope Valley and visit famous Sorensen's Resort for lodging, meals, and activities.
  • Drive out to Blue Lakes for great fishing and hiking.
  • Visit Kirkwood for both winter and summer activities from skiing to mountain biking.
  • Enjoy a meal at Kit Carson Lodge or Caples Lake Resort.
  • Drive out to Blue Lakes for fishing, hiking, and horse back riding.
  • Hike into the Mokelumne Wilderness.
  • Take in the scenery of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and rushing mountain streams.
  • Launch your boat into Bear River Reservoir.

Key Silver Lake East Campground Regulations

  1. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings.
  2. To avoid the spread of invasive pests, obtain firewood locally.
  3. Keep dogs on leash and attended at all times.
  4. To avoid problems with bears. please store all foods, scented items, soap, and garbage in bear boxes.

Silver Lake East Campground

Silver Lake East Campground is near the north shore of Silver Lake on Carson Pass in the Eldorado National Forest. Silver Lake East is operated by the Forest Service, while nearby Silver Lake West Campground is operated by the El Dorado Irrigation District. Visitors to Silver Lake enjoy beautiful mountains scenery, hiking trails, mountain biking, boating, and fishing. A small pond in the center of the campground often attracts ducks.

Silver Lake East Campground has 58 campsites. Many can accommodate RVs, trailers and tents. Six sites are designated for tents. Another 4 campsites are tent-only, walk-in sites. The campground offers 3 double sites. Reservations can be made for most sites, but some sites are non-specific. For those reservations, campers will be assigned a site upon arrival.

Silver Lake East Campground Basics
Silver Lake East Campground Location: Near the north shore of Silver Lake, off Highway 88, 52 miles east of Jackson
Elevation: 7,200 feet
Miles/Driving time from gateway city: Sacramento - 95 miles, 1:58
Campground Open: June through mid-October
Number of Sites: 58
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 ($7 for extra vehicle)
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Sierra Recreation Managers, for the Eldorado National Forest
Amador Ranger District: (209) 295-4251

Silver Lake East Campground Reservations
Reservations available whenever campground is open
Booking Window: from 4 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival
Maximum Vehicle Length: 40 feet
ADA Accessible Sites: Many sites labeled with "easy access"
Favorite Campsites: #13, 38, 43, 44
Tents only campsites: #6, 11, 36
Fees: $24 per night
Reservations: Silver Lake East Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Silver Lake East Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring (some with grills), some sites with bear-proof food storage boxes
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: No
Dump Station: Available at nearby Plasse Resort for fee
Campground Map: Silver Lake East Campground Map
Attractions near Silver Lake East Campground: Take the trail to Thunder Mountain. Visit Silver Lake and Caples Lake for boating and fishing. Head over to Kirkwood for mountain biking and other activities. Explore Carson Pass, Hope Valley, and Blue Lakes. Enjoy the local hiking trails. For more about recreation on Carson Pass see Up and Over Carson Pass.

Pond at Silver Lake Campground, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Pond at Silver Lake East Campground

General Camping Information

When making reservations be sure that your vehicle will fit in the space indicated on the reservations website.
For campground purposes, a vehicle is any equipment that is required to be licensed/registered. This includes RVs, trailers, cars/trucks, boat/car trailer, motorcycle/atv, etc. Vehicles parked in a truck or on a trailer are not counted separately.

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