Silver Lake East Campground

Eldorado National Forest

Silver Lake

Silver Lake Campground, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Silver Lake Campground

Eldorado National Forest Attractions

Visitors to the Eldorado National Forest and Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest on Carson Pass find many wonderful places to explore.

  • Fish and boat on Silver Lake and Caples Lake
  • Visit Kirkwood for both winter and summer activities
  • Enjoy a meal at Kit Carson Lodge or Caples Lake Resort
  • Discover the beauty of Hope Valley and visit famous Sorensen's Resort for lodging, meals, and activities.
  • 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
  • Mountain bike along a network of logging roads

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.

Campground Basics
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

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 campites: #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
Nearby attractions: Silver Lake and Caples Lake for boating and fishing, Kirkwood for mountain biking and other activities, Carson Pass, Hope Valley, Blue Lakes, 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 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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