Silver Lake West Campground

Eldorado National Forest

Silver Lake

Silver Lake West Campground, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Silver Lake West 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 West Campground

Silver Lake West Campground is near the north shore of Silver Lake on Carson Pass in the Eldorado National Forest. Silver Lake West is operated by the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) while nearby Silver Lake East Campground is operated by the Forest Service. Visitors to Silver Lake enjoy beautiful mountains scenery, hiking trails, mountain biking, boating, and fishing.

Silver Lake West Campground has 42 campsites. Many can accommodate small RVs, trailers and tents. Sites #6, 8, 27, 28, 40, 41, 42 will accommodate RVs/trailers up to 24 feet. All campsites are first-come, first-served. EID requests that visitors fill RV and trailer water tanks before arrival at the campground.

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: Mid-May through mid-October
Number of Sites: 42
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 ($10 for extra vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended, maximum of 2, $3 each per night
El Dorado Irrigation District: (530) 295-6824

No Reservations first-come, first-served
Maximum Vehicle Length: 24 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Favorite Campsites: #12, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24
Fees: $25 per night (seniors $20)
Check-in, check-out: unknown

Silver Lake East Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grills, bear-proof food storage boxes
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: No
Dump Station: Available at nearby Plasse Resort for fee
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

Silver Lake West Campground map, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Silver Lake West Campground Map

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