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

Campers at Silver Lake West Campground in the Eldorado National Forest on Carson Pass find many wonderful places to explore.

  • 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.
  • Fish and boat on Silver Lake and Caples Lake.
  • 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.
  • Mountain bike along a network of logging roads.

Key Silver Lake West Campground Regulations

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

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.

Silver Lake West Campground Basics
Silver Lake West 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: Mid-May through mid-October
Number of Sites: 42
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 ($15 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: $30 per night
Seniors, disabled, military - $25
Check-in, check-out: unknown

Silver Lake East Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grills, bear-resistant food storage boxes
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: No
Dump Station: Available at nearby Plasse Resort for fee
Attractions near Silver Lake West Campground: Enjoy Silver Lake and Caples Lake for boating and fishing. Head to Kirkwood for mountain biking and other summer activities. Explore Carson Pass, Hope Valley, Blue Lakes. Set out on 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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