Big Silver Group Campground

Eldorado National Forest


Union Valley Reservoir


Big Silver Campground, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Big Silver Group Camp

Eldorado National Forest Attractions

Visitors to Big Silver Group Campground at Union Valley Reservoir in the Eldorado National Forest find some wonderful outdoor adventures nearby.

  • Try mountain biking along the network of logging roads.
  • Take advantage of the bike trail around Union Valley Reservoir.
  • Try fishing in all the lakes and streams in the Crystal Basin.
  • Enjoy boating and water skiing on Crystal Basin lakes.
  • Set out on a hike into the Desolation Wilderness.
  • Take in the scenery of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and rushing mountain streams.

Places to Visit

  • Explore the Crystal Basin, including stunningly beautiful Wrights Lake.
  • Drive up Highway 50 to Strawberry and Lovers' Leap rock.
  • Visit ski resorts and snow play areas along with cross country ski trails
  • Spend the day high on Echo Summit at Echo Lakes.
  • Visit historic Placerville and tour Gold Rush era buildings.

Key Big Silver Group Campground Regulations

  1. Keep the campground gate closed or visitors will wander in. The gate combination will be issued when reservations are finalized.
  2. To avoid problems with bears. please store all foods, soap, and garbage in bear boxes.
  3. Keep dogs on leash and attended at all times.
  4. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings.

Big Silver Group Campground

Big Silver Group Campground is on the east side of Union Valley Reservoir in the Crystal Basin area of the Eldorado National Forest. The campground is set among the trees not far from Big Silver Creek and Union Valley Reservoir. Big Silver Group Campground can accommodate one group of up to 50 people. Within the campground are 10 units, some for tents, others for RVs, trailers, and tents, and a third with walk-in tent sites. All of the sites are accessible.

In the center is a kitchen area with 7 tables, 1 serving table, 2 group pedestal grills, and 1 group fire ring. There is no potable water at Big Silver Group Campground . Campers should either bring water or treat the stream water by filtering it or boiling it.

Big Silver Group Campground Basics
Big Silver Group Campground Location: East shore of Union Valley Reservoir, 16 miles north on Ice House Road off Highway 50
Elevation: 4,900 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sacramento - 81 miles, 1:49
Campground Open: Late-May through early September
Number of Sites: 1
Max. People per Site: 50
Vehicles per Site: 12
Pets: On leash, always attended
Pacific Ranger District: (530) 647-5415

Reservations for Big Silver Group Campground
Reservations available whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 4 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival.
Maximum Vehicle Length: not designated
Accessible Sites: most
Fees: $45 per night
(may be going up to $50 in 2017)
Reservations: Big Silver Group Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Big Silver Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, pedestal grills, group fire ring
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump Station: Near Sunset Campground
Campground Map: Big Silver Group Campground Map
Attractions near Big Silver Group Campground: Enjoy Union Valley Reservoir with fishing, boating, and water skiing. Set out on the Bike Trail to explore the lake shoreline. Or try the trail to summit of Two Peaks for great view of Union Valley. Hike the Bassi Falls Hiking Trail. Visit Ice House Reservoir, Loon Lake, and Wrights Lake.

Big Silver Campground, Eldorado National Forest,  CA

General Camping Information

When making reservations be sure that your vehicle will fit in the space indicated on the reservations website.
Information is available at the Crystal Information Station east of Union Valley Reservoir on Ice House Road during the summer.
Horses and motor vehicles are not permitted on the bike trails at Union Valley Reservoir. Horses are permitted on the Ice House Reservoir bike trail.
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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