Ice House Campground

Eldorado National Forest


Ice House Reservoir


Ice House Campground at Ice House Reservoir, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Ice House Campground

Eldorado National Forest Attractions

Campers at Ice House Campground at Ice House Reservoir in the Eldorado National Forest find plenty of exciting outdoor adventures nearby.

  • Launch your boat into Ice House Reservoir for great fishing.
  • 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 Ice House Campground Regulations

  1. Use only dead and down wood for campfires.
  2. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings.
  3. To avoid problems with bears. please store all foods, soap, and garbage in bear boxes.
  4. Keep dogs on leash and attended at all times.

Ice House Campground

Ice House Campground is located next to the boat launch ramp on the northwest shore of Ice House Reservoir in the Crystal Basin area of Eldorado National Forest. The campground is popular with anglers, boaters, cyclists, and families. Reach the campground by traveling 11 miles on Ice House Road off Highway 50 and then 1½ miles on Forest Road 32.

Ice House Campground is divided into two separate loops, one on either side of the launch ramp area. Campsites are in a mixed conifer forest with a preponderance of Ponderosa pines. Some sites are along the water while others are set farther back in the trees. Of the 81 sites, 13 are tent-only sites. The others can accommodate RVs, trailers, or tents. Reservations for some of those campsites are non-specific, which means that a particular site will be assigned upon arrival. Nearby Ice House Resort sells gas and supplies.

Ice House Campground Basics
Ice House Campground Location: West shore of Ice House Reservoir, 11 miles north on Ice House Road off Highway 50, then 1½ miles on Forest Road 32
Elevation: 5,500 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sacramento - 79 miles, 1:38
Campground Open: Late-May through mid-October
Number of Sites: 81
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 ($7 for extra vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Pacific Ranger District: (530) 647-5415

Reservations at Ice House Campground
Reservations available whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 3 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 40 feet
Accessible Sites: #81, 82, 83
Favorite Campsites: #18, 39, 48, 50, 57, 59, 61, 64, 77
Fees: $28 per night
Reservations: Ice House Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Ice House Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: No
Dump Station: Yes
Campground Map: Ice House Campground Map
Attractions near Ice House Campground: Take advantage of the 3.1-mile Ice House Bike Trail. Head out boating, water skiing, fishing, or swimming in Ice House Reservoir. Find good hiking such as the trail to summit of Two Peaks with great view of Union Valley. Take the Bassi Falls Hiking Trail. Visit Union Valley Reservoir and Loon Lake.

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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