Jones Fork Campground

Eldorado National Forest

Union Valley Reservoir

Jones Fork Campground, Union Valley Reservoir, CA

Jones Fork Campground

Eldorado National Forest Attractions

Visitors to the Eldorado National Forest find many wonderful places to explore.

  • Fishing in all the lakes and streams in the Crystal Basin
  • Boating and water skiing on Crystal Basin lakes
  • Hiking into the Desolation Wilderness
  • Taking in the scenery of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and rushing mountain streams
  • Mountain biking along the network of logging roads

Places to Visit

  • Historic Placerville
  • Crystal Basin, including Wrights Lake
  • Strawberry and Lovers' Leap rock
  • Ski resorts and snow play areas, cross country ski trails
  • Echo Lakes

Jones Fork Campground

Jones Fork Campground is on the southeastern corner of Union Valley Reservoir in the Crystal Basin, Eldorado National Forest. The campground's 10 sites are fairly well spread out and can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. A parking lot for the 4½-mile paved bike trail is located next to the campground.

No potable water is available at the campground. Amenities include vault toilets. Beacuse of its small size, the campground has a more relaxed atmosphere than some of the larger facilities. Opportunities for fishing from shore are close at hand.

Campground Basics
Location: Southeast shore of Union Valley Reservoir, 13 miles north on Ice House Road off Highway 50
Elevation: 4,900 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sacramento - 79 miles, 1:40
Campground Open: Late-May through October
Number of Sites: 10
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

No Reservations first come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: 25 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated, accessible toilet
Fees: $10 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Jones Fork Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, food locker
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump Station: Yellowjacket Campground
Campground Map: Jones Fork Campground Map
Nearby attractions: Union Valley Reservoir with fishing, boating, water skiing, Bike Trail, Trail to summit of Two Peaks for great view of Union Valley, Bassi Falls Hiking Trail, Ice House Reservoir, 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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