Jones Fork Campground

Eldorado National Forest

Union Valley Reservoir

Jones Fork Campground, Union Valley Reservoir, CA

Jones Fork Campground

Eldorado National Forest Attractions

Campers who stay at Jones Fork Campground at Union Valley Reservoir in the Eldorado National Forest find many great outdoor adventures nearby.

  • Take in the scenery of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and rushing mountain streams.
  • 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.
  • Try mountain biking along the network of logging roads.
  • Take advantage of the bike trail around Union Valley Reservoir.

Places to Visit

  • Visit historic Placerville and tour Gold Rush era buildings.
  • 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.

Key Jones Fork Campground Regulations

  1. To avoid problems with bears. please store all foods, soap, and garbage in bear boxes.
  2. Keep dogs on leash and attended at all times.
  3. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings.
  4. To avoid the spread of invasive pests, obtain firewood locally.

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 Jones Fork Campground. Amenities include vault toilets. Beacuse of its small size, Jones Fork Campground has a more relaxed atmosphere than some of the larger facilities. Opportunities for fishing from shore are close at hand.

Jones Fork Campground Basics
Jones Fork Campground 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
Attractions near Jones Fork Campground: Enjoy Union Valley Reservoir with fishing, boating, water skiing. Hike or bicycle the paved Bike Trail. Follow the trail to summit of Two Peaks for great view of Union Valley. Try the Bassi Falls Hiking Trail. Take a picnic to Ice House Reservoir or 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.

map of campgrounds at Unioin Valley Reservoir, including Jones Fork Campground, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Notice: Gerle Creek Campground will close after Labor Day 2018 for upgrades and will reopen in the spring of 2019.

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