Loon Lake Campground

Eldorado National Forest


Loon Lake


Campsite at Loon Lake Campground, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Loon Lake Campground

Eldorado National Forest Attractions

Visitors to Loon Lake Campground at Loon Lake in the Eldorado National Forest find some wonderful outdoor adventures nearby.

  • Launch your boat into Loon Lake for scenic cruising and good fishing.
  • 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.
  • 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 Loon Lake Campground Regulations

  1. Please check with the campground attendant or entrance board before setting up your camp.
  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.

Loon Lake Campground

Loon Lake Campground rests in the Crystal Basin area of Eldorado National Forest, 29 miles north of Highway 50 on Ice House Road. The campground is on the south side of beautiful Loon Lake. An abundance of recreational opportunities attract campers to the lake, including swimming, fishing, OHV, boating, and hiking. The lake can serve as a gateway into the Desolation Wilderness for hikers and horseback riders.

Loon Lake Campground has 65 sites, including 9 Equestrian Sites, 3 Group Sites, 3 RV sites for persons with disabilities, and 1 tent-only site. The remaining 49 sites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. While most sites can be reserved, some are first come, first served.

Adjacent to Loon Lake Campground is the boat ramp with an additional 15 RV or trailer camping sites (no tents). Those sites do not have tables or grills. They are first come, first served.

Loon Lake Campground Basics
Loon Lake Campground Location: South shore of Loon Lake, 29 miles north of Highway 50 via Ice House Road
Elevation: 6,400 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sacramento - 94 miles, 1:58
Campground Open: June through October
Number of Sites: 53 standard sites
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 Loon Lake Campground
Reservations recommended late-June through Labor Day
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 4 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 40 feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: #40, 47, 49 (all RV sites)
Fees: $28 per night
Reservations: Loon Lake Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Loon Lake Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water, food storage lockers
Showers: No
Dump Station: Yes
Campground Map: Loon Lake Campground Map
Attractions near Loon Lake Campground: Enjoy Loon Lake with a launch ramp, boating, fishing, and swimming. Go 4-wheeling on the Rubicon Jeep Trail. Hike into the Desolation Wilderness. Take equestrian trails in the Van Vleck area.

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.

Campsite at Loon Lake Equestrian Campground, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Loon Lake Equestrian Camp

Loon Lake Equestrian Camps

Loon Lake Campground includes 9 sites designated for campers with horses. These sites have 40-foot, pull-through trailer spaces. Each sites can accommodate up to 6 people. Tie lines are provided for horses. There is also a nearby group equestrian site for up to 25 people. See Equestrian Camping.
Fees: $28
Reservations: Loon Lake Campground Reservations

Loon Lake Group Camps

Loon Lake Campground includes 3 group campsites sites, 2 of which can accommodate up to 25 people with 8-10 vehicles and the third up to 50 people with 15 vehicles. One of the smaller group sites is accessible for those with disabilities. The smaller two group sites are made up of 6 individual sites with parking space, table, grill and fire ring. They have a central cooking and serving area.

The Large Group Site is closest to the lake. It contains 5 individual sites with parking spaces, grills, and fire ring.
Fees: Small group site - $130, Large group site - $160
Reservations: Loon Lake Campground Reservations

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