Northwind Campground

Eldorado National Forest

Ice House Reservoir

Campsite at Northwind Campground beside Ice House Reservoir, CA

Northwind 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

Northwind Campground

Northwind Campground is on the north shore of Ice House Reservoir in the Crystal Basin area of Eldorado National Forest. The small campground is set back a short distance from the lake's edge. Reach the campground by traveling 11 miles on Ice House Road off Highway 50 and then 2 miles on Forest Road 32.

All 9 sites at the campground can accommodate RVs, trailer, or tents. One is a double site. The campsites offer more privacy than at some of the other nearby campgrounds. However, there is no potable water. All sites are first come, first served.

Campground Basics
Location: North shore of Ice House Reservoir, 11 miles north on Ice House Road off Highway 50, then 2 miles on Forest Road 32
Elevation: 5,500 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sacramento - 80 miles, 1:40
Campground Open: Late-May through mid-October
Number of Sites: 9
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: 40 feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $10 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM,, 1:00 PM

Northwind Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump Station: Available at nearby Ice House Campground
Campground Map: Northwind Campground Map
Nearby attractions: 3.1-mile Ice House Bike Trail, boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming, hiking, trail to summit of Two Peaks for great view of Union Valley, Bassi Falls Hiking Trail, Union Valley 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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