Pleasant Boat-in Campground

Eldorado National Forest

Loon Lake

Pleasant Boat-in Camp, Loon Lake, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Pleasant Boat-in Campground from across Loon Lake

Eldorado National Forest Attractions

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

  • Take in the scenery of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and rushing mountain streams.
  • 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.
  • Try fishing in all the lakes and streams in the Crystal Basin.
  • Enjoy boating and water skiing on Crystal Basin lakes.

Places to Visit

  • 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.
  • Explore the Crystal Basin, including stunningly beautiful Wrights Lake.

Key Pleasant Boat-in 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. Dispose of human waste properly. Check the Eldorado National Forest website for guidelines.

Pleasant Boat-in Campground

Pleasant Boat-in Campground sits on the east shore of Loon Lake in the Crystal Basin area of Eldorado National Forest. The campground may be used by boaters or hikers. No roads connect to the campground. Campers at the site must boat from the Loon Lake Launch Ramp or hike about 4 miles from the trailhead. Since there is no potable water available, those coming by boat should bring water with them. Hikers should have a proper water filter.

There are now restrooms at Pleasant Boat-in Campground. New restrooms were installed in spring 2018.

Pleasant Boat-in Campground Basics
Pleasant Boat-in Campground Location: East shore of Loon Lake, 29 miles north of Highway 50 via Ice House Road to boat launch ramp or trailhead by Loon Lake Campground, then 4 miles by trail
Elevation: 6,400 feet
Miles/Driving time to Loon Lake Launch Ramp: Sacramento - 94 miles, 1:58
Campground Open: mid-June through late-September
Number of Sites: 10
Max. People per Site: 6
Pets: On leash, always attended
Pacific Ranger District: (530) 647-5415

No Reservations First come, first served
Accessible Sites: None
Fees: None
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Pleasant Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, fire ring
Campground: restrooms (2018), no potable water
Showers: No
Dump Station: Nearby at Loon lake Campground
Campground Map: Pleasant Boat-in Campground Map
Attractions near Pleasant Boat-in Campground: Enjoy Loon Lake with a launch ramp, boating, fishing, and swimming. Visit the Rubicon Jeep Trail. Hike into the Desolation Wilderness. Horseback riders follow the equestrian trails in the Van Vleck area.

Loon Lake campground map, Eldorado National Forest, CA

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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