Red Fir Group Campground

Eldorado National Forest


Loon Lake


Red Fir Group Campground, Loon Lake, Crystal Basin, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Red Fir Group Campground

Eldorado National Forest Attractions

Visitors to Red Fir Group 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 Red Fir Group 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.

Red Fir Group Campground

Red Fir Group Campground has a forested setting a short distance from the north shore of Loon Lake in the Crystal Basin area of Eldorado National Forest. Limited to tents-only, the campground is a favorite with small groups up to 25 people who are seeking a scenic, out-of-the-way setting. Fishing, swimming, hiking, and boating are all close at hand.

Red Fir Group Campground has a group kitchen area. The vault toilet is accessible. Campers are asked to keep the campground gate closed to prevent others from wandering in by mistake.

Red Fir Group Campground Basics
Red Fir Group Campground Location: North shore of Loon Lake, 31 miles north of Highway 50 via Ice House Road
Elevation: 6,400 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sacramento - 96 miles, 2:02
Campground Open: mid-June through late-September
Number of Sites: 1
Max. People per Site: 25
Vehicles per Site: 6 ($5 for extra vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Pacific Ranger District: (530) 647-5415

Reservations for Red Fir Group Campground
Reservations required whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 4 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival.
Maximum Vehicle Length: No RVs or trailers permitted
Accessible Sites: Restroom and campsites are accessible
Fees: $35 per night
reservations: Red Fir Group Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Red Fir Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, fire ring
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: No
Dump Station: Nearby at Loon lake Campground
Campground Map: Red Fir Group Campground Map
Attractions near Red Fir Group 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.

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