Sly Park Campground is operated by the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID). The Sly Park facility is off Sly Park Road, south of Highway 50. Hiking and equestrian trails lead off into the adjacent Eldorado National Forest. On 640-acre Jenkinson Lake visitors enjoy water skiing, wake boarding, fishing, and sailing. Jet skis are not allowed.
Sly Park Campground is divided into 9 camps along the north shore. Some premium sites are lakefront while others may be as many as 300 yards from the shore. All have good amenities. Sly Park also has Youth Camps, Group Camps, and an Equestrian Camp.
A two-night minimum stay is required for weekends, and 3 nights on holiday weekends. Reservations for individual campsites can be made up to 14 months in advance and for group sites, 2 years in advance. First-come, first serve sites are often available.
Enjoy hiking, mountain bike, and equestrian trails. Visit the marina for summer rentals of kayaks, paddleboards, pedal boats, and canoes. A launch ramp is available. Fishing, boating, and water skiing are popular. Nearby find Apple Hill and wineries.
Sly Park Campground Etiquette (partial list)
Protect the environment. Do not put nails in trees, cut live trees, gather dead wood, or pick wildflowers.
Clean your campsite before you leave, including grill and firepit.
Swim within the buoy line and no farther than 150 feet offshore.
Dogs are not allowed at the public swimming area or in the water.
Babies in diapers are not allowed in the lake.
Black Oak Equestrian Camp
Black Oak Equestrian Camp is located on Mormon-Emigrant Trail Road, near Sly Park Road. The campground is for those with horses. Trailer sites have room for only one trailer. Campground amenities include picnic table, BBQ, fire ring, some portable corrals, and hitching posts.
Equestrian Camp Map Fees: summer - $40 per night, winter - $25
Reservations: Black Oak Equestrian Camp Reservations
Sly Park Group Camps
Sly Park has 6 group areas located on a peninsula near the dam. Camp amenities include fire ring, BBQ, picnic tables, piped water, vault toilets, and horseshoe pits. Campers at these sites have access to the lake and a dock. A 2-night minimum is required on weekends, and 3 nights on holiday weekends. Reservations can be made up to 2 years in advance.
Four of the group camps can accommodate up to 50 people. Each camp has different numbers and types of vehicles which they allow. Check the information on the reservation website for details. Camp #6 is a walk-in, tents-only site for up to 40 people.
Group Camps Map Fees: $275 - $330 per night
Reservations: Sly Park Reservations
Sly Park Youth Camps
Scout Hill is for organized youth groups up to 100 people. It is located on 40-acres of forest land with lake views. It is walk-in, tent-only camping.
Fees: $4 per person, per night
Reservations: Scout Hill Reservations