South Fork Group Campground

Eldorado National Forest

South Fork Group Campground

South Fork Group Campground, Eldorado National Forest, CA

South Fork Group 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

South Fork Group Campground

South Fork Group Campground has room for up to 125 people at its remote site between Union Valley Reservoir and Loon Lake in the Crystal Basin area of the Eldorado National Forest. Nearby Gerle Creek Reservoir is a wonderful place for non-motorized boating, swimming, and fishing.

A central cooking area is provided with food preparation tables and double grills. At each of 25 camping areas that make up the group site are campfire rings and grills. The campground has no potable water, so campers are advised to filter or boil stream water. The combination to the gate lock for the campground is given after reservations are made.

Camping areas #1-3 and 6-25 are designated as accessible sites. If no members of your group are disabled, then you are asked to refrain from using the sites unless all other sites are filled.

Reach the campground by driving 23 miles on Ice House Road and then turning left on Forest Road 13N28 for ½ mile.

Campground Basics
Location: 23 miles north on Ice House Road off Highway 40, then ½ mile on Forest Road 13N28
Elevation: 5,200 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sacramento - 89 miles, 1:55
Campground Open: mid-June through mid-September
Number of Sites: 1
Max. People per Site: 125
Vehicles per Site: 20
Pets: On leash, always attended
Pacific Ranger District: (530) 647-5415

Reservations required whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 4 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 50 feet
Accessible Sites: #1-3 and 6-25
Fees: $100 per night
reservations: South Fork Group Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

South Fork Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, fire ring
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: South Fork Group Campground Map
Nearby attractions: Gerle Reservoir with non-motorized boating, swimming, fishing; Loon Lake with launch ramp, boating, fishing, and swimming; Union Valley Reservoir with boating, fishing, swimming; Desolation Wilderness, 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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