Wench Creek Campground &
Group Campground

Eldorado National Forest

Union Valley Reservoir

Union Valley Reservoir, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Eldorado National Forest Attractions

Visitors to Wench Creek Campground at Union Valley Reservoir in the Eldorado National Forest find some wonderful outdoor adventures nearby.

  • 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 Wench Creek 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. To avoid the spread of invasive pests, obtain firewood locally.

Wench Creek Campground

Wench Creek Campground is on the northeast side of Union Valley Reservoir in the Crystal Basin area of the Eldorado National Forest. The family campground is separated into 3 loops spread through a Ponderosa pine forest. Nearby is a Group Camp with 2 sites which can accommodate up to 50 people each.

The main Wench Creek Campground has a tent-only sites as well as sites suitable for RVs, trailers, or tents. The paved bike trail along the shore of the reservoir connects Wench Creek Campground with other nearby campgrounds and popular beach and boating areas. A trail from the campground leads down to the lake.

Notice: Wench Creek Campground will be closed for renovations from May 2018 through June 2018.

Wench Creek Campground Basics
Wench Creek Campground Location: Northeast shore of Union Valley Reservoir, 15 miles north on Ice House Road off Highway 50
Elevation: 4,900 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sacramento - 82 miles, 1:45
Campground Open: Late-May through early September
Number of Sites: 100
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

Reservations available for Group Camps only; all others are first come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: 25 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Favorite Campsites: #17, 19, 20, 43, 69, 70, 71, 73, 79, 81, 82, 83, 84, 87, 90
Fees: $25 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Wench Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, food locker
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: Nearby at Fashoda Campground
Dump Station: Yellowjacket Campground
Campground Map: Wench Creek Campground Map
Attractions near Wench Creek Campground: Enjoy Union Valley Reservoir with fishing, boating, and water skiing. Set out on the Bike Trail, or the trail to summit of Two Peaks for great view of Union Valley. Hike the Bassi Falls Hiking Trail. Visit Ice House Reservoir and 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.

Wench Creek Group Camps

Wench Creek Group Campground is near the main family campground. At the group campground are 2 sites, one which is walk-in, tents-only and the other which accepts RVs, Trailers (up to 35') and tents. Either site can accommodate up to 50 people. The campgrounds each have restrooms with flush toilets, piped drinking water (about 100 yards away), 8 picnic tables, 1 serving table, 3 group pedestal grills, and 1 group fire ring.
Wench Creek Group Campground Map
Fees: $160 per night
Reservations: Wench Creek Group Camp Reservations

map of campgrounds at Unioin Valley Reservoir, including Wench Creek Campground,  Eldorado National Forest, CA


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