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Attention:: Ponderosa Cove will open on schedule! Reservations are now available for the 2015 season. We are uncertain as to whether or not there will be water available on site. That will not be known until late April - early May when the system is turned on and the water tested. We will provide updates on the water situation as we have them for those who book now. Please check back here for updates or contact staff at 800-342-2267.

PONDEROSA COVE CAMPGROUND, CA

part ofEldorado National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: PONDEROSA COVE CAMPGROUND
Status: Closed through Thu May 07 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Ponderosa Cove greets group campers with shaded campsites close to scenic Stumpy Meadows Reservoir. The campground provides a pleasant destination for bird watching and nature viewing, in addition to activities at the lake.

Natural Features:

Ponderosa Pine, the namesake of the campground, is known for its wonderful sweet vanilla aroma and its massive height. The campground sits east of the dam, just opposite the road from the Stumpy Meadows Lake, at an elevation of 4,400 feet. The lake sits in the foothills of the rugged Sierra Nevada high country of California.

In the Eldorado National Forest, the climate is similar to that of the Mediterranean with warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters.

Recreation:

Enjoy a picnic in the campground, or head to another picnic area at Stumpy Meadows Boat Ramp. The reservoir is great for swimming and fishing for brown and rainbow trout. Boating is also popular, but this is a no-wake lake.

Facilities:

The campground can accommodate up to 75 guests along a single loop of campsites. Five parking spurs can be used for RVs and trailers. Each of these spurs has a picnic table. Ten walk-to tent pads are provided, and parking for these requires parallel parking on the loop. Vault toilets and two water faucets are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Eldorado National Forest boasts over 400 miles of hiking trails, so hikers have plenty of options to explore. Take a drive on the El Dorado County Scenic Highway or visit the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Grills
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Use only dead and down wood for campfires
  • A per day fee for both pets and extra vehicles will be collected on site.
  • A fee will be collected for campers and vehicles above the specified limit
  • Click here for more information on the Eldorado National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.87417, -120.60278
38°52'27"N, 120°36'10"W

From Placerville take Highway 49N a half-mile and turn right on Highway 193 to Georgetown. Take a right on Main Street in Georgetown and drive about 14 miles to the campground. Ponderosa Cove is north of the Stumpy Boat Ramp.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PONDEROSA COVE CAMPGROUND

  CA 

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)333-4312
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