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SILVER CREEK GROUP CAMPGROUND, CA

part ofEldorado National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: SILVER CREEK GROUP CAMPGROUND
Status: Closed through Thu May 21 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Silver Creek, located in the Crystal Basin area, offers a fun atmosphere with beautiful scenery for group gatherings. The Ice House Reservoir is less than 2 miles away, providing fun options for motor boating, jet skiing and more.

Eldorado National Forest includes the famed gold mining territory of the 1800s. Remnants of the days of the California Gold Rush are all around the region.

Natural Features:

Silver Creek sits under canopy of conifers like the ponderosa pine. The South Fork Silver Creek runs through the southern end of the campground, providing a peaceful soundtrack with its gently flowing water.

The Eldorado Forest is in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, an area known for granite peaks, alpine lakes and pine forest.

An abundance of wildlife can be found within the Sierra Nevada Range, including black bears, mule deer, bobcat, gray fox, bighorn sheep, pikas, martens and a variety of squirrels. Several species of reptiles, amphibians and birds also inhabit the area.

Recreation:

Swimming and fishing are both excellent recreation options on the creek. Rainbow and brown trout are found in these waters.

The nearby Ice House Campground is convenient for access to Ice House Reservoir. Here, campers can swim, sunbathe, canoe or go water skiing. Hikers and mountain bikers can also find trails in the area.

Facilities:

No drinking water is available, so bring water or use properly boiled stream water. The group site can accommodate 40 guests for tent camping. The sites include 9 walk-to units and 4 sites with parking spurs.

There is a central kitchen area for cooking. Here, there is one large group fire ring. This is the only fire ring at the site. Parking is only in the parking lot (more campground details).

A dump station is provided at nearby Ice House Campground, and showers are at Fashoda Campground.

Nearby Attractions:

The Desolation Wilderness is nearby, offering the opportunity to get away from the crowds and enjoy the serenity of nature.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Dump Station
  • Hiking
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Showers
  • Trails
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • Fire restrictions may be enforced; call (530) 644-6048 for local information and conditions
  • Drinking water is not available at this campground
  • Bears frequent the area. Food must be stored in hard-sided vehicles
  • Entrance gates are locked; call (530) 293-0827 from 8am - 5pm to arrange entry
  • There are no electric site hook-ups at this facility
  • Limit 12 vehicles; a fee will be charged for additional vehicles
  • Use only dead and down wood for campfires
  • Tent camping only
  • For more information on Eldorado National Forest, click here
  • 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):
38.82694, -120.39
38°49'37"N, 120°23'24"W

Travel 23 miles east of Placerville on Highway 50. Turn north and travel 9 miles on Forest Road 3 (Ice House Road). Look for signs to Silver Creek Campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SILVER CREEK GROUP CAMPGROUND
PACIFIC RANGER STATION
POLLOCK PINES  CA  95726

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)293-0827
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