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part ofEldorado National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Wed Jun 17 2015   Season Dates


South Fork is the largest group campground in the Crystal Basin Recreation Area, nestled in the vast expanse of the Eldorado National Forest. The remote location affords visitors a true outdoor camping experience.

Natural Features:

Situated at an elevation of 5,200 feet, the campground sits between the Union Valley Reservoir and Loon Lake.

It is also just minutes away from Gerle Creek Reservoir, a serene mountain lake where motorized boating is prohibited in order to preserve a peaceful and quiet atmosphere for visitors.


With the South Fork of the Rubicon River located within walking distance, the group camp provides excellent fishing, swimming and other water sports and activities.


While the campground can be used as a single group site that can accommodate up to 125 guests, it can also be reserved as multiple single-family sites.

A group cooking area with food preparation tables and double grills is available, as well as campfire rings with grills at each site. Vault toilets are provided, however, drinking water is not available at the campground. Visitors can boil stream water or fill up at nearby boat ramps. A parking area is also available.

Nearby Attractions:

Swimming and non-motorized boating are available at Gerle Creek Reservoir, 5 miles north of the campground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Dump Station
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Restaurant
Know Before You Go
  • This facility does not have water or electricity
  • Bears frequent the area; use appropriate food containers
  • Gates remained closed and locked; combination is given after reservation is made
  • Off-road vehicles not permitted in the campground
  • Golden Passports do not apply to group camps
  • Fires are restricted to existing metal campfire rings only
  • Vehicles must be parked in designated graveled spurs
  • For local information, call Eldorado National Forest at 530-644-6048
  • 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):
38.76, -120.52056
38°45'36"N, 120°31'14"W

Travel 21 miles east from Placerville on Highway 50 and turn left on the Ice House Road. Go 25 miles north and turn left on South Fork Road. The campground is a mile from the turn-off, on the right side of the road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

7887 HIGHWAY 50

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)647-5415
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