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part ofEldorado National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Mon Sep 07 2015   Season Dates


Wolf Creek Campground is a modern facility on the north shore of Union Valley Reservoir. The reservoir offers plenty of opportunities for water activities like sailing, boating, swimming and fishing. Bring a bike to explore the neighboring bike trail.

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:

At an elevation of 4,900 feet, Wolf Creek sits in the Crystal Basin of the Sierra Nevadas. This is an area known for granite peaks, alpine lakes and pine forest.

The climate is similar to that of the Mediterranean with warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters.

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.


The paved Union Valley Bike Trail spans 4.8 miles with an easy climb of 300 feet. The trail connects campgrounds on the east side of the lake, starting from Wench Creek on down to Jones Fork Campground. Interpretive signs along the trail tell the story of the use and development of water resources in Union Valley. This trail can be used by both hikers and bikers.

Anglers seek rainbow, brown and mackinaw trout or kokanee salmon. The reservoir also offers opportunities for swimming, water skiing and boating. The nearest boat ramp is at Yellowjacket Campground.


Sites in this 2-loop campground come with picnic tables, campfire rings and bear-proof food storage lockers. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

Single, double and group campsites for up to 25 or 50 guests are all reservable. Some sites are tent-only.

A host is on-site, and firewood may be available for a fee (more campground details).

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
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Self Pay Station
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Spigot
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Ramp
  • Dump Station
Know Before You Go
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of site in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle, and remove all food from area after eating
  • There are no electric site hook-ups at this facility
  • This campground has first-come, first-serve sites
  • There is a per day per pet fee that is collected at the campground
  • The number of vehicles included with the price of the sites has changed to 1 for single and 2 for double sites; there is a fee for additional vehicles
  • A trailer or RV plus a tow vehicle counts as the 2 vehicle maximum even though it is allowed with the price of the site
  • 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):
38.88306, -120.4
38°52'59"N, 120°24'0"W

From Placerville, get on Highway 50 and head east for 21 miles to Icehouse Road. Turn left 21 miles to turnoff. Then go three-quarters of a mile to campground.

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Information:  (530)293-0827
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