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Attention: At this time, no water is available at the Wrights Lake Campground and Wrights Lake Equestrian Campground. Visitors must bring water from home.

The Wrights Lake Campground and Equestrian Campground will close on October 19, 2014 for the season.

WRIGHTS LAKE, CA

part ofEldorado National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: WRIGHTS LAKE
Status: Closed through Thu Jul 09 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Wrights Lake Campground is situated in the timber belt, close to the lake shore, looking up at the majestic rocky peaks of the Sierra Nevadas and Desolation Wilderness. The area is well-known for its hiking, wildflowers and birding.

Natural Features:

At nearly 7,000 feet in elevation, the campground is surrounded by pine and fir trees with a grassy understory. Wildflowers bloom throughout the spring and summer seasons.

Some sites are nestled among giant boulders, providing privacy for campers. The campground is close to Wrights Lake, a 40-acre body of water popular for its serene and quiet atmosphere.

Recreation:

The campground provides access to the lake, where visitors enjoy trout fishing, swimming and boating activities. Motorboats are prohibited in the area.

Hikers will enjoy access to multiple foot and horseback riding trails within 5 miles of the campground. Various trailheads, including Bloodsucker, Rockbound and Twin Lakes trails, provide access to Desolation Wilderness.

Educational programs are offered at the amphitheater, and mountain biking and off-road vehicle use is popular on Barrett Lake Jeep trail. Wilderness permits for day hiking are available at the trailheads, and overnight hiking permits are available at Pacific Ranger Station.

Facilities:

The campground offers dozens of campsites for tent, RV and equestrian camping. Several sites offer sweeping views of Wrights Lake.

Each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills, and firewood can be gathered in the area. Accessible vault toilets. A camp host is available during the daytime.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach Access
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian Camping
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
  • Cancellations must be made four days prior to the start of your reservation for a refund to be considered. Refund requests must be made through Recreation.gov; No refund requests will be processed on site.
  • Bears frequent the area; use appropriate food containers.
  • Equestrian sites must have at least one horse per site; horses are only allowed in the equestrian loop and on trails marked for equestrian use.
  • Only equestrian campsites are available first-come, first-serve during the reservation season (all other campsites require a reservation).
  • Additional fees apply for extra vehicles.
    • 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):
    38.84944, -120.23111
    38°50'58"N, 120°13'52"W

    Take Highway 50 east of Placerville, California, for 11 miles. Turn left onto Ice House Road and continue for 9 miles, then turn right onto Wrights Lake tie road. After 2 miles, turn left onto Wrights Lake Road.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    WRIGHTS LAKE
    ELDORADO
      CA 

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (530)647-5415
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