Fashoda Campground is a small, organized, walk-in campground located on the eastern side of a peninsula on Union Valley Reservoir in California’s El Dorado National Forest. Fashoda Campground is located on a slight slope extending down from the main parking lot down to the beach at Union Valley Reservoir, with all of the campsites organized along two main drivable loops. The paved loops provide access to the campsites for loading and unloading only, there is no parking within the campground.
The campground, like the other 11 campgrounds that surround Union Valley Reservoir, is managed jointly by the National Forest Service and the Sacramento Utility Management District (SMUD). Union Valley Reservoir offers great access to boating, kayaking, swimming, and has some great rocky beach for relaxing on.
Fashoda Campground has 30 walk-in campsites, all of which are covered by a fairly thick pine canopy. Each of the campsites at Fashoda include food lockers, a picnic table, fire ring, and access bathrooms with showers. California Campfire Permits are required for all campfires.
Fashoda Campground – Bottom Line
Fashoda is an interesting campground, in that it is all walk-in, with a main parking lot that is up and away from the campsites. In fact this is only the second campground that we have run into that is situated like this. The other is Wastahi Campground at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Wastahi arguably a more private campground than Fashoda, but it lacks the water and beach access that is offered here. Privacy is a luxury at Fashoda Campground. Most campsites are right next to each other, right off the two main driving loops or along one of a few walking trails that lead through the campground from the parking lot down to the beach. There are almost no barriers between campsites, making it easy for you to see and hear your neighboring campsites.
For our money, if we were going to do a walk-in campground on Union Valley Reservoir, we would skip Fashoda Campground, and go over to Lone Rock Campground. You actually have to walk your gear a quarter mile into Lone Rock, but the privacy and direct beach access it worth it. Oh, and Lone Rock Campground is free.
Fashoda Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||30 Campsites|
|Cost:||$22/night + $9 reservation fee|
|Cell Phone Service:||Possible – Sprint and Verizon|
|Operating Season:||Memorial Day through October 1st|
|Other:||Boat Ramp near entrance of Fashoda Campground|
|Geo Coordinates:||38.868579, -120.396706|
|Nearest City/Town:||Pollock Pines, California|
|Location:||El Dorado County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||25 Miles to Ice House Reservoir|
From US Highway 50, east of Placerville, travel for 21 miles to Ice House Road turnoff on your left. Continue north for 15 miles to the turn off for Sunset & Fashoda Campgrounds on your left. Follow the road to Fashoda Campground on your right about half a mile down.
Maps & Brochures
|Web:||Fashoda Campground Website||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Online Campsite Reservations|
When To Go
Summer – Unlike many campgrounds in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Fashoda Campground is often under used and available during the summer. The warm weather is great for relaxing on the beach next to the campground.
What To Do
Boating, Kayaking, & Canoeing – Union Valley Reservoir is directly accessible from Fashoda Campground, and the boat ramp is less than a mile away from the campground.
Hiking – Mountain Biking – Union Valley Bike Trail is not far from Fashoda Campground and connects several of the campgrounds around the reservoir.
Relax on the beach – A great rocky beach is adjacent to the campground and is great for relaxing on.
Fashoda Campground Pictures
Image Credits: Justin Wilson