Stumpy Meadows Campground is a family friendly place to camp in Eldorado National Forest on the shores of the same name as the campground. Stumpy Meadows Lake is a crystal clear lake that is situated at around 4,400 feet in elevation, with old stumps of ponderosa pines dotting its shores and visible within the lake. The stumps in the lake make good habitat for the brown and rainbow trout that are stocked in the lake, with fishing accessible from the shores, as well as by boat with the nearby boat ramp.
The campsites at Stumpy Meadows are large wide-open campsites shaded by huge ponderosa pine trees. Each campsite includes a fire ring, picnic table, and access to bathrooms.
Stumpy Meadows Campground – Bottom Line
Stumpy Meadows is a great camping destination, we really enjoyed camping here. We visited in the fall (October) timeframe and there were only a handful of other campsites occupied, but we could see Stumpy Meadows getting really busy in the peak summer camping season. Also, we have heard the bugs can be bad in June and July.
The campground has one main loop that provides good spacing for campsites, even those that are on the inside part of the loop, which at many campgrounds are the least private campsites. The spacing and campsites size, along with the abundance of trees, makes camping here a very secluded experience. Access to the lake is available from the campground via short trail walk, however, none of the campsites are actually on the lake or have views of the lake.
Finding a bad campsite at Stumpy Meadows was really hard, the campsites closest to the bathrooms were the least desirable, due to the noise created by them,. These campsites are 10, 21, 23, 25, 34-36, and 40. The best campsites at Stumpy Meadows Campground are 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 31, and 32.
Stumpy Meadows Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||40 Campsites|
|Cost:||Tent-only campsites $19/nightRV campsites $38/nightAdditional Vehicle Fee collected onsite|
|Dogs Allowed:||Yes – $2/pet/night fee collected onsite|
|Toilets:||Yes – Vault Toilets|
|RV/Trailer Length:||30 Feet|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Dump Station available – $6 Fee|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||April 15th – October 15th – Snowfall dependant|
|Other:||Several of the curves in this campground are very hard to maneuver with a trailer because they are lined with large pines; If you are an inexperienced driver, sites 3 – 16 are the easiest to access (5th wheels maneuver the road more easily than other trailers)|
|Geo Coordinates:||38.90417, -120.59167|
|Nearest City/Town:||Georgetown, California|
|Elevation:||Approximately 4400 Feet|
|Location:||El Dorado County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||Georgetown, CA is 17 miles away|
From Placerville take Hwy 49 N for 1/2 mile, turn right on Hwy 193 to Georgetown. Take a right on main street in Georgetown and proceed 15 miles to Stumpy Meadows Campground.From Auburn, Take Hwy 49 S to Cool, turn left on Hwy 193 to Georgetown, turn left on main street in Georgetown and proceed 15 miles to Stumpy Meadows Campground.
|Web:||Stumpy Meadows Campground Website||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Online Campsite Reservations|
When To Go
Fall – During fall the peak season crowds have all gone, but the weather is usually still warm at Stumpy Meadows, and you can avoid the aggressive bugs that can be present in the summer.
What To Do
Boating – There is a boat ramp within one mile of Stumpy Meadows Campground that can be used to launch small fishing boats, kayaks, and canoes. All boats are limited to a speed limit of 5 mph.
Fishing – With easy access to the lake from the campground, fishing can be done from the shore within a few mins walk from your campsite. The lake is stocked with brown and rainbow trout, with large brown trout available later in the season.
Hiking – Mountain Biking – Trails for hiking and biking are abundant and accessible from Stumpy Meadows Campground.
• Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park – The park is located in Coloma on Highway 49 between Placerville and Auburn.
Brewery – Cool Beerwerks – If you are a craft beer fan like we are, you like to visit breweries when you travel, so you will want to stop in the nearby town of Cool, CA to visit Cool Beerwerks.
Stumpy Meadows Campground Pictures