Airport Flat Campground is a small pine covered campground in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains near Gerle Creek Reservoir. There are 16 large campsites at Airport Flat Campground that can accomodate between 15-25 people per campsites. Airport Flat Campground is maintained as part of the larger Crystal Basin Recreation Area, which is a partnership between the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and the US Forest Service.

All of the campsites at Airport Flat are shaded by pine trees and include a picnic table, fire ring, and access to a vault toilet. Reservations are not accepted for Airport Flat Campground; all campsites are first-come/first-served. Campfire restrictions may be in effect during fire seasons.

Airport Flat Campground Features

Campground Type: Primitive
Number of Campsites: 16 Campsites
Cost: Free
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilets
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: N/A
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Memorial Day through October 1st

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 38.985241, -120.379464
Nearest City/Town: Pollock Pines, California
Elevation: 5300 Feet
Location: El Dorado County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes, to the campground entrance
Proximity to Stores: 15 Miles to Loon Lake

Airport Flat Campground is located 23 miles east of Placerville on Highway 50 then 24 miles north on Ice House Road (Forest Road 3), and 3 miles north on Forest Road 33.


Phone: 530-647-5415 Facebook:
Web: Airport Flat Campground – Eldorado NF Twitter:
Reservations: Not Accepted

When To Go

Summer – Airport Flat Campground is best during the summer.

Saturday 12/15 0%
High 57° / Low 40°
A few clouds. Lows overnight in the low 40s.
Sunday 12/16 90%
High 50° / Low 38°
Cloudy with occasional rain in the afternoon. High around 50F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
Partly Cloudy
Monday 12/17 20%
High 45° / Low 38°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. Slight chance of a rain shower. High around 45F. Winds light and variable.
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday 12/18 0%
High 49° / Low 40°
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 49F. Winds light and variable.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 12/19 0%
High 58° / Low 42°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. High 58F. Winds light and variable.
Thursday 12/20 0%
High 57° / Low 43°
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 57F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

What To Do

Boating, Kayaking, & Canoeing – Gerle Creek Reservoir and Loon Lake are not far from Airport Flat Campground.

4-Wheeling, OHV Driving – The Rubicon Trail and other OHV trails are accessible from the area around Airport Flat Campground

Image Credits: Justin Wilson


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