Camino Cove Campground is a medium-sized remote campground on the shores of Union Valley Reservoir in California’s Eastern Sierras. Camino Cove 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.

Each of the campsites at Camino Cove Campground are shaded by tall pine trees and include a picnic table, fire ring, and access to a vault toilet. Reservations are not accepted for Camino Cove Campground; all campsites are first-come/first-served. There is a boat ramp accessible from the campground. Campfire restrictions may be in effect during fire seasons.

Camino Cove Campground Features

Campground Type: Primitive
Number of Campsites: 32 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: Yes – All Campsites have access to the rocky beach and water
RV/Trailer Length: N/A
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Possible service with Sprint and Verizon
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Memorial Day through October 1st

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 38.877544, -120.429527
Nearest City/Town: Pollock Pines, California
Elevation: 4900 Feet
Location: El Dorado County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes, to the campground entrance
Proximity to Stores: 25 Miles to Ice House Reservoir

Camino Cove Campground is located on northwest shore of Union Valley Reservoir, 17 miles from Highway 50. From Highway 50 go 7 miles north on Ice House Road. Turn left on Peavine Ridge Road, go 3 miles west to Bryant Springs Road, turn right, go 5 miles north past West Point boat ramp. Continue 1.5 miles east to campground turn-off on right.


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

When To Go

Summer – West Point Campground is often under used and available during the summer. The warm weather is great for relaxing on the beach next to the campground.

Chance of Rain
Tuesday 03/19 40%
High 62° / Low 40°
Chance of Rain
Cloudy early with showers for the afternoon hours. Thunder possible. High 62F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Wednesday 03/20 80%
High 47° / Low 36°
Showers early, becoming a steady rain later in the day. Thunder possible. High 47F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Mostly Cloudy
Thursday 03/21 20%
High 46° / Low 36°
Mostly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will become overcast in the afternoon. High 46F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of Rain
Friday 03/22 80%
High 48° / Low 37°
Chance of Rain
A mix of clouds and sun in the morning will give way to cloudy skies and light rain during the afternoon. High 48F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Chance of Rain
Saturday 03/23 40%
High 46° / Low 33°
Chance of Rain
Cloudy with occasional showers. High 46F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday 03/24 0%
High 55° / Low 40°
Sunshine and some clouds. High around 55F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

What To Do

Boating, Kayaking, & Canoeing – Union Valley Reservoir is directly accessible from Camino Cove Campground, and a boat ramp is located nearby at West Point Campground.

Relax on the beach – A great rocky beach is adjacent to the campground and is great for relaxing on.

Image Credits: Justin Wilson


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