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.

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Saturday 12/15 0%
High 57° / Low 42°
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Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the low 40s.
Sunday 12/16 90%
High 50° / Low 39°
Cloudy with occasional rain in the afternoon. High around 50F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
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Monday 12/17 20%
High 45° / Low 38°
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Partly cloudy skies. Slight chance of a rain shower. High around 45F. Winds light and variable.
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Tuesday 12/18 0%
High 49° / Low 41°
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Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 49F. Winds light and variable.
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Wednesday 12/19 0%
High 58° / Low 43°
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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 – 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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