Gerle Creek Campground is a medium-sized, developed campground on the shore of Gerle Creek Reservoir, in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. There are 50 lodgepole pine shaded campsites at Gerle Creek Campground with beach access on the reservoir. Gerle Creek 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 Gerle Creek Campground include a picnic table, drinking water, fire ring, and access to a vault toilet.

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Gerle Creek Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 50 Campsites
Cost: $22/ single site, $44/ double site – Additional fees for pets & additional vehicles
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilets
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes – Gerle Creek Divide Reservoir is nearby
RV/Trailer Length: Not Defined
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: June 15th through October 1st

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 38.975440, -120.394058
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
Directions: Campground located on Gerle Creek Reservoir in the Crystal Basin about 27 miles north of Highway 50 via Ice House Road (Primary Forest Route 3). Where Ice House Road forks to go to Loon Lake or Gerle Creek Campground, take the Gerle Creek branch.


Phone: 530-647-5415 Facebook:
Web: Gerle Creek Campground – Eldorado NF Twitter:
Reservations: Reserve America

When To Go

Summer – Gerle Creek Campground is best during the summer.

Monday 10/15 0%
High 70° / Low 48°
Sunny skies. High around 70F. Winds ESE at 15 to 25 mph, becoming WNW and decreasing to 5 to 10 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Tuesday 10/16 0%
High 71° / Low 47°
Mainly sunny. High 71F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday 10/17 0%
High 68° / Low 45°
Mainly sunny. High 68F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday 10/18 0%
High 70° / Low 49°
Sunny. High around 70F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 10/19 0%
High 73° / Low 53°
Mainly sunny. High 73F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday 10/20 0%
High 73° / Low 50°
Mainly sunny. High 73F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

What To Do

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

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

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Image Credits: Gerle Creek Campground

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