Ice House Campground is a large campground on a the shores of the lake of the same name, that is popular for bass fishing and hiking. A nearly 3-mile long hiking trail connects the campgrounds on Ice House Lake. Ice House Lake 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.

There are 83 campsites at Ice House Campground. All of the campsites include a picnic table, fire ring, access to drinking water, and a vault toilet. A dump station and boat ramp are available at Ice House Campground. A free California Campfire Permit is required for campfires. Permits can be picked up at an Eldorado National Forest office.

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Ice House Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 83 Campsites
Cost: $22/night for single sites, $44/night for double sites, $7/night/each additional vehicle
Use Level: Medium-High
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
RV/Trailer Length: 30 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Late May through Mid-October

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 38.832236, -120.358054
Nearest City/Town: Pollock Pines, California
Elevation: 5500 Feet
Location: El Dorado County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: Store located onsite

Ice House Campground is located 23 miles east of Placerville on Highway 50 then 11 miles north on Ice House Road (Forest Road 3) then 1.5 miles east on Forest Road 32.


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

When To Go

Summer – The best time to go to Ice House Campground is during the summer.

Friday 08/17 0%
Clear. Lows overnight in the low 50s.
Saturday 08/18 0%
High 84° / Low 54°
Sunny skies. High 84F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday 08/19 0%
High 85° / Low 55°
Mainly sunny. High near 85F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Monday 08/20 0%
High 82° / Low 56°
Partly Cloudy
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 82F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday 08/21 0%
High 80° / Low 53°
Sunny. High around 80F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday 08/22 0%
High 80° / Low 53°
Mainly sunny. High around 80F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

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What To Do

Boating, Wind Surfing, Kayaking, & Canoeing – Ice House Reservoir is directly accessible from the campground, a boat ramp is available.

4-Wheeling, OHV Driving – The Rubicon Trail and other OHV trails are accessible nearby Ice House Campground

Hiking – A variety of hiking trails are available around Ice House Campground

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