Loon Lake Campground is the largest and most popular of the campgrounds on Loon Lake, and offers access to a variety of recreation. The campground has more amenities than the other campgrounds on the lake, with a boat ramp, drinking water, and the availability of basic supplies for purchase. The campground is dotted with tall pines on the granite landscape.

The lake is a popular fishing and wind surfing destination. A hiking trail that circles the lake is accessible from the campground. Four-wheeling is also a popular activity in the area, with the well-known Rubicon Trail nearby.

Northshore 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 53 campsites at Loon Lake Campground. All of the campsites include a picnic table, bear box, fire ring, access to drinking water, and a vault toilet. A free California Campfire Permit is required for campfires. Permits can be picked up at an Eldorado National Forest office.

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Loon Lake Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 53 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: 40-50 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: June through October 1st

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 38.980703, -120.316357
Nearest City/Town: Pollock Pines, California
Elevation: 6500 Feet
Location: El Dorado County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: Store located onsite

Loon Lake Campground is located 23 miles east of Placerville on Highway 50 and 29 miles north on Ice House Road (Forest Road 3) on the south side of Loon Lake.


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

When To Go

Summer – The best time to go to Loon Lake Campground is during the summer.

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What To Do

Boating, Wind Surfing, Kayaking, & Canoeing – Loon Lake is directly accessible from the campground, a boat ramp is available.

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

Hiking – A nice day hiking trail runs through the campground and circles Loon Lake

Image Credits: Vince

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