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.
Loon Lake Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||53 Campsites|
|Cost:||$22/night for single sites, $44/night for double sites, $7/night/each additional vehicle|
|Toilets:||Yes – Vault Toilets|
|RV/Trailer Length:||40-50 Feet|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||June through October 1st|
|Geo Coordinates:||38.980703, -120.316357|
|Nearest City/Town:||Pollock Pines, California|
|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.
|Web:||Loon Lake Campground – Eldorado NF||Twitter:|
When To Go
Summer – The best time to go to Loon Lake Campground is during the summer.
Monday 10/15 0%
High 62° / Low 39°
Sunny. Gusty winds diminishing during the afternoon. High 62F. Winds E at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Tuesday 10/16 0%
High 64° / Low 40°
A mainly sunny sky. High 64F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday 10/17 0%
High 66° / Low 39°
Sunny skies. High 66F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday 10/18 0%
High 67° / Low 43°
A mainly sunny sky. High 67F. Winds light and variable.
Friday 10/19 0%
High 69° / Low 45°
Sunny. High 69F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday 10/20 0%
High 68° / Low 42°
Mainly sunny. High 68F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
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