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.
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.
Monday 08/20 0%
High 82° / Low 56°
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.
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