Northshore Campground is a small, rustic waterfront RV and tent campground on Loon Lake in Eldorado National Forest. The campground itself has few amenities, with other amenities such as camp supplies and a boat ramp located nearby at Loon Lake Campground at the south end of the lake. Like the other campgrounds on Loon Lake, Northshore Campground’s landscape is dominated by granite rock dotted with tall pines.

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 15 campsites at Northshore Campground. All of the campsites include a picnic table and fire ring, and access to a vault toilet. There is no drinking water available at Northshore Campground. Reservations are not accepted for Pleasant Campground; all campsites are first-come/first-served. A free California Campfire Permit is required for campfires. Permits can be picked up at an Eldorado National Forest office.

Northshore Campground Features

Campground Type: Primitive
Number of Campsites: 15 Campsites
Cost: $10/night, $5/night/each additional vehicle
Use Level: Medium-High
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilets
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None – Pack it out
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: 35 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: June through October 1st

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 38.998791, -120.317995
Nearest City/Town: Pollock Pines, California
Elevation: 6400 Feet
Location: El Dorado County, California
Paved Road Access: None
Proximity to Stores: 2 Miles to Loon Lake Campground

Northshore Campground is 23 miles east of Placerville on Highway 50 and 31 miles north on Ice House Road (Forest Road 3), take the Loon Lake fork.


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

Be Sure to Bring

When To Go

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

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What To Do

Kayaking, & Canoeing – Loon Lake is directly accessible from Northshore Campground, a boat ramp is available at Loon Lake Campground

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

Image Credits: Marc Smith

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