Northwind Campground is a small campground, with only 9 campsites, situated just above the shoreline of Ice House Lake. Northwind Campground is connected to the other campgrounds on Ice House Lake by a 3-mile long trail. The lake offers plenty of recreation for campers, including kayaking, hiking, and bass fishing. Northwind 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 9 campsites at Northwind Campground. All of the campsites include a picnic table, fire ring, and access to 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. All campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not accepted.
Northwind Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Organized, semi-primitive|
|Number of Campsites:||9 Campsites|
|Cost:||$10/night, $5/night/each additional vehicle|
|Toilets:||Yes – Vault Toilets|
|RV/Trailer Length:||40 Feet|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Late May through Mid-October|
|Geo Coordinates:||38.831592, -120.347926|
|Nearest City/Town:||Pollock Pines, California|
|Location:||El Dorado County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||Store located half a mile away at Ice House Campground|
Northwind Campground is located 23 miles east of Placerville on Highway 50 then 11 miles north on Ice House Road (Forest Road 3) then 2 miles east on Forest Road 32.
|Web:||Northwind Campground – Eldorado National Forest||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Not Accepted – First-come, first-served|
When To Go
Summer – The best time to go to Northwind Campground is during the summer.
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 Northwind Campground
Hiking – A variety of hiking trails are available around Northwind Campground