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
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilets
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: 40 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Late May through Mid-October

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 38.831592, -120.347926
Nearest City/Town: Pollock Pines, California
Elevation: 5500 Feet
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.


Phone: 530-647-5415 Facebook:
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.

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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

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