Pleasant Campground is a free hike-in or boat-in campground on the shores of Loon Lake in Eldorado National Forest. The campground is only accessible via the Loon Lake Trailhead or boat. Like many of the campgrounds around Loon Lake, Pleasant Campground is granite rock landscape, with only a handful of trees for shade, but scenic vistas of the lake and surrounding granite domes.
Pleasant 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 10 campsites at Pleasant Campground. All of the campsites include a picnic table and fire ring. There are no restrooms or drinking water available at Pleasant Campground. Reservations are not accepted for Pleasant Campground; all campsites are first-come/first-served. A wilderness permit is required for overnight camping, and a free California Campfire Permit is required for campfires. Both of these permits can be picked up at an Eldorado National Forest office.
Pleasant Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||10 Campsites|
|Trash/Dumpsters:||None – Pack it out|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Memorial Day through October 1st|
|Geo Coordinates:||39.014164, -120.292721|
|Nearest City/Town:||Pollock Pines, California|
|Location:||El Dorado County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||None|
|Proximity to Stores:||4 miles by foot, or 3 miles by boat|
Pleasant Campground is 23 miles east of Placerville on Highway 50 and 29 miles north on Forest Ice House Road (Forest Road 3), and 4 miles east by foot trail or 3 miles by boat access across Loon Lake.
|Web:||Pleasant Campground – Eldorado NF||Twitter:|
When To Go
Summer – The best time to go to Pleasant Campground is during the summer.
What To Do
Boating, Kayaking, & Canoeing – Loon Lake is directly accessible from Pleasant Campground
4-Wheeling, OHV Driving – The Rubicon Trail and other OHV trails are accessible from the area around Pleasant Campground