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

Campground Type: Primitive
Number of Campsites: 10 Campsites
Cost: Free
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: None
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None – Pack it out
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: N/A
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Memorial Day through October 1st

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 39.014164, -120.292721
Nearest City/Town: Pollock Pines, California
Elevation: 6400 Feet
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.


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

When To Go

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

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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

Image Credits: Marc Smith

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