Wench Creek Campground is located high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, on the rocky northeast shore of Union Valley Reservoir. Wench Creek is one of dozens of pine covered campgrounds in Eldorado National Forest managed as a partnership between the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and the National Forest Service. The management area is known as Crystal Basin Recreation Area, which encompasses a large area east of Sacramento.

There are 100 campsites for tent and RV camping at Wench Creek Campground. Fire rings, food lockers, drinking water, picnic tables, and access to vault toilets is provided. Activities at Wench Creek Campground include boating, kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking.

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Wench Creek Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 100 Campsites
Cost: $25/night, $7/night/extra vehicle fee
Use Level: Medium-High
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilets & Flush Toilets
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: Not Defined
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Possible, but spotty
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Memorial Day through Early September

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 38.887706, -120.37343
Nearest City/Town: Pollock Pines, California
Elevation: 4900 Feet
Location: Eldorado County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 8 Miles to Ice House Reservoir
Directions: Wench Creek Campground is 23 miles east of Placerville on Highway 50 and 15 miles north on Ice House Road (Forest Road 3) on the east side of Union Valley Reservoir.


Phone: 530-647-5415 Facebook:
Web: Eldorado National Forest Twitter:
Reservations: Reserve America

When To Go

Summer – The campgrounds at Union Valley Reservoir, including Wench Creek Campground, are often under utilized in the spring and early summer, compared to other campgrounds in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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What To Do

Boating, Kayaking, & Canoeing – Union Valley Reservoir is directly accessible from Wench Creek Campground, and the boat ramp is less than a mile away from the campground.

Hiking – Mountain Biking – Union Valley Bike Trail runs through Wench Creek Campground.

Relax on the beach – A great rocky beach is adjacent to the campground and is great for relaxing on.

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Image Credits:  Justin Wilson

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