Finnon Lake Recreation Area

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Finnon Reservoir Road Placerville, CA 95667 530-409-5515 Official Website

GPS: 38.799, -120.752

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Overview of Finnon Lake Recreation Area

Number of Sites 10

Reservations yes

Elevation 2,395 ft / 729 m

Max Length 25 ft

Tent Camping Yes

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Verizon 4G
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 10/19/2021
26' Outdoors RV 20SK
Ford F150
5 reviews
“Challenging Access, Pleasant Out-of-the-Way Peaceful Lakeside Camping”

Reviewed 10/19/2021

Nightly rate: $30
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: B-6
Overall Rating

This is a very pleasant campground located next to a small reservoir. It is owned and managed by the Mosquito Volunteer Fire Association. We were camping with friends who found the site via HipCamp, which gives it very good ratings. Highlights include stargazing (Jupiter was spectacular and Saturn very good during our visit), and a nesting pair of bald eagles. We also did some fishing and kayaking. Fish include bluegill, trout, largemouth bass, and other sunfish. We got skunked, but one kayak fisher caught 3 largemouth up to six pounds and one redear.

The nearby Frank's Restaurant, at the last turnoff to the campsite, makes an awesome Reuben (with pastrami). My wife's sanwich was awesome as well, both with more french fries that we could eat.

The drive in can be nerve-wracking. From Placerville there is a steep descent to the South Fork of the American River on Georgetown Road, then a short climb to the poorly marked junction with Rock Creek Road. It is about 9 miles from the junction to the campground over a sometimes VERY narrow, vertigo-inducing, paved road that seems to be tacked to the side of the mountain by a wish. On the canyon side passengers can seemingly look straight down to the river in places. There are no pavement markings. We haul a 26' trailer behind an F-150 and I wouldn't be comfortable pulling anything longer, although I saw someone bring in about a 37 foot trailer. CAUTION: Google Maps will bring you up over Mosquito Ridge Road. The Finnon Lake website tells you to avoid this route in favor of the Rock Creek route due to severe switchbacks, a rather rickety bridge crossing, and much more traffic. This may, however be possible with the smallest of vans or towing a small teardrop. Anything larger, use Rock Creek Road.

As to the Campendium-listed amenities I did not see any electrical hookups. Most sites are shaded, so don't count on significant solar recharge or receiving satellite TV. Verizon service was generally 1 to 2 bars, with up to 4 boosted.

And we definitely plan to return. Spring should be spectacular!

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Verizon 4G

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22 reviews

noted 1/22/2021

It is a real pain to get to Finnon, but when you do, you'll be rewarded. It's almost a "secret" campground. Not really suitable for Class A RVs, more of a VW bus type of place. There is a lake and yes, one can swim or fish (catch & release). It is administered by the local VFD and reservations are done through

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  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • swimming beach
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • recycle
  • restaurant
  • restrooms: flush
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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