Loon Lake Campground

Eldorado National Forest

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Ice House Road
El Dorado, CA
Reservations: 1877-444-6777
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GPS: 38.981, -120.316

Last Price Paid: $10
Number of Sites: 53
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: June-October
Elevation: 6496 ft
Max Length: 35 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

1 person has reviewed this location.

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Two Plus Lu

19 Escape 5.0 (formerly 2010 Four Wheel Camper Eagle)
2017 Toyota Tundra
33 reviews
Nightly rate: $10
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: Not recorded

Two Plus Lu would stay here again

“Absolutely, stunningly beautiful location, great fun to watch the offroad vehicles head to the Rubicon trail”

Reviewed Mar 23, 2017

Overall Rating

We love, love, love Loon Lake. We've been here twice in the summer in a large group so we opted both times to pay for a site in the designated campground, but there is free dispersed camping throughout the area for tent campers. It would be hard to disperse camp with a trailer, spaces large enough to drive through into the woods have been purposely blocked off.

Best way to describe this place is like going to Tahoe, but less crazy crowds. The water is beautiful and great for kayaking, fishing, and swimming, and the sites are all very close to the water. And being close to the entrance of the Rubicon Trail, it is so fun to walk around the area and see the insane offroad vehicles that people bring in to rock crawl. We also spent some time hiking around the granite bowl and found some beautiful small waterfalls to enjoy.

The only issue we ran into when we came up at the end of July last year was a lot of bees - so much so that cooking outside attracted swarms and made a sting or two unavoidable. This prompted us to add a portable screenhouse to our camping gear!

All sites have a picnic table and fire pit. Some are pull-through and some are back-in. There is a dumpster and a pit toilet for the campground. We were warned of bear activity and kept our food locked up.

No Verizon or AT&T service at the campground, but we were able to get enough signal of AT&T to send out a text or email when we hiked up foothills a bit.

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Loon Lake, El Dorado National Forest, CA – Two Plus Lu

It’s been awhile! Lots of moving, working, and getting our acts together these last few months as we transition out of grad school and into a nomadic lifestyle. I have a bunch of posts to catch up o...

  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • dump station
  • firewood
  • group sites
  • ADA Accessible
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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