Loon Lake Campground

Eldorado National Forest

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Ice House Road
El Dorado, CA
530-644-2349
530-622-5061
Reservations: 1877-444-6777
Official Website

GPS: 38.981, -120.316

Last Price Paid: $25
Number of Sites: 53
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: June-October
Elevation: 6496 ft
Max Length: 35 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise

Cell Phone Coverage

1bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
Weboost
4 reviews
Nightly rate: $25
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 17

Geoff would stay here again

“Gorgeous Lake”

Reviewed Jun 20, 2018

Overall Rating

Another one of my favorites. Stunning lake with campsites right on the lake. Also right near the trail head of the Rubicon Trail which goes into Desolation Wilderness, a great hike. Beautiful sunsets over the lake. Excellent for kayaking. The two older loops could definitely use an upgrade on the pads. Worn out asphalt, often need significant leveling. Newer loop, not on the lake, has nicer pads. Plenty of water, CreditCard dump ($10), pit toilets. Camp hosts Wayne and Will are excellent. Fishing is often quite good. No cell in the campground but walk a mile back up the road coming in to get good cell. Open from June to October. No reservations required after labor day. Many sites are really only good for tent camping so if reserving be sure the site is large enough for an RV or trailer.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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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.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
1bars
AT&T 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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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...

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

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