El Dorado Camping

Primitive Camping in El Dorado County

Camping Rivers

More & more people are venturing off the beaten touristy path of Gold Country. Getting outta the developed campgrounds to discover the joys of dispersed back woods camping is a new adventure, not to be taken lightly.

With truck or SUV ownership come some great rewards! Order a good map & go find some dirt roads. Waterfalls, dense forests, secluded creekside camp sites & more await you. Obtaining a camp fire permit is mandatory for this style of camping. Campfires are often banned in California, due to extreme wildfire danger. Since the gold mining foothills are usually oak and dry grass, with large steep river canyons, extra caution should be given. Always know the fire conditions before you build a campfire. Caldor Camping

Discover the hidden back roads: like Caldor Road off of Grizzly Flat Rd. – up above Placerville CA

Hey, now this is what we’re talking about. Plenty great dispersed camping down by the Cosumnes River & Consumnes Mine Rd. There are hundreds of miles of small roads to discover back behind this historic mining area. Rivers, waterfalls & decent fishing too. Make sure you clean up some litter. This is the only price you pay for the beauty, serenity, peace & quiet & no neighbor campers next to you.

Out exploring these parts, you may run into a dead end road that peters out at some Private Property, which is usually signed & fenced. Make nice with the old crazy miner dude & turn your ass around politely, everything will be okay as soon as you are not within gun shot of him. Yes, there still are plenty of small time mining experts tucked away back here in the hills.

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Premium and secluded river side camp sites in El Dorado National Forest

Plenty creeks and rivers run throughout this central Sierra region, so you can fish all day – until your hearts desire. River rafting and river kayaking opportunities are also great reasons to get wet.

Several mountain reservoirs around offer camping and boating too. Eldorado lakes are listed below.

CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

  • Caples Lake @ Carson Pass
  • Ice House Reservoir
  • Jenkinson Lake – US Hwy 50
  • Kirkwood Lake
  • Lower Bear River Res. – South Shore Campground
  • Salt Springs Reservoir
  • Silver Lake @ Carson Pass
  • Union Valley Reservoir
  • nearby towns –

    El Dorado Forest Maps –

    El Dorado Campgrounds

    El Dorado Camping

    Kirkwood Lake

    Kirkwood Lake, California

    El Dorado National Forest
    Carson Pass Hwy 88, Ebbetts Pass Hwy 4, Gold Rush Country
    Sierra Nevada Mountains, Alpine Lakes

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

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    Airport Flat Campground 5300′ 16 vault no Ice House Reservoir
    Azalea Cove Campground 4900′ 10 vault lake Union Valley Reservoir
    Big Meadows Campground 5300′ 54 pines flush piped handicap access
    Blue Lake Lower Camp 8100′ 16 vault piped PG&E; fish, boat, camp
    Blue Lake Dam Upper 8200′ 25 vault piped PG&E; fish, boat, camp
    Caples Lake Campground 7800′ 35 pines vault piped fishing lake
    Capps Crossing Campground 5200′ 12 pines vault piped gold panning
    China Flat Campground 4800′ 25 vault piped Silver Fork Rd
    Dru Barner Campground 3200′ 16 flush piped equestrian trails
    Gerle Creek Campground 5300′ 50 pines vault piped handicap access
    Fashoda Campground 4900′ 30 vault piped handicap access
    Hell Hole Campground 5200′ 10 vault piped walk-in
    Upper Hell Hole Campground 4600′ 15 vault lake Hell Hole Reservoir
    Ice House Reservoir Camp 5500′ 83 vault lake handicap access
    Jones Fork Campground 4900′ 10 vault lake Union Valley Reservoir
    Kirkwood Campground 7600′ 12 pines vault piped narrow road; fishing
    Lone Rock Campground 4800′ 5 vault lake Union Valley Reservoir
    Loon Lake Campground 6500′ 62 pines vault piped equestrian; group site too
    Lovers Leap Campground 5800′ 21 pines vault piped rock climbing
    Lumberyard Campground 6500′ 5 pines vault RV access
    Middle Creek Campground 8200′ 5 pines vault piped fishing creek
    Middle Fork Cosumnes River 6780′ 5 vault crk PG&E, swim, fish
    Mokelumne River Camp 3200′ 8 vault crk swim
    Moore Creek Campground 3200′ 8 vault crk swim
    Northshore Campground 6378′ 15 vault lake Loon Lake Campground
    Northwind Campground 5500′ 9 vault lake Ice House Reservoir
    Pardoes Point Campground 5900′ 10 pit no Bear River Reservoir Rd
    Pipi Campground 3900′ 51 pit no handicap access
    Sand Flat Campground 3900′ 29 pit no fishing
    Silver Fork Campground 5500′ 35 vault piped fishing
    Silver Lake Campground 7200′ 62 pines vault piped boating lake
    South Fork Campground 5200′ 17 vault piped fishing
    South Shore Campground 5900′ 22 vault piped Bear River Reservoir
    Strawberry Point Camp 5500′ 10 vault lake Ice House Reservoir
    Stumpy Meadows Campgr 4400′ 10 vault lake handicap access
    Sugar Pine Campground 6000′ 10 vault no boating
    Sunset Campground 4900′ 131 vault piped boating
    Wench Creek Campground 4900′ 100 vault crk boating
    Wentworth Springs Camp 6200′ 8 vault crk 4WD recommended
    West Point Campground 4875′ 8 vault lake Union Valley Reservoir
    White Azalea Campground 3500′ 6 vault crk Mokelumne River
    Wolf Creek Campground 8200′ 42 vault piped boating, fishing
    Woods Lake Campground 4900′ 25 vault pump handicap access
    Yellowjacket Campground 4900′ 40 vault piped boating, fishing

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    nearby towns –

    El Dorado Forest Maps –

    New Bullards Bar Reservoir

    Bullards Bar California

    Bullards Bar Boat-in Camps

    BULLARDS BAR Dark Day is a lakeside walk-in campground on a small reservoir, located deep in the Gold Country foothills. Flush toilets and hiking trails, kayak rentals and fishing.

    West of Highway 49. Huge dam for hydro-electric power. Minimal roadways along the lake and steep canyons make for optimum hiking and boating. Floating and fishing. Relaxing in the mountains, with fresh water!

    On most maps the official name of this lake may read New Bullards Bar Reservoir, or Lake Bullards Bar, but locals just call it simply – Bullards Bar!

    Sierra Nevada Foothills. Yuba River, California.

    Northern Gold Country, California

    Near Camptonville, West off Hwy 49
    in between Oroville and Nevada City, CA

    Located not far from historic Downieville, Bullard’s Bar is an excellent base camp location for exploring the upper reaches of the Gold Country region. Old mining locations, museums, a covered bridge, various parks, Yuba River, Sierra Buttes, Lakes Basin. Grass Valley & Nevada City are also nearby. Mountain bike trails, river rafting and hiking all around.

    New Bullards Bar

    lake surface area: 969,600 acrespaddle sports

    lake elevation: 2000′ above sea level

    lake county: Yuba County California

    roads around lake: Marysville Road (south of lake and east side w/ Hwy 49), Moonshine Road (south of lake), Oregon Hill Road (west side), Pendola Road (north side), and Forest Route #47 (dirt road on north side)

    nearest towns:

    Bullards Bar

    Shade @ the marina, just when you needed it most

    Yuba River Recreation

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    Lake water can be beautiful TEAL colored (greenish blue) – due to heavy minerals in the local red dirt soil and dense forest above. This water comes down from Lakes Basin Recreation Area, the Sierra Buttes, and the Yuba Pass on Hwy 49. Northern Gold Country, California.

    Bullards Bar Lake – Emerald Cove Marina
    New Bullards Bar Reservoir
    877-692-3201

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    New Bullards Bar Reservoir

    boat in camping

    One of the few lakes in the Sierra Nevada that offer boat in camping at developed camp sites, and also to allow boaters primitive camping along the shoreline. No drinking water is available. No pit toilets, so a portable chemical toilet is always required. Plus, pack out all garbage.

    No charge for DAY USE areas: parking or boat launch ramps

    NOTE: Dark Day & Schoolhouse Campgrounds are the only car camping & RV accessible camping on this lake. These both have flush toilets and drinking water piped in. Hiking trails & boat launch nearby. Wheelchair accessible campsites are available.

    CAMPS OPEN: APRIL – OCTOBER
    Campgrounds @ BullardsBar are usually open from April to October annually and all are closed for winter months.

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    Bullards Bar Campgrounds

    camp information 530-692-3200

    • GardenPoint: 17 boat-in sites
    • Madrone Cove: 10 boat-in sites
    • Shoreline Camp: 2 boat-in sites
    • Dark Day Walk-In Camp: 30 sites
    • Schoolhouse Campground: 56 sites
    • Hornswoggle Group Camp

    Frenchy Point Campground USDA

    Located 5 miles northwest of Dark Day Boat Ramp on the west side of the reservoir. Boat in only access. It is used as an over flow campground. There are campsites, but no bathrooms. Portable chemical toilet required. More info call Emerald Cove Marina at (530) 692-3200

    National ForestsBullards Bar Lake located on the Yuba River, bordering
    between Tahoe National Forest & 
    Plumas National Forest

     

    bullards bar California

    lake recreation 

    • boat in camps
    • canoe
    • fish
    • houseboat rentals
    • kayak
    • picnic sites
    • sail
    • watercraft rentals

    land recreation

    • backpack
    • campgrounds
    • hike
    • mountain bike
    • walk-in camps

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    Covered Bridges of California

    Oregon City Bridge

    Oregon City Bridge, off Cherokee Road, North Oroville, CA

    Overland pioneers and miners flooded the Sierra Nevada after 1848, when gold was discovered, transforming the landscape and native life of California – in horrendous ways. Many early bridges made of wood have disappeared. Historic places, such as these few wooden bridges of the West, need to be protected and preserved.

    Felton Covered Bridge
    Santa Cruz Mountains & Redwoods
    Railway Train Rides
    Felton, CA

    Bridgeport Covered Bridge
    (built in 1862)
    South Fork of the Yuba River
    Northern Gold Country Hwy 49
    Nevada City & Downieville, CA

    Honey Run Bridge
    on Butte Creek @ Skyway
    Historic Landmark from 1894
    in between
    Chico & Paradise, CA

    Knights Ferry Bridge SHPState Park
    State Historic Park
    on Sacramento River
    North of Sacramento, CA

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    Oregon City Bridge
    Oregon Gulch, Lake Oroville
    via Table Mountain @ Cherokee Rd
    North of Oroville CA

    Oregon Covered Bridge
    Middle Fork of the Yuba River
    Northern Gold Country Hwy 49
    in between
    Nevada City & Downieville, CA

    Woodson Bridge SRAState Park
    State Recreation Area

    Woodson Bridge Campground Campgrounds
    on Sacramento River, in betweenRV camping
    Chico & Corning, CA

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    Honey Run Bridge
    HoneyRun Bridge of Butte County, California

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