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Northshore - Loon Lake (Ca)

Eldorado National Forest

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Loon Lake Campground offers a variety of recreational activities, including swimming, fishing, picnicking, boating, OHV riding, hiking, and horseback riding. Permits for horseback riding and hiking in the Desolation Wilderness are available online or at the Placerville Ranger Station. There is also a Loon Lake Chalet rental cabin available, with reservations required.


  • Swimming and Fishing
  • Boat Ramp at Loon Lake Campground
  • Picnic Area (5 sites) at the Loon Lake Boat Ramp
  • Rubicon OHV Trail (summer)
  • Hiking and horseback riding in Desolation Wilderness, permits available in Recreation.gov or the Placerville Ranger Station on Highway 50, Exit 54 in Camino). Day use permits area available at the Loon Lake trailhead in the summer and Placerville Ranger Station year‐round.
  • Loon Lake Chalet rental cabin, reservations required.


This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (530) 644-2324.

Charges & Cancellations

  • Recreation Fee: Recreation fees are the fees a visitor pays for things like overnight camping, a day-use pavilion, group facilities, a tour or a permit. Recreation fees vary by location and/or activity.
  • Reservation Fee: A fee may be charged at the time a reservation is made to cover the cost of reservation services. This fee is in addition to the Recreation Fee and is non-refundable. Fees for camping, day use, group sites, cabins and lookouts: $8 if made on-line; $9 if made through the call center; $3 if made in-person.
  • Change Fee: A service fee may be charged at the time a modification is made depending on the changes.
  • Cancellation Fee: A $10 service fee will be withheld from any refunds for a cancelled reservation.
  • Cut-Off Window: The latest date and/or time that you can make an advanced reservation or a change to an existing reservation. Cut-off windows can vary by location, but are typically 4 days before your arrival date. A customer who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee (see Late Cancellation below).
  • Late Cancellation: If you cancel your reservation too close to the start date, additional service fees may be withheld.
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