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Sly Park is located about 5½ miles south of Pollock Pines off Highway 50. The main attraction of the area is Jenkinson Lake, operated by the Eldorado Irrigation District (EID). The lake is open year-round for both day use and camping. Nearby Sly Park Resort has RV camping.
A dozen campgrounds are scattered around the shores of Union Valley Reservoir in the Crystal Basin. Many of the campsites can be reserved. The reservoir is a popular place for water skiing, fishing, swimming, and hiking.
Ice House Reservoir in the Crystal Basin has several campgrounds on its shores. The campgrounds are usually open from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October.
Little Wrights Lake is a nice place to camp away from the bustle of the larger lakes. Besides a regular campground there is also an equestrian campground. The lake makes a good jumping off point for hikes into Desolation Wilderness. Nearby Barrett Lake Jeep Trail draws OHV enthusiasts.
Loon Lake is a full 20 miles from Highway 50 in the Crystal Basin. Several campgrounds are located around the lake, including a Boat-in camping area. There are also group campgrounds and an equestrian campground. Nearby staging areas for the famous Rubicon Trail draw many 4-wheelers in the summer.
Remote Gerle Reservoir is a quiet place for family camping. There are a couple of nature trails. Only non-motorized boats are allowed on the lake. Gerle Creek Campground is located along the creek just north of the lake. Airport Flat Campground is nearby.
This area includes the American River Canyon along Highway 50 near Kyburz and Strawberry, along with the Silver Fork of the American River. Campgrounds have good access to fishing along the river and to hiking in places such as Lovers Leap and Horsetail Falls.
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