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Wolf Creek Campground - El Dorado National Forest
« on: November 18, 2013, 04:02:11 PM »
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I have stayed here about 3 or 4 times in the past couple years and it's one of my favorites.  It is in El Dorado National Forest on the shore of Union Reservoir.  It's about a 3 hour trip (depending on how your clipper likes uphill drives) from Sacramento.

There are about 40+ campsites here, all back in.  There are a few doubles and lots of singles and even some tent only sites.  The price for a single is currently $22/night.  There is potable water available from several spigots throughout the campground and vault toilets.  There is a camp host - as last noted, very nice and easy going.  Each campsite has a paved spur, picnic table, bear safe, and firepit.  The sites are fairly far apart from each other, but you will see your neighbors.  It is only open during the summer months and fills up fast, but many of the sites are reservable online (  The single sites (non-tent only) are big enough to hold a clipper.

The area is gorgeous.  Union Reservoir is big.  There is a boat ramp available, but it is on the other side of the lake, so there are usually only 1 or 2 boats near the campground during the day.  There is a nice paved trail that leads from Wolf Creek around the lake to another campground - it is an easy walk or ride (bikes are allowed).  You can swim and fish in the lake.  It is bear territory, so appropriate bear safety should be followed, but Loon Lake further out seems to get bear action much more than Union Reservoir.  If you want to take a short drive, you can head to Bassi Falls which is a popular day spot for the younger campers - it is also a gorgeous waterfall.

Generators are allowed for limited time periods.  Dogs on leash only (PLEASE keep your dogs on a leash or we risk having them forbidden).

Moose-dog and Bat-dog love the lake, the trail and especially the wonderful lizard population amongst the granite rocks (someday they WILL catch a lizard, they're sure of it!).  They find the campers to be reasonably well-mannered (the occasional loose dog peeing along the edge of our campsite or coming at them while on a hike does occur, but most campers behave appropriately).

Lizard Ratings are given by Moose-dog and Bat-dog (screen names) and are on a scale of 1 to 4 with 4 being the tops.  They consider dog-friendly activities, wildlife viewing, scenic beauty, and camper manners in their ratings.
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