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Ice House Campground Eldorado National Forest California

Ice House Overview

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Ice House Campground is a beautiful (refurbished) facility with 81 spacious campsites on the shores of scenic Ice House Reservoir. The campsites are large with many multi-family campsites available. There are 3 loops with the RV loop (68-81) located in the boat trailer parking lot. Hookups are not available.

Campsites can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs. Each site also has a table, fire ring and grate. The RV-only campsite area (69-81) also has showers, vault toilets, an RV water fill station, and a shared cooking area with tables and grills. Sites 27-29 are walk to (about 50 -125 feet); and sites 30-34 are also walk (ranging from about 20 to 180 feet).

Campground amenities include drinking water, vault toilets, dump station and a boat ramp. Firewood is also available for sale on-site. The nearby resort also has a restaurant, gas and limited groceries. Cell service is fair in the area.

Other campgrounds in the area include Northwind, Strawberry Point and Silver Creek Group.

Ice House Campground – Area Recreation & Info

Outdoor recreation in the area includes boating, fishing, water sports, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking and wildlife viewing.  The largest Ponderosa pine tree in the country is also located nearby, topping out at over 268 feet!

You may also like Sunset Union Valley Reservoir, Wench Creek, Wrights Lake or Jones Fork campgrounds.

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  • BBQ Grills
  • Boat Launch/Ramp
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Trailer Lot
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Cell Service Fair
  • Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Golden Age & Access Passports accepted
  • Grills
  • Grocery Store
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Recycling Center
  • Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
  • Showers
  • Trash Collection
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Reservoir
  • Sailboarding
  • Sailing
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Walking Trails
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Sports
  • Wildlife Viewing
Forest Route 32
El Dorado National Forest, California
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Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • Camper Van
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
  • Walk-To
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Campsite Vehicle Size:

Up to 60 feet.


Mid May – Mid October



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Ice House Boat Ramp
Ice House Boat Ramp Sign
Ice House Boat Trailer Parking Lot
Ice House RV Restrooms
Ice House RV Showers
Ice House RV Water Fillup Station
Ice House Reservoir Scenic
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Ice House Reservoir View
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Ice House Restrooms and Water Spigot
Ice House Sites 27-29 Parking
Ice House Sites 30-34 Parking
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Ice House Comments & Reviews

Visited Ice House Campground lately? We'd love to hear about your adventure. Did you find us useful? Did we forget something? Anything our community should know before heading out to Ice House?

6 Comments on “Ice House”

  1. This is one of our favorite places to camp, especially in late summer when the water is warmer. The bathrooms are maintained throughout the day, even on the busiest days. There is a place nearby to rent kayaks (must have a car that can transport them) as well as a boat ramp if you have a boat. The privacy isn’t the best at some of the sites, but if you take note, you can target one where you feel a bit more secluded.

  2. Jeanette Williams says:

    I camped twice at Ice House campground during the past month and both times were very enjoyable! Della, campground host, was very helpful and always answered any questions that I had. We enjoyed kayaking on the lake and an empty beach on a Thursday! People are friendly and the campground is quiet at 10pm! Will definitely be going back in 2021.

  3. It says ice house campground is open for camping until mid October, but recreation.gov only shows until end of September. Is it first come first serve afterwards with a self-pay system?

    • Hi Sean,
      That may be the case (first-come, first-serve after mid September), if it is not closed due to weather. The USFS web page has it as being open through mid-October, but it also indicates reservations area required. I recommend trying to give the Forest Service office a call to confirm: 831-245-6891

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