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Wrights Lake Campground Eldorado National Forest California

Wrights Lake Overview

Wrights Lake Campground has 67 mixed-use campsite and is next to the lake shore with views of the spectacular peaks of the Sierra Nevada and Desolation Wilderness. There are 37 standard campsites, 19 tent-only and 9 walk/hike to sites. Horse camping is also available at Wrights Lake Equestrian loop (sites 69-83).

Tent campsites include 1-19, 21, 23, 26, 32, 34, 35, 39, 47-49, 59 and 62-64. Walk-to (tent) campsites include 41-44 and 50-54. Campsites 7, 31 and 56 are double units.

Amenities include drinking water, vault toilets and trash collection. Firewood is also available for sale from the friendly camp host. Each campsite has a table, food storage locker (bear box),  BBQ pedestal, fire ring and grill. The campsites can accommodate up to 2 vehicles and 6 people. Most have nice shade. Cell service is not available in the area.

Other campgrounds in the area include Wrights Lake Equestrian, Ice House, Jones Fork, Big Silver Group

Wrights Lake – Area Recreation & Activities

Outdoor recreation in the area includes boating (paddle only / non-motorized), canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking and wildlife viewing. OHV trail riding is also popular on the Barrett Lake Jeep trail.

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  • Amphitheater
  • BBQ Grills
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Cell Service - None
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian Facilities
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Golden Age & Access Passports accepted
  • Grills
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Ranger Station
  • Recycling Center
  • Trash Collection
  • ATV
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • OHVing
  • OTV Trails/Riding
  • Paddle boarding (SUP)
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Walking Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Wrights Lake Road (Forest Road 4)
Placerville, California 95667
530 644-2324
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  • Tent
  • Trailer
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Campsite Vehicle Size:

25 to 50 feet


Late June – Mid October



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2 Comments on “Wrights Lake”

  1. Had another terrific time at Wrights Lake! Very glad we snagged a rec.gov cancellation a few weeks ago.
    I was surprised at how many EMPTY SITES were around us, during our non-weekend stay, and how few had “FF” (First-come,First-serve) as their recreation.gov site reservation status, when we arrived back home. Many sites had cards on the site-number-post that indicated what days the site would be occupied over the coming week, and nearly all of these empty sites indicated that they should have been occupied that night- but that night AND the next night, no one arrived.
    Q. Is this a consequence of the 4-nights-before cancellation policy?
    I met a family that is part of a group-of-families-interested-in-Wrights-Lake that somehow are able to exchange reservations. This may not seem kosher, but they are keeping the sites filled with interested campers.

    • Hi Mark,
      Thanks for the review and glad you had a great time up at Wrights Lake. I/we’ve been noticing the ’empty sites’ phenomena at other Sierra campgrounds too. And many had ‘reserved’ cards on them. Not quite sure what the reason is but you may be right about the cancellation policy. Maybe someone knows and can comment.

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