Silver Lake East Campground- Eldorado Nat’l Forest

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Find us: we are in campsite # 26
Nearest GPS Address: Hwy 88 at Silver Lake, Kit Carson, CA 95644

Natural Features: The campground with 41 sites is situated at the base of Thunder Mountain at an elevation of 7,200 feet, on the north-east end of beautiful Silver Lake. Silver Lake covers 200 acres in a large granite basin surrounded by a forest of mixed conifers. The lake's mirror-like waters are known to reflect the colors of the sky above, attracting both hikers and photographers to its scenic shores. The Silver Lake area blooms with bright wildflowers in the summer months, delighting visitors with their presence around the lakes and high in the mountain meadows.

Facilities: Vault toilets, drinking water, campfire rings and picnic tables are provided. Single units are limited to a maximum of 2 vehicles and 6 people. A pay phone, restaurant, boat rentals and boat ramp are located at a nearby lodge.

Each family is responsible for their own reservations, equipment and meals. We will gather around the campfire each evening after dinner to share stories. Bring your own chair and beverage. I plan to hike and/or paddle every day. Lunch will often be on the trail or beach.

Reservations: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232263
Or by phone:[masked]. The campground fills up in the summer. I recommend reserving your site NOW.

Recreation: Hiking is very popular, allowing access to high alpine lakes and other destinations through short but spectacular hikes. Anglers will be happy to know that Silver Lake boasts stocked populations of Rainbow, German Brown and Mackinaw trout. Kayak rentals available at Kit Carson Lodge.

Location, Directions: Silver Lake East is located via highway 88, 50 miles east of Jackson, California. From the town of Pioneer, continue on State Route 88 east 36.6 miles to campground on right.

Nearby Campgrounds: Silver Lake West Campground, and Ferguson Campground. Caples Lake Campground (closed for 2019 season) Silver Lake West campground is adjacent to Silver Lake East on the west side of Highway 88, and offers additional trails and access to the Silver Fork of the American River.