WENCH CREEK, CA

Wench Creek Campground is located in a beautiful ponderosa pine forest on the east shore of Union Valley Reservoir. The campground has 2 group campsites and several single family campsites. Plenty of water activities await at this reservoir in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The ...
Status: Open through Sun Sep 14 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • Fire restrictions may be enforced; call (530) 644-6048 for local information and conditions
  • Bears frequent the area. Food must be stored in hard-sided vehicles
  • There are no electric site hook-ups at this facility
  • Limit 1 vehicle per site; a fee will be charged for additional vehicles
  • This facility has first-come, first-served sites
  • A fee will be charged for extra people, vehicles and pets
  • Use only dead and down wood for campfires
  • Click here for more information about Eldorado National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.
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WENC GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC 50 35 Back-In
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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WENC GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC 50 0
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Overview

Overview

Wench Creek Campground is located in a beautiful ponderosa pine forest on the east shore of Union Valley Reservoir. The campground has 2 group campsites and several single family campsites. Plenty of water activities await at this reservoir in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

The Union Valley Bike Trail and Bassi Falls Hiking Trail are worth exploring. The Union Valley Trail runs right through Wench Creek.

Natural Features:

Union Valley Reservoir sits in the Crystal Basin at an elevation of 4,900 feet. The area is part of the Eldorado National Forest.

Eldorado includes the famed gold mining territory of the 1800s. Protected remnants of the days of the California Gold Rush are all around the region.

An abundance of wildlife can be found within the Sierra Nevada Range, including black bears, mule deer, bobcat, gray fox, bighorn sheep, pikas, martens and a variety of squirrels. Several species of reptiles, amphibians and birds also inhabit the area.

Recreation:

The Union Valley Bike Trail spans 4.8 miles with an easy climb of 300 feet. The trail connects campgrounds on the east side of the lake, starting from Wench Creek on to the Jones Fork Campground. Interpretive signs along the trail tell the story of the use and development of water resources in Union Valley. This trail can be used by both hikers and bikers.

Anglers delight in seeking kokanee salmon, rainbow, brown, small mouth bass and mackinaw trout. The reservoir also offers opportunities for swimming, water skiing and boating. Boat ramps are located near Sunset and Yellowjacket Campgrounds.

Facilities:

Firewood is available for a fee and it is possible to moor boats on the shoreline. Amenities include grills, fire rings, drinking water, picnic tables and both vault and flush toilets. Electric hook-ups are not available.

Single family sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. One group site is tent-only, and the other is a standard site for tents, RVs or trailers. Each group site can accommodate up to 50 people (more campground details).

Nearby Attractions:

The Desolation Wilderness is nearby, offering the opportunity to get away from the crowds and enjoy the serenity of nature.

Booking Window

GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Mon Sep 01 2014 - Sat Aug 29 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC

Mon Sep 01 2014 - Sat Aug 29 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri May 23 2014 Mon Sep 01 2014
Walk In Tue Sep 02 2014 Sun Sep 14 2014
Peak Fri May 22 2015 Mon Sep 07 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming
  • Tent sites
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Spigot
  • Wildlife Viewing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 23 2014 -
Sep 01 2014
GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC $130.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $130.00
Walk In Season
Sep 02 2014 -
Sep 14 2014
GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC $130.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $130.00
Peak Season
May 22 2015 -
Sep 07 2015
GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC $130.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $130.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.89028, -120.37722
38°53'25"N, 120°22'38"W

On Highway 50, go 21 miles east of Placerville to Riverton. Turn left on Icehouse Riverton Road. Go 19 miles north to Wench Creek turnoff, then turn left to campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

WENCH CREEK
ELDORADO
  CA 

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)293-0827