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Day Use Closed to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 - County and State Orders

Please note that all of EID/Sly Park Recreation Area's day-use areas are closing to the public until we receive further notice from the state, county and/or Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The closure is to meet the CDC's guidelines to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

El Dorado County Health and Human Services - COVID-19 Webpage

California State Parks Closes Vehicular Access at all State Parks

 Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.


If you would like to be notified when reservations are again available, please use the link below to submit your email to us.

Notify Me When Reservations Are Available

Note: We will never share your information, we will only use your email to contact you one time to let you know that reservations are resuming at Sly Park Recreation Area.



 Sly Park Recreation Area

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Sly Park Recreation Area at Jenkinson Lake sits at 3500' and is a popular destinations for campers, hikers, bikers, boaters, anglers, equestrians, photographers, and all-around nature lovers. With over 190 campsites and access to over 30 miles of trails, Sly Park Recreation Area has something for everyone. SPRA is open to the public year round.

SUMMER GATE HOURS (May - September )

Sunday-Thursday: 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 6:30 a.m. - midnight

WINTER GATE HOURS ( October - April )

Sunday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

 Silver Lake

Silver Lake and the Silver Lake West Campground lie at 7200' and provide an excellent destination for your high alpine recreation activities. Surrounded by the El Dorado National Forest this exceptional location was a resting place along the Mormon Emigrant Trail established by Kit Carson. The summer recreation season at Silver Lake varies depending on snow pack and weather conditions. Our goal is to open the campground for Memorial Day weekend and remain open through October.

  Caples Lake

Caples Lake at 7800' offers another  excellent high alpine get away. The predominate activity here is trout fishing. However, the area offers scenic picnicking areas, a boat ramp and access to trails entering the Mokelumne Wilderness to the south. Weather permitting, the boat launching and day use facility is open May 1st to Oct. 31st 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.,  Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day - 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.