Yes. When camping at Silver Lake West or at Sly Park Recreation Area your camping fee includes one vehicle for the duration of your stay. Your pass is also good at any of EID's facilities so you can go to Silver Lake or Caples Lake also.
Additional vehicles will need to pay a daily use fee when they arrive. Parking is limited, we encourage carpooling.
Are there boat rentals?
Not with EID however for Caples and Silver lakes Kit Carson Lodge located at the North end of Silver Lake does rent small craft such as Kayaks, Canoes and small power boats. Caples Lake Resort offers rentals at Caples Lake. Check their websites for hours and fees.
Sly Park Recreation Area offers non-motorized boat and paddle board rentals through a vendor. See our Boating webpage for the link to their reservation site.
Can I pre-pay or drop gear without occupying my site?
No. Campsites must be occupied within the first 24 hours and for the duration of your stay.
Can I run a generator?
Sly Park Recreation Area: Generator hours are limited to 7am to 9am, Noon to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm only.
Silver Lake West Campground: Hours are limited from 8am to 8pm. Guests are asked to keep the duration of run time to a minimum.
Do you allow campfires?
Campfires are allowed in the designated fire ring, the fire cannot exceed the size of the ring, the flames cannot be more than 3 feet tall and the wood cannot be more than 6 inches around.
Do you have bears?
Sly Park Recreation Area:
Bears have not been a problem in the campgrounds. It is always a good idea to put away food and garbage at night for the other critters that can be troublesome (like squirrels, raccoons or birds).
Silver Lake West Campground:
Bears are known to be in the area. It is always a good idea to put away food and garbage at night. Each campsite provides a bear proof locker.
Do you have cell phone reception in the campground?
Sly Park Recreation Area: There is limited cell phone reception near the entrance of the park. The signal diminishes as you travel into the park.
Silver Lake West Campground: No cell coverage.
Do you have fish cleaning stations?
We do not have fish cleaning stations at this time.
Do you have hookups?
No, we do not have hookups. No electricity is available.
Sly Park Recreation Areas does have a septic dump station you can use (included with the price of the campsite). If you are camping at Silver Lake West and drive by Sly Park Recreation Area on your way home, you may utilize the dump station there at no charge with proof of your stay.
Water spigots are available to fill your tank but you cannot stay connected.
Do you have showers?
No, we do not have shower facilities.
Do you have WiFi at the lake or in the campground?
There is no WiFi connections, take this time to disconnect from the world and plan accordingly.
Do you take reservations?
No, Silver Lake West Campground is first come first served.
Does EID operate all Recreation on or at Silver and Caples Lake?
No, EID only operates certain facilities mentioned on our website. The appropriate counties have jurisdiction on the waters. Recreational access can be from a variety of sources so it is important to know where you are.
How many people can I have in my campsite?
While camping at Sly Park Recreation Area you may have up to 8 people in an individual site.
At Silver Lake West Campground there is a maximum of 6 per campsite.
How many vehicles can I have in my campsite?
The reservation pays for the first vehicle in the site; most sites have room for one more vehicle.
Parking is very limited and carpooling is encouraged. If you are camping at Sly Park Recreation Area you can call our reservation office at (530) 295-6810 to see if there is room for more that two vehicles at the site you are reserving.
Additional vehicles will need to pay fees when they arrive, please see our fee schedule for current costs.
Is there a dump station?
No, the nearest is Plasses Resort located down a long grade on the South end of Silver Lake. Travelers who find themselves passing Sly Park Recreation Area on their way home can dump for free with proof of stay at Silver Lake West.
Is there power?
No power is available in the Silver Lake West Campground.
What amenities are available?
Kit Carson, Plasses and Kirkwood all have a small mom and pop general stores with limited supplies. Best to plan well before leaving.
The campground has:
Potable water (please check our news postings as this service does get turned off at times)
Fire ring with barbecue grate in each site
Picnic table in each site
Bear proof food lockers in each site
Firewood is available for purchase
Where can I get cell phone service?
Kirkwood Meadows has cell service that has the most reliable connection.
Where can I park my boat trailer?
Sly Park Recreation Area:
You may leave your trailer in your campsite unless you do not have room. We also have a designated parking area for boats trailers or you can leave it in the boat launch parking lot. When you arrive the gatehouse can give you directions.
Highway 88 Recreation: Silver Lake West Campground, Caples, and Silver lakes
While camping at Silver Lake West it is preferred to park in your site, but it is tight. Silver Lake West does have limited additional parking that is first come, first served. Leaving your boat trailer in the day-use areas overnight is prohibited.
If you are using the Caples or Silver lakes boat launch for day-use only, you may leave your trailer and rig in the parking lot while you are out enjoying the lake.
Where is the nearest gas?
From Silver Lake the only station in the area is located at Kirkwood its about seven miles to the north.
From Caples Lake Kirkwood is about a half mile to the south of the lake.