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Please see news item below for updated information on the park and COVID-19. And, like our Facebook page  @SlyParkRecreationArea for more information.

Responsible Recreation COVID-19: Keep your distance, stay home if sick, wear a mask, observe guidelines

Day-use picnic areas are located throughout Sly Park Recreation Area.  Each day use area is marked on the Park Map with a picnic table.  The first large day-use area, known as the Main Day Use Area, is located half a mile from the gatehouse entrance.  All are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Day Use Hours

October through April

Monday – Sunday, 7:30 a.m. until dusk

May through September

Monday – Sunday, 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Please note:  No domestic animals or diapers are allowed in the water or streams of Jenkinson Lake

Contact Sly Park Recreation Area

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Can I get a yearly pass for my boat?

  • Do I have to pay for my dog if I have a Day Use Permit?

  • When can I purchase a Day Use Permit for next year?

  • How do I get to the waterfall?

  • Can I bring my own barbecue?

  • Can I have a fire in the day-use area or on the beach?

  • Why can't my dog go in the water?

  • When I come to Sly Park do I have to pay the fee if I am just going to be here for an hour?

  • If I buy a Day Use Permit, where can I use it?

  • If I mail my application, how do I get my permit?

  • COVID-19 and Responsible Recreation

    EID and Sly Park Recreation Area staff ask visitors to adhere to the recreation guidelines and etiquette to help prevent the spread and flatten the curve of COVID-19. To keep you and our staff safe and help ensure that we remain open to the public, please adhere to the new rules.

    06/30/2020 12:45 PM

  • Black Oak Equestrian Campground Now Open

    Sly Park Recreation Area's Black Oak Equestrian Campground now open for online reservations!

    06/23/2020 9:00 AM

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    Sly Park Recreation Area Open for Camping to General Public

    In an effort to reduce staff exposure to the COVID-19 virus, all campsites will be allocated through our online reservation system only ( No walk-in camping will be permitted at this time and reservations need to be made online a minimum

    06/15/2020 2:30 PM

  • UPDATE: 2021 Reservations at Sly Park Recreation Area

    2020 day-use and camping remain closed due to state mandates to prevent spread of COVID-19. May, June, and July 2021 are open for reservations.

    06/01/2020 12:15 PM

  • UPDATE: SPRA Day-Use and Boating Opening May 16 for In-County Residents Only

    On Saturday, May 16, SPRA will open for limited day-use activities for in-county residents. Please read 5/14 news release for details. All camping areas remain closed.

    05/14/2020 3:15 PM

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    Sly Park Recreation Area to Open for Day-Use and Boating for Local, In-County Residents

    On May 16, the following activities are scheduled to be available at Sly Park Recreation Area from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for local residents: picnicking (among stay-home household members only), hiking, biking, walking, equestrian, boating (among stay-home household members only), and fishing.

    05/14/2020 3:00 PM

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    EID Planning Structured Reopening for Sly Park Recreation Area

    El Dorado County has submitted a plan for accelerating into Stage 2 of the California State plan for loosening the stay-at-home mandate. In light of this, EID is planning for a structured and safe return to offering recreation activities at EID facilities as soon as safely possible.

    05/08/2020 1:45 PM

  • Use Caution Around Streams and Rivers Due to Cold Water Temperatures and High Random Water Flows

    EID Urges Caution Around Streams and Rivers

    EID urges caution when approaching local area streams and rivers. As the weather temperatures rise, snow in higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada are beginning to melt causing higher and more random water flow patterns. The snowmelt also keeps water at dangerously cold temperatures.

    05/06/2020 4:15 PM