Please see news item below for updated information on the park and COVID-19. And, like our Facebook page @SlyParkRecreationArea for more information.
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
- Rules and Regulations
- Sly Park Day-Use Map
- Day-Use Application (Valid at Caples and Silver Lake Day-Use Areas)
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
Sly Park Recreation Area's Black Oak Equestrian Campground now open for online reservations!
06/23/2020 9:00 AM
In an effort to reduce staff exposure to the COVID-19 virus, all campsites will be allocated through our online reservation system only (www.eid.org/recreation/spra-campsite-photos-and-reservations). 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
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
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
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
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
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