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 dusk
Please note: No domestic animals or diapers are allowed in the water or streams of Jenkinson Lake
The break in the storm has given staff a chance to clear the road in the park and allow limited day use, four-wheel drive or chains recommended. We have some great areas for playing in the snow. Campsites remain closed.
02/20/2019 9:50 AM
Heavy snow coupled with cold temperatures in the low teens mean downed trees and ice on the canals, ditches and upper water systems. Recreation staff has been asked to assist our hydro operations crews thus preventing additional snow removal and clearing at the park.
02/11/2019 11:15 AM
Due to excessive snow from this week's storms, and with forecasts of more to come, Sly Park Recreation is closing until further notice. Our number one priority is keeping you and our staff safe.
02/08/2019 12:21 PM
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife dropped 2,100 pounds of rainbow trout today into Jenkinson Lake at Sly Park Recreation Area. Come on up, bring your pole, and your fishing license.
01/29/2019 1:45 PM
PG&E has finished preventative work around Sly Park Recreation Area. The equestrian staging area remains closed as it is being used for log storage.
01/04/2019 11:00 AM
PG&E continues to trim and fall trees at Sly Park Recreation Area to limit damage to powerlines in advance of the winter storms, and to aid in the prevention of fire. The equestrian staging area is closed as it is being used as a staging area for contractors. Please use caution in the area
12/10/2018 3:30 PM
EID's recreation division announces that 2019 annual day use permit applications are available. Permits make a great holiday gift and are valid for all EID-managed day use areas which include three lakes: Jenkinson, Caples, and Sliver.
11/08/2018 4:00 PM
PG&E has begun tree trimming and falling work at Sly Park Recreation Area to prevent damage to powerlines in advance of the winter storm season.
11/02/2018 10:00 AM
Sly Park Recreation Area voted "Best Recreation Facility" by Mountain Democrat readers.
11/02/2018 9:30 AM
10/02/2018 1:15 PM
The Department of Fish and Wildlife are actively planting. Time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Don't forget to purchase an annual pass at Sly Park Recreation Area! Passes are good at Caples, Silver and Jenkinson's lakes.
06/01/2018 1:45 PM
EID urges caution when approaching local area streams and rivers. As the weather temperatures raise, 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.
05/08/2018 11:15 AM
Thank you for your patience while we were developing a new reservation and point of sale system for Sly Park Recreation Area. We are pleased to announce that it is up and ready to accept your reservation!
02/22/2018 3:45 PM
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is scheduled to stock fish in Jenkinson Lake Sly Park Recreation Area (SPRA) the week of February 4, 2018. And more good news – extra fish are going to be stocked in Jenkinson Lake over the next two years.
02/05/2018 3:15 PM
EID received notice from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on January 22 that a man had entered into EID’s Camino Conduit pipe that carries raw water from Jenkinson Lake to EID’s water treatment plant 1.5 miles away. EID is asking our customers to continue conservation until 5 p.m. today.
01/23/2018 11:15 AM
Water service will not be available at Sly Park Recreation Area from Tuesday, October 31, 2017 until the first week of April 2018. Please bring your own drinking water when you visit. During this time all campsites are discounted to $25 per night and extra vehicles are $10 per n
10/23/2017 1:00 PM
Winter Gate Hours are now in effect: Sunday through Thursday - 7:30 am to 8 pm Friday & Saturday - 7:30 am to 10:30 pm
10/02/2017 1:52 PM
06/15/2017 12:59 PM
With better weather the Timber Harvest at Sly Park continues...and it has made quite a mess!
04/20/2017 12:08 PM
When entering the park please be aware of logging activity!
11/09/2016 3:52 PM