Wench Creek Campground

Wench Creek Campground Overview

Wench Creek Campground is located in a beautiful ponderosa pine forest on the east shore of Union Valley Reservoir. Union Valley Reservoir sits in the Crystal Basin at an elevation of 4,900 feet. The area is part of the Eldorado National Forest. Eldorado includes the famed gold mining territory of the 1800s. Protected remnants of the days of the California Gold Rush are all around the region. An abundance of wildlife can be found within the Sierra Nevada Range, including black bears, mule deer, bobcat, gray fox, bighorn sheep, pikas, martens and a variety of squirrels. Several species of reptiles, amphibians and birds also inhabit the area.

Wench Creek campground has 2 group campsites (reservable) and 100 single-family campsites (first-come first-serve). Plenty of water activities await at this reservoir in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Firewood is available for a fee and it is possible to moor boats on the shoreline. Amenities include grills, fire rings, drinking water, picnic tables and both vault and flush toilets. Electric hook-ups are not available.

 Single family sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. One group site is tent-only, and the other is a standard site for tents, RVs or trailers.

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    Lat. 38.890280 / Long. -120.377220
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    Mountains, Lake, Water Sports, Boating, Fishing, Swimming, Picnic Area, Wildlife Viewing, Hiking, Biking
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