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Established Camping

Caples Lake Campground


National Forest

Eldorado National Forest

Recreation Opportunity Guides (ROG) - These guides contains information, maps, and directions to assist you in enjoying your trip to the Eldorado National Forest.Caples Lake CampgroundFees and PassesNon-motorized Trails Mokelumne Wilderness

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Caples Lake Campground is located in California

Detail location of campground


38.704164 N
120.052795 W

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group


For Campers

  • Market
  • Trash
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
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3 Reviews

Heather W.
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2020

Close to the top of the world

This is a high elevation campground located across the highway from Caples Lake and Reservoir.

In winter it is snowed over creating a majestic sight.

In summer it just as spectacular. Very clear and very cold.

Fishing is the sport here. No speedboats.

Campground is riddled with boulders and slate rocks. Daily temp might reach 90f when its 100f in the valley.

Can get windy.

Vault toilets as plumbing would freeze and burst in winter.

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2018

Caples lake Campground

Cmpground clean, pit toilets , right across road to the lake, for paddleboarding.

1st come 1st serve

  • Review photo of Caples Lake Campground by Jeff B., July 30, 2018
Patricia O.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 20, 2018

Nice location, right on the hwy though

This is a nice location in that it's right across the road from Caples Lake. There can be a lot of road noise depending on your site as some sit right along the highway. Stayed here many times in various sites. There is a lot of hiking in the area, and several lakes. Vault toilets, picnic tables, grills, fire rings. May or may not have water. Hosts are nice and keep it quiet.

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Caples Lake Campground by Patricia O., May 20, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there cell phone reception at Caples Lake Campground?

According to campers on, Verizon signal is unknown, AT&T is poor, and T-Mobile is available.