Standard (tent/RV)
Dispersed
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Equestrian
Fires Unknown
Pets Unknown
Drinking Water
About Wrights Lake

Wrights Lake Campground is situated in the timber belt, close to the lake shore, looking up at the majestic rocky peaks of the Sierra Nevadas and Desolation Wilderness. The area is well-known for its hiking, wildflowers and birding.

Recreation

The campground provides access to the lake, where visitors enjoy trout fishing, swimming and boating activities. Motorboats are prohibited in the area.

Hikers will enjoy access to multiple foot and horseback riding trails within 5 miles of the campground. Various trailheads, including Bloodsucker, Rockbound and Twin Lakes trails, provide access to Desolation Wilderness.

Educational programs are offered at the amphitheater, and mountain biking and off-road vehicle use is popular on Barrett Lake Jeep trail. Wilderness permits for day hiking are available at the trailheads, and overnight hiking permits are available at Pacific Ranger Station.

Facilities

The campground offers dozens of campsites for tent and RV camping. Several sites offer sweeping views of Wrights Lake.

Each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills, and firewood can be gathered in the area. Accessible vault toilets. A camp host is available during the daytime.

Natural Features

At nearly 7,000 feet in elevation, the campground is surrounded by pine and fir trees with a grassy understory. Wildflowers bloom throughout the spring and summer seasons.

Some sites are nestled among giant boulders, providing privacy for campers. The campground is close to Wrights Lake, a 40-acre body of water popular for its serene and quiet atmosphere.

Charges & Cancellations

https://www.recreation.gov/marketing.do?goto=/acm/resPolicies.htm

ADA Access: N

Fee Info
Single Site: $25 per night Family Site: $50 per night
Price
$25.00 - $50.00
Operator
USDA Forest Service
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Firewood Available
Picnic Table
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Wrights Lake is located in California
Latitude
38.8494 N
Longitude
-120.2311 W
Get Directions
Directions
Take Highway 50 east of Placerville, California, for 11 miles. Turn left onto Ice House Road and continue for 9 miles, then turn right onto Wrights Lake tie road. After 2 miles, turn left onto Wrights Lake Road.
2 Reviews of Wrights Lake
Tranquility

At the top of the Sierras, El Dorado national forest, tucked in away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Stunning views, and blue skies, campground is well maintained and accessible. Rvs and tent camping. Shallow lake that warms up a little for kayaking and swimming. Great family lake.

First to Review
Great lake, great sites

All sites are reservable and are pretty much snapped up at the six-month reservation window but we showed up in mid-August and were able to snag a couple of sites released by folks not showing up for their reservations. The 1-16 loop has the best sites for access to your car and proximity to the lake. Odd numbered sites 9-17 also have no backyard neighbors and more privacy.

Lake is very swimmable but no motorized craft allowed. Cool section of river channels at the back of the lake toward the Twin Lakes Trailhead.

Twin Lakes Trailhead takes you to desolation wilderness and some great day hikes. If you're in decent shape you can easily do the Twin Lakes/Boomerang/Island Lake trail, but pack a rain jacket for surprise alpine thunderstorms. These Lakes are colder but still pretty swimmable. Absolutely beautiful.

Be prepared for lots of mosquitos early in the season. They were mostly gone by mid-August, but I sustained a few munches when I was there in early July.