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Sunset Campground

Elevation: 5,000 Feet (1558.6 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Nights
Maximum RV Size: 45 Feet (14.0 Meters)
Number of Sites: 131 Campsites 30-Unit Tent Area
Reservation Phone Number: 877-444-6777
Reservation Status: Accepted
Reservation System: National Reservation System

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Sunset Campground Reservations

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General Description

Sunset Peninsula is located in a ponderosa pine forest at an elevation of 5000 feet. Facilities include 131 family sites, a 30-unit tent camping area, a swimming beach, Fashoda (which is not reservable), a boatramp with an accessible boarding dock, a paved parking area, a dump station, and the Union Valley Bike Trail. A store with gas, ice, and a restaurant is located within 5 miles. Popular activities include sailing, boating, fishing, biking, swimming, and hiking. For current conditions and local information, call the Eldorado Information Center at 530-644-6048.

Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance.
This campground requires a 2 day minimum stay on weekends.

Maximum 2 vehicles per site. An extra vehicle fee will be collected per day at the campground. A trailer or RV plus a tow vehicle counts as the 2 vehicles allowed with the price of the site.

No refunds are given for bad weather.

Bears and other wildlife are in the area. Please keep your campsite clean, your food properly stored, and the dumpsters locked.

The after summer walk-in season is for Loop 3 only.

Directions: Highway 50, east of Placerville for 21 miles to Icehouse Road turnoff on left. North 16 miles to campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: 5-23/2003 through 8-31/2003 .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping Call for Current Fee Single Double. $6 Extra Vehicl

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Birdofprey (SF Bay Area, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I showed up at Sunset Camp #3 on Sept 20, 2010 (a Monday) without any reservations. There were plenty of campsites to choose from, since I was practically the only camper there. Fresh water was available from a nearby faucet. I use a hobo stove, so there was plenty of fuel (sticks & twigs) available on the ground. I brought my hammock and kayak and car camped for 6 days. My campsite (# 129) was about 50 yards from the reservoir, but the path to the beach was easy to travel (ideal for someone with a kayak). I didn't use the large fire pit until the last night (I brought some oak logs). Instead, I cooked everything either on the campsite grill, or in my JetBoil.
Conditions: It was the end of summer, chilly at night (once down to 38*), warm to hot in the afternoons. Trees were everywhere (fir and pine). There wasn't much of a mosquito problem at all (but I put on some Cutter "Skinsations" sunscreen and insect repellent anyway). After washing some clothes, I laid them out on a large fallen tree to dry in the sun. Early in the week (Mon - Wed), it was ideal...few other campers....nice and quiet. But on Thursday and Friday an army of campers started arriving (husbands chopping wood all day, children laughing and screaming, motorhomes/trucks/jet skis/motorboats all being revved, campers walking thru my campsite to get to the reservoir etc. I preferred it earlier in the week.
Water Availability: Fresh water is available near every campsite from a roadside faucet.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching Union Valley Reservoir
ICON Sailing Union Valley Reservoir
ICON RV Camping 45' Max
ICON Camping Sunset Campground
ICON Fishing Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Smallmouth Bass
ICON Hiking & Walking Trail Network
ICON Mountain Biking Union Valley Bike Trail
ICON Swimming & Waterplay Union Valley Reservoir
ICON Viewing Scenery Pacific Ranger District
ICON Viewing Wildlife Pacific Ranger District

More Information

Visitor Information:

Nevada Commission on Tourism, 401 N. Carson Street , Carson City, NV, 89701

Links to other sites:
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com


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