Most sites open during construction.
Jun 30, 2017, Placerville, CA - This summer, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in coordination with the Eldorado National Forest, will be completing a number of projects to improve recreational facilities in the Loon Lake area. The projects will include improvements to trails between Loon Lake, Buck Island Lake and Rubicon Reservoir, replacing toilets at Pleasant Campground with new composting toilets, and repair of the Loon Lake Boat Ramp.
Helicopters will be utilized mid-week to transport materials to remote work locations and four California Conservation Corps crews will be staged in the area performing trail work. To provide for public and worker safety, it will be necessary to restrict public access to certain areas until project activities are completed.
Pleasant Campground will be closed from July 5th through Labor Day for construction of the two composting toilets. Trail repairs will occur from June through October 31st, but trails will remain open to public use during this time. There may be some minor delays associated with trail use during this time, and visitors are asked to use these trails with caution. The Loon Lake Boat Ramp will be closed after Labor Day weekend to complete repairs to the damaged lower portion of the ramp. Loon Lake reservoir levels will also be drawn down to facilitate the repair.
Other facilities in the area, including Loon Lake Campground, Loon Lake Chalet, Northshore Campground, and the Rubicon Trail will remain open for the season during construction. Visitors to these sites mid-week should expect to experience some construction-related noise during the summer season.
The Eldorado National Forest and SMUD ask for patience from the public while reconstruction activities are occurring and are excited to be able to offer newly updated recreation facilities for public enjoyment in 2018.
These projects are part of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing condition within the Upper American River Project, FERC No. 2101 to improve recreational facilities around project reservoirs.