Hell Hole Reservoir


The only access to this beautiful lake is by a long winding drive on a mountain  back road.  This lake has a 15 mile shoreline of rugged canyon walls that make it very picturesque. The water is cold and clear fed by the Rubicon River.  There is a launch site suitable for small craft.

Camping and fishing are primary its primary features, with a variety of trout available.  Campers are warned about the dangers of bears in the area.  There are 10 tent sites  and 15 boat access sites on the lake, with an additional 55 tent/RV sites available at nearby Big Meadows.

Also on the drive into Hell Hole, are two other lakes: Ralston Afterbay and the 1,920 acre French Meadows Reservoir, which can provide good fishing.  French Meadows has numerous campsites with two launch sites but is dependant on the weather as water levels can vary considerably.

Eldorado National Forrest, District office,  (916) 333-4312.