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Awesome Sights at Sly Park in Pollock Pines, California, USA

In late July, I joined two (2) of my brothers, a sister-in-law, and two (2) nephews to a day trip at Pollock Pines, California, U.S.A. It was a picnic trip, an easy trek, a family day, and a nature appreciation trip of sorts.

Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines, California, U.S.A.

We drove some 90 miles northeast from our home in Stockton, California, U.S.A. to reach the Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines at El Dorado County. The most recognizable feature of the park is the Jenkinson Lake. There are a variety of outdoor activities that can be done at the Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines such as trekking, camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming in the lake, sunbathing, bathing in the waterfalls, and horseback riding. We were there for a trek and a picnic. Out of the total eight mile hiking trail, we only did one mile to the Hazel Creek campsite to the Park Creek Waterfalls then back. The hike was easy and a good one for beginners.

Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines California USA
That's me when we were just getting started


In this post, I'd like to share some of the sights we enjoyed while doing light trekking at Sly Park.

Park Creek Waterfalls at Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines, California, U.S.A.

The reward for our short trek was the refreshing site of a man-made waterfall at the end of the trail. My nephews and one of my brothers took it a bit further by dipping in the cold waters of the natural pool.

Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines California USA
Park Creek Waterfalls at Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines, California, USA



Animal Life

As a nature reserve, animal life must have been abundant at Sly Park. But all we ever saw were mallards near the shore of the lake. We did see boxes for bats and lots of information about the wildlife in the park.

Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines California USA
Mallards at Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines, California, USA




Jenkinson Lake

Probably the most distinguishable feature of Sly Park is Jenkinson Lake where most guests enjoy fishing, sunbathing, boating, or swimming.

Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines California USA
Jenkinson Lake at Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines, California, USA




Lots of Pine Trees

It's not hard to see why they call this place Pollock Pines. Pine trees are just abundant here.

Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines California USA
Pine trees at Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines, California, USA




2016 Fee Schedule (in U.S. Dollars)

Camping (8 People, 1 Vehicle), per night 

  • Family Campsite: $80
  • Waterfront Campsite: $50
  • Pinecone Strip: $45
  • Black Oak Equestrian: $40
  • Standard Campsite: $33 (Disabled/Senior (62)/Military with ID $30
  • Extra Vehicle: $15
  • Boat: $9 (Disabled/Senior (62)/Military with ID $8)
  • Pet: $5 per pet
  • Reservation and Change Fee $9
  • Cancellation Fee: $15 (allowed up to 4 days prior to arrival)
  • Over Limit People Fee: $10 per person per night
  • Late Checkout Fee: $10

Group Areas (50 People) 

  • Group Area 1: $320
  • Group Area 2: $320
  • Group Area 3: $300
  • Group Area 4: $300
  • Group Area 5: $325
  • Group Area 6: $300
  • Event Center: $330 (Cleaning deposit $100)
  • Additional People: $4
  • Reservation/Change Fee: $20
  • Cancellation Fee: $50 (allowed up to 14 days prior to arrival)

Day Use (Entrance Fees per day)

Vehicle $11
  • Disabled/Senior (62)/Military with ID $9
Boat Launch $9
  • Disabled/Senior (62)/Military with ID $8
Pet $5 per pet

Annual Day Use Permits (per calendar year)

Vehicles $132
  • Disabled/Senior (62)/Military with ID $108
  • 2nd Vehicle (same owner) $50
Boat $108

Boat Rentals 

  • Paddle Board: 1 Hour $20, 4 Hours $50
  • Pedal Boat: Half hour $5
  • Kayak/Canoe: 1 Hour $15, 4 Hours $35, 7 Hours (max day) $ 50
  • Deposit: $30 or $100 (paddle boards)

Other Fees

  • Equestrian Staging Area  $5
  • Bumpy Meadows (per day) $5
  • RV Dump $15

Contact Information

El Dorado Irrigation District-Recreation
Telephone Number: (530)295-6824
E-mail address: recreation@eid.org
Website: www.eid.org


My first visit to Pollock Pines was truly a nature trip I no longer experience that much. I look forward to more hiking trips in the USA soon.
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Brothers Janus and Thadz document their travels around the United States and occasionally around the world.

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