Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines, California

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

Sly Park Recreation Area 

We drove some 90 miles northeast from our home in Stockton, California 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. Some of these are 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. We hiked from the Hazel Creek campsite to the Park Creek Waterfalls then back. The hike was easy and a good one for beginners.

getting started at Sly Park at Pollock Pines
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 

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.

Park Creek Waterfalls at Sly Park at Pollock Pines
Park Creek Waterfalls

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.

mallards at Sly Park at Pollock Pines

Jenkinson Lake

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

Jenkinson Lake at Sly Park at Pollock Pines
Jenkinson Lake

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 Toilet Dump $15

Contact Information

El Dorado Irrigation District-Recreation
Telephone Number: 530-295-6824
E-mail address:

My first visit to Sly Park at Pollock Pines was truly a nature trip I no longer experience that much. I look forward to more hiking trips in the USA soon.

Have you been to Sly Park at Pollock Pines. We'd love to hear about your experience. You may tell us in the comments below. 
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Brothers Janus and Thadz document their travels around the United States and occasionally around the world.


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