Union Valley Reservoir

Maps and Info

Location and size: The conifer-lined lake is located on Silver Creek, a tributary of the South Fork of the American River, in the Crystal Basin Recreation Area of Eldorado National Forest. The reservoir, situated at 4,900 feet above sea level, holds 277,300 acre feet of water when full.

Access: From Pollock Pines continue on Hwy 50 east 9 miles to Ice House Road. Turn north on Ice House Road toward Crystal Basin and travel 16 miles.

Seasons: the reservoir is accessible year-round. Ice fishing not recommended due to fluctuating water levels. Be sure to check the fishing regulations at the Department of Fish and Game web site.

Camping: Overnight camping is available at Jones Fork, Sunset, Lone Rock, Azalea Cove, Wench Creek, Yellowjacket, Wolf Creek, Camino Cove, and Westpoint Campgrounds.

Boating: Boat ramps are available at Sunset, Yellowjacket, or Westpoint.

Bait, tackle and groceries: Can be purchased at Icehouse Resort on Ice House Road, (530) 293-3321. Gas, lodging, tackle, bait and supplies are also found in Pollock Pines and Placerville.

Guide services: Ken Mathis of Ken’s Custom Tackle, (530) 647-2306, www.kenscustomtackle.com, Dale Daneman of Dale’s Foothill Fishing, (530) 295-0488, www.dalesfoothillfishing.com, Kyle Neeser of Crystal Basin Tackle, (530) 306-4113, www.crystalbasintackle.com/c-9-guide-service.aspx,

Facilities Information: Pacific Ranger District, 7887 Highway 50, Pollock Pines, CA 95726, (530) 647-5415

 

Articles & Reports
Union Valley, The Trophy Mackinaw Jewel Of The Crystal Basin Union Valley, The Trophy Mackinaw Jewel Of The Crystal Basin

Written By: Dan Bacher,
August 18, 2014

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Union Valley Reservoir is not only the largest of the lakes of the Crystal Basin Recreation Area in the Eldorado National Forest, but it has the most diverse fishery.

Anglers can catch rainbow...

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Union Valley Kokanee Salmon Bite Sizzles

Written By: Garry Erck,
June 25, 2014

Like clockwork, Union Valley kokanee kicked off their season in mid-to late May and anglers are reaping the rewards. Placerville anglers John Marino and Rick Schrichfield found limits working the Camino Cove area of the lake. 

“We trolled...

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Union Valley Kokes On Tap

Written By: Garry Erck,
June 9, 2014

Like clock-work, Union Valley kokanee kick off their season in mid-to late May and anglers are reaping the rewards.

Placerville anglers John Marino and Rick Schrichfield found limits working the Camino Cove area of the lake. “We trolled...

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Union Valley Kokanee Salmon Bite Sizzles

Written By: Garry Erck,

Like clockwork, Union Valley kokanee kicked off their season in mid-to late May and anglers are reaping the rewards. Placerville anglers John Marino and Rick Schrichfield found limits working the Camino Cove area of the lake. 

“We trolled from the powerhouse to Camino...

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Union Valley Kokes On Tap

Written By: Garry Erck,

Like clock-work, Union Valley kokanee kick off their season in mid-to late May and anglers are reaping the rewards.

Placerville anglers John Marino and Rick Schrichfield found limits working the Camino Cove area of the lake. “We trolled from the powerhouse to Camino...

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Sly Park and Ice House Trout Pace Action

Written By: Garry Erck,

The first cast did it for youngster Jacob Scott as he kicked off a good morning of action for his family.

“We worked water off the south side of Jenkinson Lake,” reported Keith Scott (Jacob’s Dad). “And Jacob’s rod bent over, thinking it was a snag, I suggested for him...

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Tips & Tactics for Union Valley Reservoir
Trolling For Deep Water Mackinaw Trolling For Deep Water Mackinaw

Written By: Cal Kellogg

Deepwater trolling, shallow water trolling and jigging are the three most popular approaches used for subduing macks throughout the year...

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Written By: Cal Kellogg

Take a look at the tackle assortment of a trout and landlocked king salmon troller and you’ll see a lot of spoons, such as Sep’s Pro...

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Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait? Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait?

Written By: Cal Kellogg

I’m of the opinion that in most situations well-presented natural baits will outperform artificials. Following this philosophy, when the...

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Weather Report for Union Valley Reservoir

Todays date: Thursday September 18, 2014

Union Valley Reservoir Species
  • Trout
  • Trout
  • Mackinaw
  • Mackinaw
  • Kokanee
  • Kokanee
Whats Biting?

Trout

Mackinaw

Kokanee



Water Level for Union Valley Reservoir

Sorry. We don't have any water level information for Union Valley Reservoir. Our information comes from the USGS.

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