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
Ice House Is Loaded With Trout

Written By: Garry Erck,
December 10, 2014

(Riverton) Guide Dale Daneman reported that Ice House Reservoir continues to be the better place to head in the Crystal Basin, but anglers will find some days better than others. 

“A recent trip by friends to Ice House showed the lake...

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Prime Time For Bank Anglers To Target Trout At Loon, French Meadows

Written By: Garry Erck,
November 29, 2014

(Riverton) Repercussions from the King Fire continue to reverberate in the Crystal Basin and like clockwork, ramp access to Loon Lake is over for the season, even though this is perhaps the best time of year on the lake.

This is the time...

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Sly Park and Loon Lake Offer Up Trout

Written By: Garry Erck,
November 12, 2014

(Riverton) While the King Fire has been out of the news for over two weeks now, anglers have been scarce in the Crystal Basin. Reports show access to Union Valley to be non-existent (including the dam ramp).

Stumpy Meadows, French Meadows...

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Ice House Is Loaded With Trout

Written By: Garry Erck,

(Riverton) Guide Dale Daneman reported that Ice House Reservoir continues to be the better place to head in the Crystal Basin, but anglers will find some days better than others. 

“A recent trip by friends to Ice House showed the lake can be fickle, even though it’s...

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Prime Time For Bank Anglers To Target Trout At Loon, French Meadows

Written By: Garry Erck,

(Riverton) Repercussions from the King Fire continue to reverberate in the Crystal Basin and like clockwork, ramp access to Loon Lake is over for the season, even though this is perhaps the best time of year on the lake.

This is the time when bank fishermen, float...

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Sly Park and Loon Lake Offer Up Trout

Written By: Garry Erck,

(Riverton) While the King Fire has been out of the news for over two weeks now, anglers have been scarce in the Crystal Basin. Reports show access to Union Valley to be non-existent (including the dam ramp).

Stumpy Meadows, French Meadows and Hell Hole, which saw the...

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Tips & Tactics for Union Valley Reservoir
Basics For The Bank Bound Trouter Basics For The Bank Bound Trouter

Written By: Cal Kellogg

Prospecting the waters of a lake or reservoir for trout from a boat decked out with downriggers and the latest electronics can be both...

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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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Weather Report for Union Valley Reservoir

Todays date: Sunday December 21, 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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