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China Flat/Silver Fork Campgrounds - Site # 55
Two campgrounds with remnant old-growth forests are located on the South Fork of the American River.
SeasonalSeasonal - these sites have high wildlife values during certain seasons, though they may have recreational value year-round.

China Flat Campground sign: 960x723 Silver Fork Campground American River: 604x453

Background: Mule deer, coyotes and bears pass through the area. Bird calls from the wooded canopy may belong to northern goshawks, western tanagers, and northern flickers. Evening campfires may illuminate the eyes of bobcats, mountain lions or northern flying squirrels. At night, the forest plays host to a colony of bats and several species of owls, including California spotted owls and saw-whet owls. Many species reside in the riverside vegetation, such as long-tailed weasels, belted kingfishers, and spotted sandpipers. Watch the water for western pond turtles and native trout.

Wildlife and Where to Find It: Look for bats and listen for owls at the China Flat amphitheater. Small mammals, songbirds, woodpeckers, and deer can be seen between the two campgrounds.

Viewing Tips: The best season for viewing are spring and summer, though viewing requires patient observation. Use the footbridge at China Flat to spot riparian species. Interpretive talks in the summer at China Flat.

Site Notes: Please check with the campground attendant or entrance
board before setting up your camp.

Visitor Information: Visit El Dorado - (530) 621-5885 - http://visit-eldorado.com
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: Yes
Open: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Hours: 
Year Round: No
Seasonal: AREAS CLOSED DURING WINTER.

Road Information:   Paved. 
Road Hazards: 
 Number of Parking Spaces: 0
Parking Fee: Yes
Proximity to viewing area:
 Pull-Through Parking: 
Parking Notes: China Camp - Single units are limited to 1 vehicle and 6 people per site. Double units are 2 vehicles and 12 people. An additional fee will be charged for extra vehicles if the parking spur will accommodate it. Vehicle = Any equipment that is required to be licensed/registered. Includes RVs, trailers, cars/trucks, boat/car trailer, motorcycle/atv, etc. Vehicles parked in a truck or on a trailer are not counted separately.

Special Tips: CAUTION: There are bears in the area. Please keep all
foods, soaps, and garbage properly stored.

How to Get There: From Highway 50 just south of Kyburz, take Silver Fork turnoff east. Drive 3 miles to China Flat; Silver Fork is 5 miles beyond. 32.5 miles east of Placerville on Highway 50
 

Contact Information
Managing Agency: USDA Forest Service - Eldorado National Forest
Agency Site URL: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/eldorado/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=78504&actid=29
Physical Address:100 Forni Road
Placerville, CA
Agency 2:
, CA
Manager Phone:
Site Phone:(916) 644-2324
County: El Dorado
Addition Website:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsbdev7_018789.pdf