Ice House Campground area, Eldorado National Forest
Ice House Campground is located high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. The area is part of the Eldorado National Forest—which stretches across the famed gold mining territory of the 1800—and is surrounded by a mixed conifer forest on the north shore of Ice House Reservoir. The reservoir spans 700 acres at 5,500 feet (1,680 m) elevation. Some campsites at Ice House are right on the shoreline while others are set back just enough for plenty of shade from towering ponderosa pines, cedars and Manzanita bushes. The area is far enough from city lights to make for productive stargazing.