Loon Lake is a reservoir in the Eldorado National Forest of El Dorado County, about 97 miles (155 km) northeast of Sacramento, California. Please note that while there are no designated stargazing areas, the lake is accessible by the public year-round and offers secluded boat ramps, fishing docks, canoeing, and more, with wide open night skies suited for gazing. One EarthSky reader recommends visiting in late summer, since “you can see Perseid meteor shower very well in August. May have to get out your tent/camper at 4:30 a.m. if moon comes out. Worth it!” The climate is similar to that of the Mediterranean with warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Campsites come with picnic tables, grills, campfire rings and bear-proof food storage lockers. Firewood is sold on-site. For more information, please visit online or call 831-245-6891.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!