Camping Sly Park – Jenkinson Lake, Pollock Pines, CA  (2019)
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Camping Sly Park – Jenkinson Lake, Pollock Pines, CA (2019)

Today we’re visiting Slypark, Jenkinson Lake. I’m Crystyn and I’m Doug and we’re Travels and Travails. Today, we’ll talk about the lake, our campsite, and at the end, our favorite local breakfast restaurant. Jenkinson Lake is a six hundred and fifty acre reservoir near Pollock Pines and is part of the slide park Recreation Area. The Lake has a plethora of outdoor activities available to any adventure seeker. We went there primarily to camp and hike the eight plus mile loop trail around the lake. In addition to many hiking trails, the lake also provides trails for horseback riding and mountain biking. In the summer, kayak and paddle board rentals are available. If you have your own boat, water skiing wakeboarding, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, cruising, and sailing are also available. Jet skis and Sea doos are not allowed on the lake. Great fishing locations can be accessed from the shore. This looks like a good place to cast your line out on a sunny day. There no logs in the way. Reel in your line in water. The gets deeper fairly close to the shore so you can get out where the fish are. You can be out here in the Sun having a picnic on the table here and just wait wait for that pole to bounce. Fish are planted in the lake according to a link posted on the Sly Park website. The campground has no hookups, but they do have a dump station. However, backing into this dump station can be tricky. The water in the campground is turned off in the winter, so the water in the dump station is also non-functional during this time. Dogs are allowed in the campground and on the trails but not in the lake. My sympathies to all of you with Labradors. Although the campground is very popular during the summer, it has a hundred and ninety-one sites available. The reservation site gives a brief description of each site along with the site photo. We camped at site 73. From our site, we had a view of the lake. The site was very roomy and level it had plenty of space for multiple tents. Though we didn’t have any neighbors, in March, the site was somewhat secluded. The great thing about this site was it was right off the trail that loops around the lake. The one thing that was a struggle with this site was that it was difficult to back into. In fact, most of the sites in that loop are difficult to back into. Also, the table was far away from the trailer. One of the complaints that I have about the recreation area is the the charge for everything! Besides the camping fees, there is an extra vehicle fee, boat fee, a pet fee, a reservation fee, a late check-out fee – and the list goes on… The other issue that I have with this campground is that contractor generators are allowed. They do however have operating hours for generators. This would be great if those hours didn’t start at 7:00 a.m! All the information regarding surrounding amenities is posted at the entrance to the lake. There is a small store across the street from the lake that carries a few sundries and food. Next to the store is a restaurant that has food that is edible if you don’t want to cook. Down the road in Pollock Pines, there is a Safeway grocery store and a few restaurants. We like C and T’s restaurant for breakfast. The breakfast burritos are huge! If you enjoyed this video, hit the like button. To see more videos like, this hit the subscribe button.


  • The Russian Nightmare

    Thank you so much for posting this. My family and I are attempting to go camping and we are terribly inexperienced. We are currently looking for a site to use, that will be close to a lake or river.

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