Hell Hole Lake

Location and Directions:

     Hell Hole Reservoir is located in Placer County and is part of the El Dorado National Forest. From Sacramento, take I-80 East to the city of Auburn. Exit on High St and go East. Turns into El Dorado St. Turn Right on Coloma and then Left of Georgetown Rd. Continue 12 miles to Main / Wentworth Springs Rd. and turn Left. Continue 22 miles to Eleven Pines Rd. and turn Left. Travel 20 miles to the town of Goggins. Turns into Hell Hole Rd. Continue 10 miles to the lake. This is a steep and winding road, plan on extra travel time to get here.

General Info:

The lake consists of 1,300 surface acres and 15 miles of shoreline. There are limited campsites at the lake with more available at nearby Big Meadows Campsite. For more information contact: El Dorado National Forest, District office, (916) 333-4312.


Other lakes in the area:
Lake Tahoe
Boating Info:

    There is a launch ramp available free of charge.

Fishing Info:

    Kokanee salmon, rainbow, brown and lake trout are found here. This lake is fed by the Rubicon River, making it some prime trouting waters. The crystal clear water and canyon walls make for nice scenery as well. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.

Comments and Tips:

There is no dock, rough on boats if windy or launching alone

bill fekkers
sacramento calif


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