The Project Maps
The Step by Step Project Map (PDF 120k)
The Crystal Basin Recreational Area
The Crystal Basin Recreational Area Map (PDF 80k)
USFS Dispersed Recreation Zones (PDF 4.8mg)
The Eldorado National Forest Crystal Basin Recreation Area spans 85,000 acres of pine and fir forests along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Capped by the majestic, granite peaks of the Crystal Range and traversed by lakes, reservoirs and streams, the Crystal Basin’s four seasons and varied terrain offer a diverse range of outdoor adventure.
The three UARP storage reservoirs – Union Valley, Ice House and Loon Lake – and their associated recreation facilities serve as a focal point for the recreation area. These recreation facilities help meet the regional public demand for high quality outdoor experiences and have been planned and located in a manner to protect the long-term integrity of the forest’s natural resources.
Facilities include more than 700 campsites (including group, boat or hike-in, and equestrian), fishing piers, paved bicycle trails, sanitation stations for recreational vehicles, a cross-country ski chalet, and two information stations. As part of a cooperative venture with the Forest Service, SMUD built most of these facilities and contributes funds annually to the Forest Service for facility operation and maintenance. In addition to the cooperative venture between SMUD and the Forest Service, other agencies and community-based organizations have made significant contributions.
Detailed Maps of the Upper American River Project
The following maps are topographical maps that include detailed legends of SMUD water conveyance facilities, SMUD project boundaries, land ownership, and roads.
Upper American River Project Northeast Area (PDF 2.3mg)
Upper American River Project Southeast Area (PDF 2.8mg)
Upper American River Project Southwest Area (PDF 2.8mg)
Upper American River Project Combined Areas (PDF 7.2mg)
Upper American River Project All Maps (PDF 15mg)
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