7291 Hwy. 49
Lotus, CA 95651

Ranger Station: (530) 642-5830, ext. 6

Address above is not to be used for mail delivery to members.
Please have mail sent to:
General Delivery, Lotus, CA 95651.

Located on Highway 49, midway between Placerville and Auburn, this preserve is a classic! Imagine the South Fork American River running through your front yard and the golden color of the Sierra foothills reflecting off your sunglasses. In addition to a swimming beach, there are several places along the river for rafters and kayakers to launch their watercraft. A sparkling swimming pool and a clubhouse (complete with recreation hall) are great places for families to gather, and a general store and cafe provide comfort and convenience to campers. This preserve is extremely popular, so we encourage you to book today!


Campsites: 136 sites.

Rentals: 4 trailers, 2 cabins, 2 Hideaway cabins, 2 Getaway cabins.

Member Amenities

Bocce ball, clubhouse, deli, discounted river rafting, espresso bar, horseshoe pits, picnic area, recreation hall, river frontage, swimming beach, swimming pool, volleyball court, dog beach and run, whitewater rafting, RV storage, convenience store/deli, Wi-Fi access.

Points of Interest

  • Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, 1 mile
  • Venezio Vineyards and Winery, 2 miles
  • Gold Hill Vineyard, 3 miles
  • Historic Downtown Placerville, 12 miles
  • El Dorado County Historical Museum, 13 miles
  • Apple Hill, 18 miles
  • California State Railroad Museum, 50 miles
  • Crocker Art Museum, 50 miles
  • Old Sacramento, 50 miles


GPS Coordinates: N 38° 48' 31.86" W 120° 54' 12.84"; elevation is 798 feet.

From Highway 50 (big-rig-friendly option): Shingle Springs lies between Cameron Park and Placerville. Take the Ponderosa Road exit and go to the north side of Hwy. 50, where you will find North Shingle Road (to the right just after you cross the bridge over Hwy. 50). Follow North Shingle Road for several miles and it will turn into Lotus Road. Lotus Road ends at Hwy. 49 in Coloma. Turn left, cross the bridge, and the preserve is on the right, just across the river.

From Auburn: From I-80, take the Hwy. 49 exit and head south 14 miles. Ponderosa will be on the left just before Coloma. The park entrance requires a broad turn into the parking lot. PLEASE NOTE - This route is not recommended for RVers, because Hwy. 49 has several sharp curves and hills to manage. And, it is difficult for RVs to make the turn into the resort safely because there is no turn lane, traffic does not yield, and you have to swing wide to negotiate