Northshore Campground Project

Cardno is performing key restoration services related to the rehabilitation and construction of recreation facilities in national forests in California.

Cardno is supporting a large utility with the planning, designing, environmental documentation, permitting, and construction support for recreation facilities in the Eldorado National Forest. Associated with the Upper American River Hydroelectric Project, our teams are performing services from planning and concept plan development to design and construction support.

The project is located at Loon Lake Reservoir, which is primarily used to store water for hydroelectric power. The reservoir’s water levels vary throughout the year depending on the utility’s operational needs, as well as snowmelt and precipitation. Several recreational facilities are located along the shoreline. They include campgrounds, a boat launch, hiking trailheads, and the Rubicon Off-Road Vehicle Route that originates at the Loon Lake Main Dam.

This project involved the rehabilitation and expansion of a 30-unit RV and walk-in campground, including planning, design, and implementation of

  • roadways
  • campsites
  • parking areas/spurs
  • water system (source, storage, and distribution)
  • vault toilet buildings and
  • storm drainage improvements.

The facilities at Northshore RV Campground were brought up to current United States Department of Agriculture – Forest Service and Eldorado National Forest standards, including design, accessibility, and environmental. The final design minimized a departure from USDA-FS standards, which were not feasible due to site conditions or other resource constraints.

Design included 3D renderings using Infraworks and unmanned aerial vehicle data acquisition. This data informed the design, and the team presented the plan to the utility and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) in a way that demonstrated how the final project will look within the existing topography.

This allowed Cardno to review the site footprint and grading limits to show the impact to USFS, allowing us to reduce grading due to the steep conditions.