Finnon Lake

Updated January 18, 2019


Beginning January 1, 2019, reservations made for Exclusive Use of entire campground over holiday weekends will require a minimum 2 nights stay. 

At its May 2018 board meeting, the MVFA Board of Directors voted to raise the campground fees beginning July 1, 2018 from $20 to $25 per site per night,  and the Exclusive Use of entire campground fee from $250 to $300 per night.   The increase was necessary because the annual dam fees that MVFA pays to the state has increased by over 45% in the past two years, from $8,000 to $12,000.  All other fees including Day Use will remain the same.

Don't forget the restrictions on trailers and motor homes on Mosquito Road.  These vehicles must always use Rock Creek Road.

During fire season beginning July 1, campfires may be restricted by order of the fire department.  Campfire restrictions will be indicated by "NO CAMP FIRES" signs at the entry to the park and in the campground.  Failure to adhere to campfire restrictions may result in suspension of campground privileges.  Unless restrictions are in place, firewood may be pre-ordered with the shopping cart on the "Camping" page.  A limited amount of Firewood may also be available for sale at Frank's Diner.

All campfire wood must be kept within the fire rings. 


  • Finnon Lake Recreation Area is PRIVATE PROPERTY - monitored by MVFA volunteers, the Mosquito Fire Protection District and the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department.
  • With the new dam, and after the rain storms of 2018, Finnon Lake is now full and back to how it looked over 20 years ago. 
  • The Finnon Lake perimeter road past the campground is closed to motor vehicles except for emergency. For the safety of hikers and our wildlife, driving vehicles off the main road and driving around barricades is prohibited.  Violators are trespassing subject to arrest.
  • For Camping information, click on the "Camping" button at top of page.
  • Drop-in campers are welcome, but a campsite cannot be guaranteed without a paid reservation.  There are 19 campsites at the campground.
  • Finnon Lake Recreation Area is PRIVATE PROPERTY - owned and managed by Mosquito Volunteer Fire Association (MVFA).  Use of the facilities is at your own risk.  The management assumes no responsibility or liability for personal injury, loss or property damage.
  • It is the responsibility of visitors to know the rules contained on this website and posted on the information boards on Finnon Property.
  • This is the OFFICIAL Finnon Lake website.  Related information contained on any other website is not authorized by MVFA.
  • For information, call (530) 409-5515,  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. 
  • Finnon Lake Recreation Area is closed after dark - except for registered campers.  Violators are trespassing and subject to arrest.
  • Day Use fees are collected before entering the property for day use activities such as fishing, boating (including ALL inflatables), swimming, picnicking  and disc golf. No fee for hiking and bicycling.
  • Campsites used for Day Use may be charged at overnight rate.
  • Campsites containing gear such as tents, tarps, hammocks, kayaks, fishing rods etc. will be considered occupied.  If left overnight will be charged at overnight rate whether persons are present or not.  If such gear is left unattended for 24 hours or more, it will be considered abandoned, and disposed of.
  • Annual Day Use Passes are now available to Mosquito residents. Call Dave Angelo at (530) 621-3688,  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
  • Discharging any type of gun including air powered is prohibited.
  • There is a zero tolerance policy for any abusive behavior, language or rudeness toward any staff member or guest.
  • Finnon Lake is pet friendly.  All dogs are required to be under control at all times, and droppings picked up. Keep your dog from barking or disturbing others, and never leave them unattended.        
  • Primary access to Finnon Lake is Rock Creek Road thru the main gate adjacent to the store.  Large trailers and campers must use Rock Creek Road.  The swing bridge on Mosquito road has width and weight restrictions, and trailers are prohibited.
  • The lake is open for fishing - catch and release only - no bait: Day Use fees apply.  PLEASE do no leave unspooled fishing line on the ground or on the shore.  Place it in the garbage cans.
  • Finnon Lake Campers under age 18 are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian over age 21 during the entire time of their stay.
  • Frank's Diner is located at the entrance to Finnon Recreation Area and is open for business.  Call (530) 409-1977 or visit for more information.
  • Discover more about the history of Finnon Lake, how to get here, and info on the MVFA here.


Finnon Recreation Area