Recreation Division
Recreation Division

Berkeley Echo Lake Camp

New!  Family Camp Registration is now open!   Availability Calendar 2016

We had a wonderful Summer 2015 Season.  Check out our 2015 End Of Season Report for more information.   

Please note that the City of Berkeley Recreation Offices have relocated.  Camp registrations are now being accepted at our Willard Recreation Office: 

Willard Recreation Office
2701 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Phone: (510) 981-5140
Fax: (510) 981-5160

 Echo Lake Camp Calendar Summer 2016

Availability Calendar 2016

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Echo Lake Camp 2016 Program Information  

Summer 2016 Programs 

 Program Dates 

Registration Forms 

Additional Information 

 Echo Lake Family Camp 

June 18-July 17
July 22 - July 31 

2016 Echo Lake Family Camp Registration Form  

Family Camp Fee Chart

Family Camp Welcome Packet

 Fish Camp

June 16-18
August 29 - Sept. 2 

2016 Fish Camp Registration Form 

2016 Fish Camp Flyer 

2016 Fish Camp Fee Chart  

Youth Camp

Session 1: August 1-5 

Session 2: August 8-12 

Session 3: August 15-19 

 Online Registration  
Opens January 11, 2016 

 2016 Information Coming Soon!

Counselor-In-Training  (CIT)

Five Sessions during Family Camp! 

hree Sessions during Youth Camp.  See full session Information in description below.

Online Registration 
Opens January 11, 2016

2016 Information Coming Soon!

50+ Camp

Session 1: August 19-22

Session 2: August 22-26

50+ Camp Registration Form

Echo Lake 50 Plus Camp Resource and Information Guide 2016

Work Weekend

June 10-12, 2016 
September 9-11, 2016

2016 Work Weekend Registration Form


Family Camp Artist-In-Residence & Guest Chef Programs

Multiple Sessions: June 18-August 1, 2016

 2016 AIR Application

2016 Guest Chef Application


2016 Guest Chef Information Packet

Other Information

Scholarships: Berkeley City Council provides a limited number of camperships to low-income families (Berkeley residents only). Scholarships are available for all camps. Scholarships will reduce fees by 50%. Please submit the scholarship application prior to submitting the Echo Lake registration form. Please allow five business days for eligibility determination.  

About Echo Lake Camp

BELC: 2015_USDA Forest Service_LogoThe City of Berkeley Echo Lake Camp has been operated under a Special Use Permit with the U.S. Forest Service since 1922.  Echo Lake Camp is steeped in tradition and has a unique history. Legendary environmentalist, David Brower, was introduced to the Sierra Club at Echo Lake Camp as a young clerk, and Edmund Hillary dined at Echo Lake Camp the summer after the first ascent of Mt. Everest. Generations have marveled at the 40-mile vistas, the dark night sky dome and the sunrise above the mountains to the east.

Echo Lake is only a fifteen minute walk from camp. Offering a several mile expanse of cool mountain water, swimming, fishing, and canoeing, Echo Lake is a favorite destination for campers. It is also the gateway to the immense Desolation Wilderness Area offering miles of hiking among the numerous alpine lakes, streams, peaks and meadows. The famous Pacific Crest Trail runs through the camp on its 2700 mile route from Mexico to Canada. The site is actually located directly on the Pacific Crest of the High Sierra meaning that a cup of water spilled on the eastern side of Cabin 26 runs to the deserts of the Great Basin while a cup spilled on the west side runs past Berkeley to the Pacific!

The camp itself offers, a heated pool, basketball, volleyball, bocce ball, disc-golf, archery, an observation deck, campfires and music programs. Arts and crafts are available in the recreation lodge, which has fantastic views.

At 7,400’ elevation, mild days and cool nights are punctuated by the occasional afternoon thundershower that clears in time to provide spectacular sunsets and alpenglow over the peaks to the west. Hot showers and bathrooms are located throughout the site as are picnic tables and seating.

Although the camp is distinctly wilderness in nature and tradition, all modern conveniences are available just 15 minutes away in world-famous South Lake Tahoe.   

Echo Lake Camp is located in Echo Lake, CA near South Lake Tahoe. The address is:

Berkeley Echo Lake Camp
Lot #7 Echo Lakes Rd.
Echo Lake, CA 95721

Echo Lake Camp Office Phone #: (530) 659-7539 (Summer Months Only) 

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Echo Lake Family Camp (All Ages)  We are excited to offer a variety of camp programs at Echo Lake Camp in Summer 2016, including the return of Berkeley Sierra Family Camp, new Fish Camp sessions, 50+ Camps, and three Youth Residential Camp sessions. Like last summer, camp will be filled with great activities and incredible outdoor opportunities. The green chair circle, quiet hours, canoeing, the staff show, table night, theme days, tie-dye, campfires, and excellent swimming and hiking will all be a part of our Family Camp program, and new this year, Fish Camp campers can enjoy Echo Lake at their own pace. Of course, people make up the heart and soul of camp, and some of your favorite BTC staff-- full of Camp Spirit -- will be there to greet you. And you—the campers—will help keep the traditions, customs, and fun alive for generations of Berkeley campers to come.

Youth Camp (AGES 7-14)  Registration opens Monday, January 11, 2016!  Youth Camp is a five-day overnight summer camp available in three sessions. The goal of our staff is to create an exciting and nurturing environment where kids can develop self-confidence, teamwork, and try fun challenges. We want our youth to get a sense of connection with themselves, their friends, and the environment. Each cabin has a leader who emphasizes safety, leads recreational activities, and serves as a mentor. Daily activities include: canoeing, swimming, sports, all-camp games, fishing, archery, arts & crafts and hiking. In the evenings campers participate in events like a night hike, campfire, a dance, stargazing, or a talent show. Campers build fond memories and lasting friendships. 
Transportation Provided: Supervised transportation is provided for youth camp participants. A Charter Bus will transport campers to and from downtown Berkeley. Pickup is tentatively scheduled for 8:00 AM on Monday in front of the Berkeley Unified School District, 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (TENTATIVE), returning by 5:00 PM Friday, to the same location.  

  • Echo Lake Youth Camp 2016 Registration Form  (Coming Soon)
  • Echo Lake Youth Camp 2016 Health History Form (Coming Soon)
  • BELC: 2015 Parent Information Packet (Coming Soon)
  • Online Registration (Coming Soon) 
Fish Camp (All Ages):   Echo Lake Camp will offer two sessions of Fish Camp during Summer 2015. Fish Camp was a popular Tuolumne tradition, offering campers a laid-back, relaxed camp experience. Echo Lake Camp’s new Fish Camp honors that tradition, offering tent-lodging, three meals a day, and the opportunity for campers to enjoy camp at their own pace.  

Explore the incredible hiking, cycling, and sightseeing in the surrounding area or kick back with a book and enjoy the incredible views at camp. Some basic recreation programs will be offered, including canoeing and archery, and campers are welcome to enjoy our Recreation Lodge, observation deck, and Dining Hall at their leisure for games and social gatherings. 

2015 Fish Camp Dates: June 18-20 and August 28-September 8, 2016

50+ Camp Sessions:   Registration opens Monday, December 14!  Whether you want a quick getaway or a longer stay, Echo Lake Camp offers a great opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some fresh mountain air.  Stay put and enjoy camp-centered activities, hike along the Pacific Crest Trail or to nearby Echo Lakes, or simply kick back and enjoy a good book.  It’s up to you!  Swim in the heated swimming pool, or take a dip in Echo Lake.  Hike the Sierra, or participate in activities such as yoga, arts & crafts, or camp sing-a-longs.  All activities are based on the interests of campers and are camper-led. Please note:  Transportation is no longer provided for Echo Lake 50+ Camp Sessions.

Counselors-in-Training for Family and Youth Camp (AGES 15-16):   2016 Registration Opens Monday, January 11, 2016!  For Summer 2016, Echo Lake Camp has five (5) CIT sessions scheduled in conjunction with Family Camp, and three (3) CIT sessions scheduled in conjunction with Youth Camp programs.  Each session is one-week in length.  TRANSPORTATION IS PROVIDED FOR CIT SESSIONS 6-8 ONLY.  Our C.I.T. program provides a safe and structured environment for young teens to develop job skills, gain valuable experience, work and bond in a close-knit team, experience Echo Lake Camp from behind-the-scenes, and position themselves for possible employment at Echo. CIT Directors provide daily training and supervision, and the CITs spend several hours each day working with each staff member. With this rotation, the CITs are able to learn a variety of job skills and contribute more broadly to the camp’s success. CITs sleep in camper cabins, helping the counselors supervise the youth program.

Work Weekend June 10-12, and September 9-11, 2016:    Echo Lake Camp needs the help of skilled and genearl laborers to complete several work projects before our season begins.  This is a great opportunity to support Echo Lake Camp and the thousands of participants that enjoy this beautiful City of Berkeley location annually.

Family Camp Artists-in-Residence and Guest Chef Programs:  Echo Lake Camp will offer an Artist In Residence (AIR) and Guest Chef Program during our Family Camp Sessions.  We encourage artists and professional Chefs to apply to be part of the program.  Participants stay for free in exchange for art-related or special food service related programming offered to our campers. More information is available upon request.    

Echo Lake Camp Refund Policy:

All refund, change, and cancellation requests must be made in writing and sent to the City Of Berkeley Recreation Office, 1947 Center St. 1st Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704.

All requests for refund must be directed to the Recreation & Youth Services Manager. The original receipt must be submitted with a written request for refund. The request must state the reason for refund, date, time, and location of program.

Refund Policy: All refund requests are subject to a 25% administrative fee, not to exceed $150.00. Requests made less than 30 days prior to scheduled arrival are not eligible for a refund.

Changing Reservations: Changes resulting in a reduction of the reservation are subject to a $100 administrative service fee. No charges will be incurred for registration additions or extensions to your stay. Requests to reduce your stay or change your camp dates must be made at least 30 days prior to arrival date. Change requests made less than 30 days prior to arrival date are not eligible for a refund. Additions may be made less than 30 days in advance as space allows. Only the Head of Household may request a reservation change.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are subject to a 25% administrative fee, not to exceed $150.00. Cancellation requests made less than 30 days prior to scheduled arrival are not eligible for refund. Cancellation requests due to medical emergency or illness must be submitted in writing, accompanied by a doctor’s note, and received no later than 30 days following the scheduled date of attendance.

Late Fee: Reservations with unpaid balances at close of business day Friday, May 1, 2016 are subject to a $75.00 late fee. 

City of Berkeley Recreation Division Camps Unit
2701 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705
TEL: (510) 981-5140, TDD: (510) 981-6903, FAX: (510) 981-5160
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm
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