GEORGETOWN, Calif. April 7, 2020 – In alignment with current federal, state, and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure health and safety for visitors, employees and local communities, the Eldorado National Forest and its partners have decided to cancel the Georgetown Kids Fishing Derby that was planned for early June.

“We share the concern of community leaders during this time,” said Acting Forest Supervisor Liz Berger.

The Georgetown Kids Fishing Derby is co-sponsored by the Georgetown Divide Public Utilities District, El Dorado County Fish and Game Commission, Trout Unlimited, and the Georgetown Rotary, with assistance from the California Conservation Corps and Growlersberg Conservation Camp.

Fish stocking operations associated with the fishing derby are non-essential activities which are not being performed at this time. Meanwhile, all non-motorized trails in the forest are currently open. Hiking and walking outdoors are widely considered beneficial to maintaining one’s health, however, visitors are urged to respect Gov. Gavin Newsom’s shelter-in-place executive order and recreate locally.

Please keep health, safety and the environment in mind when visiting national forests and other public lands. Visitors are urged to avoid groups, and to “pack it in, pack it out” while public restrooms and trash removal are temporarily unavailable. Personal responsibility is critical to public health and safety. We ask that you consider whether your participation in outdoor recreation at this time would pose an unnecessary risk to others.

For the latest public health guidance on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control website at: . More information about the national response to COVID-19 can be found at:

Recreation updates for the Eldorado National Forest will be posted on the forest website . You can also contact our Virtual Services offices between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday:

  • Forest Supervisor’s Office – 530-303-2412
  • Georgetown Ranger District – 530-334-6477
  • Placerville/Pacific Ranger District – 916-500-4712
  • Amador Ranger District – 209-259-3774