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Tuolumne County, CA — A popular family camp destroyed by the Rim Fire will reopen in the South Lake Tahoe area for the summer.

The City of Berkeley’s Tuolumne Family Camp, formerly located near the entrance of Yosemite, has been moved to its temporary home at Echo Lake Camp. It is now called the Berkeley Sierra Family Camp at Echo Lake. There will be five weeks of family camp and slots are filling up fast.

City of Berkeley Spokesperson Matthai Chakko says, “The registration has been intense. We had 1,800 camp nights signed up by 2 o’clock on the first day.”

The Berkeley Tuolumne Camp had been in operation since 1922. Chakko adds by moving the camp they are trying to keep the tradition going even if it is in a limited fashion. There is no word when the original camp could be reopened.

“It’s a complicated process because it’s (Tuolumne Camp land) owned by the U.S. Forest Service. We’ve begun discussions with them about developing a master plan. That whole process will take some time.”

Chakko adds that the city will review if Echo Lake is the best spot for the camp next year, but no permanent decision has been made.