Beardsley Dam Campground is located near Beardsley Dam on Forest Road 5N02 at the south end of Beardsley Reservoir. Turn left at the Beardsley Dam sign on Highway 108, 5 miles east of the Summit Ranger Station on Highway 108. Follow the paved road all the way across the dam to the campground. There are a total of 16 sites. The main road and parking pads are paved with the exception of the walk-in sites which are gravel. Restrooms are vault toilets. Each site has a table and metal fire ring. Potable water is available (07/01/2016); each hydrant serves several sites. A fee is charged for extra vehicle parking. There is no designated trail down to the reservoir.
At a Glance
Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Typically, Beardsley Dam Campground is open May through September, weather permitting.
First come, first serve. No reservations may be made for Beardsley Dam Campground.
The Forest Service operates Beardsley Dam Campground and charges the following fees:
$20.00 for a single-family site
April 26, 2016 - Oct 10, 2016
Camp in designated sites only. The number of people allowed in a single campsite is six. The maximum length of stay in any campground is 14 days. Campfire permits are not required in developed campgrounds. Do not burn plastic or metal. Please leave the area in as good (or better) condition than you found it. Often, locations destroyed by thoughtless campers must be closed to restore the area's natural health. Help ensure your favorite area remains open.
Communities with gas and/or groceries:
Cold Springs (last gas when traveling east)
Potable water is available, although filling of RVs is prohibited.
Several vault toilets are located throughout the campground. No RV dump station available.
Directions: 7 miles from Highway 108 on Beardsley Road.
Open areas along the shore of Beardsley Reservoir. Fishing, boat ramp, picnic, swimming and nature trail nearby at Beardsley Day Use Area, additional fishing on the Middle Fork Stanislaus River.
No. of Sites
Lake and Pond Fishing
Beardsley Reservoir is located on the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River.From Beardsley Dam downstrem to the U.S. Forest Service footbridge at Spring Gap, there are special fishing regulations per the Department of Fish and Wildlife.