Brightman Flat

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Brightman Campground is situated in a mixed conifer forest along the banks of the Stanislaus River. It is located 21 east of the Summit Ranger Station on Highway 108. There are two entrances to the campground and a total of 33 sites. The main road and parking pads are dirt. Restrooms are vault toilets. Each site has a table and metal fire ring. Potable water is not available. A fee is charged for extra vehicle parking. There is no designated trail down to the river. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)- This campground is closed for the season.
Operational Hours: Typically, Brightman Campground is open May through September, weather permitting.
Reservations: First come, first served. No reservations may be made for Brightman Flat Campground. 
Fees Dodge Ridge Corporation operates Brightman Campground and charges the following fees:
  • $15.00 for a single-family site
Dodge Ridge Corporation operates this campground under a special use permit administered by the Forest Service. The fees paid by concessionaires finance the refurbishment of facilities in the campgrounds they operate.
Open Season: April 2016
Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: Communities with gas and/or groceries:
  • Highway 108:
    • Sonora
    • Twain Harte
    • Cold Springs (last gas when traveling east)
    • Pinecrest
    • Strawberry
    • Dardanelle Resort
Water: Potable water is not available. Untreated water available from stream (if flowing). Treat water.
Restroom: Several vault toilets are located throughout the campground. No RV dump station available.
Operated By: Dodge Ridge Corporation

General Information

Directions: 22 miles east of Pinecrest on Highway 108.

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Forested area along the Middle Fork Stanislaus River within the Brightman Recreation Area. Fishing on the Middle Fork Stanislaus River (upper). Food, gas, and other services available nearby at Dardanelles Resort and Kennedy Meadows Resort. Food, gas, and other services available nearby at Dardanelles Resort and Kennedy Meadows Resort. Fishing on the Middle Fork Stanislaus River (upper).
Reservation Infofirst-come, first-served
No. of Sites32

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