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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Andresen Mine Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Backpacker's Camp (Campground) Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve 
Baker Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108). This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Beardsley Dam Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Beardsley Reservoir Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Beardsley Dam Road (5N02) is OPEN
Big Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Big Meadow Group Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District- Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Black Oak Flat / TeleLi puLaya Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Black Springs OHV Area Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Bloomfield Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District- This campground is first-come, first-serve. 
Boulder Flat Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Bower Cave Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- No permit required to view the cave. Entering the cave is prohibited.
Brightman Flat Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Carlon Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District(HWY 120)-
Carlon Falls Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness Open to Visitor Winter conditions exist and oversnow travel is required during the winter season. Wilderness permits required year round. For the most recent conditions, contact the Ranger Station nearest to the area you intend to visit.
Cascade Creek Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Cherry Lake Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Motorboats not recommended due to low water level. Gate across spillway and dam open April 15 to December 15.
Cherry Valley Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Chickaree Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
China Flat Day Use Area Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
Clark Fork Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)-This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Clark Fork Horse Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) -This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Cottonwood Day Use Area Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
Crandall / Deer Creek OHV Area Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Dardanelle Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District(HWY 108) - This campground is first-come, first-serve.  
Deadman Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Dimond O Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Donnell Vista Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
Emigrant Wilderness Open to Visitor Winter conditions exist and oversnow travel is required during the winter season. Wilderness permits required year round. For the most recent conditions, contact the Ranger Station nearest to the area you intend to visit. 
Eureka Valley Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Fence Creek Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Fraser Flat Campground Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Fraser Flat Day Use Area & Fishing Piers Open to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Hamby Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Hermit Valley Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.  Bring drinking and washing water.
Herring Creek Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)-This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Herring Reservoir Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Highland Lakes Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Hull Creek / Trout Creek OHV Area Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Hull Creek Campground Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District-(HWY 108)
Hunter Creek OHV Area Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108). OHV, ATV, Motorcycle trails. Limited use. Restricted to N.F.T.S. roads. For more information and other OHV riding opportunities on Forest Service lands, please visit the California State Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov.
Indian Creek Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Lake Alpine Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Lake Alpine Recreation Area Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This area consists of Lake Alpine, Silvertip, Pine Martin, Silver Valley, Backpackers walk-in, and Lodgepole Overflow. This area is first-come, first-serve.
Little Golden Forest Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Interpretive Trail. Self-guided brochures available at Groveland Ranger Station.
Lodgepole Group Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Lodgepole Overflow Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)-
Lost Claim Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Lumsden Bridge Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Open all year with no fees.
Lumsden Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Open all year with no fees.
Lyons Reservoir Day Use Area (PG& E) Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)-Managed by PG&E
Marmot Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Meadowview Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
Middle Fork Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)
Mill Creek Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Mokelumne Wilderness Open to Visitor Winter conditions exist and oversnow travel is required during the winter season. Wilderness permits required year round. For the most recent conditions, contact the Ranger Station nearest to the area you intend to visit.
Mosquito Lakes Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Mosquito Lakes Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.  Bring drinking and washing water.
Niagara Creek Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Niagara OHV Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)- For more information and other OHV riding opportunities on Forest Service lands, please visit the California State Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov.
North Fork Day Use Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Pacific Valley Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Pigeon Flat Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Pine Marten Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Pinecrest Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)- Pinecrest campground is a reservation campground only. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Pines Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Pioneer Trail Group Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)- for winter camping Pioneer Trail is a group campground available on a reservation system during the spring and summer months. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.govor by calling (877) 444-6777.
Preston Falls Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)-Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Rainbow Pool Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- No alcoholic beverages or overnight camping. No garbage service – pack it in, pack it out.
Rim of the World Vista Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)-
River Ranch Campground Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108). Reservations can be made at 209-928-3708.
Riverside Day Use Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District- (HWY 108)
Sand Bar Flat Campground Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Sand Flat Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
Sand Flat Campground (4wd only) Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- campground is first-come, first-serve.
Silver Valley Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Silvertip Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Sourgrass Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
South Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Closed due to Rim Fire damages.
Spicer Reservoir Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Spicer Reservoir Area Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This area is first-come, first-serve.
Spicer Reservoir and Spicer Group Campgrounds Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)-Group Camp Only reservation can be made at (209) 296-8895.
Stanislaus River Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. 
Sweetwater Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)
Trumbull Peak Special Interest Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- No public motorized access from December 16 to April 14 due to seasonal road closures.
Tuolumne River Canyon Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Tuolumne Wild & Scenic River Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- A free, mandatory permit is required to float between Cherry Creek and Merals Pool and from Merals Pool to Ward's Ferry from May 1 to October 15. Permits can be picked up at the Groveland Ranger Station during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm).
Utica/Union Reservoirs Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- These campgrounds are first-come, first-serve.
Wa Ka Luu Hep Yoo (Wild River) Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.  "Special Event" July 9-12 and August 20-23 will close the back loop (campsites 26-52).
West Side Railroad Grade Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108). NO DRINKING WATER availible after parking area. Closed to motorized vehicles. Excellent spring wildflowers but hot temperatures. Bring extra drinking water.

Spotlights

North Fork Stanislaus River

The North Fork Stanislaus River provides outstanding opportunities for experienced whitewater enthusiasts. Boaters may paddle a five-mile, Class IV stretch of the river between Sourgrass, near Dorrington, and Calaveras Big Trees State Park, just east of Arnold. The run offers an exciting adventure through a spectacularly beautiful, heavily timbered, isolated canyon, with abundant wildlife and numerous Native American and Gold Rush era artifacts. Rafting trips may be taken with one of three commercial outfitters currently licensed to run this river (highly recommended, due to the demanding and technical nature of the river) or, you may organize a private trip. Whichever way you go, please be sure to "Leave No Trace" of your visit to the North Fork, so that future users will find it as beautiful and pristine as you did.

Fire Danger Level: Very High

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