Recreation

Where you'll find some of the best outdoor recreation opportunities in the Sierra Nevada. However you choose to recreate, you'll sure to have a wonderful experience on the Stanislaus National Forest.

To find your next recreation experience, decide where you'd like to explore: Highway 120, Highway 108, or Highway 4.

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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.
Arnot Creek Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is OPEN.
Backpacker's Camp (Campground) Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees.
Baker Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Beardsley Dam Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Beardsley Day Use Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This day-use area is OPEN. Lake level is full.
Beardsley Reservoir Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Beardsley Dam Road (5N02) is OPEN. Lake level is full.
Bell Meadow Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is OPEN.
Bennet Juniper Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Eagle Meadow Road into the site is OPEN.
Big Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4))- Open. This campground is first-come, first-serve. Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees,
Big Meadow Group Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.  Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees.
Black Springs OHV Area Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)-
Bloomfield Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees.
Boulder Flat Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Bower Cave Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- No permit required to view the cave. Entering the cave is prohibited.
Brightman Flat Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Carlon Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) - Open.
Carlon Falls Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Cascade Creek Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Cherry Lake Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) - Open. Gate across spillway and dam open April 15 to December 15.
Cherry Valley Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Open. Reservations 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 Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Day Use Area is OPEN.
Clark Fork Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Clark Fork Horse Camp Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Clark Fork Trailhead Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is OPEN.
Columns of the Giants Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trail and Trailhead are OPEN.
Cottonwood Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Day Use area will be closed on June 18, 2016 due to hazards within the site/area.
County Line Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is OPEN.
Coyote Meadows Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is accessible by wheeled vehicles, obstacles may exist along the trail.
Crabtree Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is OPEN.
Crabtree Cross-Country Ski Trailhead Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Crabtree Road is OPEN to highway-licensed vehicles.
Crandall / Deer Creek Open to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) Open. This campground is first come, first served.
Dardanelle Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Deadman Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Dimond O Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Open. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Disaster Creek Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is OPEN.
Donnell Reservoir Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Road accessing Donnell Reservoir is OPEN. Lake is full.
Donnell Vista Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trail and Trailhead are OPEN.
Eagle Meadow Horse Camp Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Horse Campground is OPEN.
Eureka Valley Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Fence Creek Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Fraser Flat Open to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) - Open. This campground is first come, first served.
Fraser Flat Fishing Pier Open to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) Open. Sites include parking, tables, restrooms and garbage services for a $5.00 fee.
Gianelli Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is OPEN.
Gooseberry Cross-Country Ski Trailhead Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Gooseberry Road is OPEN to highway-licensed vehicles.
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. Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees, No water-  Bring drinking and washing water.
Herring Creek Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Herring Reservoir Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Highland Lakes Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.  Some campsites will be closed due to Hazard Trees.
Highway 108 Sno-Park Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Highway 108 Sno-Park is CLOSED for the season.
Hull Creek Open to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) Open. This campground is first come, first served.
Hull Creek / Trout Creek Open to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) Open. This campground is first come, first served.
Hunter Creek 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.
Kennedy Meadows Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is OPEN.
Kerrick Horse Camp Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Horse Campground is OPEN.
Lake Alpine Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees.
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. Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees. Caltrans may close the gate due to weather at anytime. Please check Caltrans website at http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi.
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)- Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Lodgepole Overflow Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees
Lost Claim Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Open. NO DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area. Reservations 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. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Lumsden Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)-Open. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Lyons Reservoir (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 Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Mi Wok Ranger Station Open to Visitor
Middle Fork Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) - Open.
Mill Creek Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
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. Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees.
Niagara Creek Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Niagara OHV Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
North Fork 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. Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees.
Pigeon Flat Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Pine Marten Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees.
Pine Valley Horse Camp Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Horse Campground is OPEN.
Pinecrest Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-7666
Pinecrest Day Use Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Day Use Area is OPEN year-round.
Pinecrest Lake Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - OPEN year-round. Lake is full.
Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Trail Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trail can be hiked year-round.
Pines Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Open. No fees or water from October 4, 2015 to Spring 2016. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Pioneer Trail Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-7666
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)- Open. 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) - Open.
River Ranch 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 Open to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) Open. This campground is first come, first served.
Sand Flat Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Sand Flat Campground (4wd only) Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees. No Water. Bring drinking and washing water.
Seven Pines Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is accessible by vehicle. Trail is OPEN but obstacles may exist on the trail.
Shadow of the Me-Wuk Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - OPEN year-round.
Silver Valley Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees.
Silvertip Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees.
Sonora Pass Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)  - Trailhead is OPEN.
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 Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)-
Spicer Reservoir and Spicer Group Campgrounds Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)-Open for Memorial Day Holiday (Please call (209) 296-8895 for information and to make reservations). Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees.
St. Marys Pass Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is OPEN
Stanislaus River Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- Open. This campground is first-come, first-serve. Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees.
Sugar Pine Railway - Strawberry to Fraser Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trail and Trailhead are currently OPEN.
Summit Ranger Station Open to Visitor
Sweetwater Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Closed due to hazardous trees.
TeleLi puLaya (Black Oak) Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first come, first served.
Trail of the Gargoyles Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
Trail of the Survivors Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - OPEN year round.
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)- Open. This campground is first-come, first-serve. Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees.
Wa Ka Luu Hep Yoo (Wild River) Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.  Some campsites may be closed due to Hazard Trees. Campground back loop (campsites 26-52) will temporarily be closed on July 7-10 and July 14-17.
Waterhouse Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is accessible by wheeled vehicles, obstacles may exist along the trail.
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.
Wheats Meadow Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is OPEN.

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: High
Areas & Activities

Highlights