Recreation

[Photograph]:  A Wilderness Lake.

Located between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite in the Sierra Nevada, the Stanislaus National Forest is a cherished and accessible overnight destination. The Forest offers a full range of year-round recreation opportunities. Three primary trans-Sierra routes—4, 108 and 120—traverse the forest, offering great views through a range of life zones (3,000' - 9,500+'). A network of forest roads and trails encourages discovery of nature and history. Visitors enjoy a year-round variety of activities including watching wildlife, hiking, fishing, camping, picnicking, and off-road vehicle use.

To view A LIST OF CAMPGROUNDS and RECREATION SITES with their Current Conditions, please scroll down this page.

To use our web site to help you plan your visit to the Forest, navigate by choosing your planned recreational activity in the left menu. If you have a favorite area in mind, follow the "Find An Area" link in the right-hand column. The current status of the more popular campgrounds is listed in the table below the map with a link to more information.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Andresen Mine Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Backpacker's Camp (Campground) Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Baker Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - October 13, 2014.
Beardsley Dam Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - October 13, 2014.
Beardsley Reservoir Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open. Boat Dock is now in the water approximately three feet. Large boats may be difficult to launch due to shallow / low water this year. Please use caution. 
Big Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Big Meadow Group Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open.
Black Oak Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - September 15, 2014.
Black Springs OHV Area Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - no restrictions
Bloomfield Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Boulder Flat Campground Closed to Visitor  Summit Ranger District - CLOSED      
Bower Cave Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. No permit required to view the cave. Entering the cave is prohibited.
Brightman Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - No fees, No services beginning October 13, 2014.
Carlon Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open.
Carlon Falls Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness Open to Visitor Open. For the most recent conditions, contact the Ranger Station nearest to the area you intend to visit.
Cascade Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - September 15, 2014.
Cherry Lake Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. Accessible only by Cherry Lake Road/Forest Route 1N07 since portion of Cottonwood Road/Forest Route 1N04 closed (Rim Fire Road Closure Order STF 2014-14). Motorboats not recommended due to low water level.
Cherry Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Closed.
Chickaree Day Use Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
China Flat Day Use Area Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open. Beardsley Dam Road (5N02) is open at Highway 108.
Clark Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Loop A - CLOSED - October 6, 2014. No fees, no services. Please pack out all trash.  Loop B - CLOSED - September 15, 2014. 
Clark Fork Horse Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - October 13, 2014
Cottonwood Day Use Area Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open.  
Crandall / Deer Creek OHV Area Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - Closing after Dec.15th, 2014. Fraser Flat Bridge is under construction. Forest Route 4N01 is closed at Highway 108. For Crandall Peak access, contact the Mi Wok Ranger Station for alternate route. (209) 586-3234. 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.
Dardanelle Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED  
Deadman Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - Closing October 13, 2014.
Dimond O Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Closed.
Donnell Vista Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open
Emigrant Wilderness Open to Visitor Open. For the most recent conditions, contact the Ranger Station nearest to the area you intend to visit. 
Eureka Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - No fees, No services beginning October 13, 2014.
Fence Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - September 15, 2014.
Fraser Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - CLOSED - September 15, 2014. Bridge is under construction as of Sept. 3, 2014. Forest Route 4N01 is closed at Highway 108. Contact Mi Wok District Office for alternate route (209) 586-3234. 
Fraser Flat Day Use Area and Fishing Piers Closed to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District -CLOSED September15, 2014. Bridge is under construction. Forest Route 4N01 is closed at Highway 108. Contact the Mi Wok Ranger Station for alternate route (209) 586-3234.
Hamby Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Hermit Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Herring Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - No fee, No services beginning October 13, 2014.
Herring Reservoir Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - No fees, No services beginning October 13, 2014.
Highland Lakes Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Hull Creek / Trout Creek OHV Area Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - Closes after Dec15th, 2014. 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.
Hull Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - Closing November 3rd, 2014 for season. 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.
Hunter Creek OHV Area Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - CLOSED DUE TO THE RIM FIRE. FOR FIRE INFORMATION, PLEASE VIEW www.inciweb.org/incident/3660/. 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 - Open. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Lake Alpine Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Lake Alpine Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Little Golden Forest Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. Interpretive Trail. Self-guided brochures available at Groveland Ranger Station.
Lodgepole Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Lodgepole Overflow Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Closed, Maximum Length of Stay - 48 hours.  Only open when the Alpine Lake basin is full.
Lost Claim Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Closed.
Lumsden Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Closed November 3rd to 28th during vault toilet replacement project.
Lumsden Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open.
Lyons Reservoir Day Use Area (PG& E) Closed to Visitor Open. Closing November 1, 2014. Will reopen May 1, 2015 PG & E. 
Marmot Day Use Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Meadowview Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED
Middle Fork Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open.
Mill Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - September 15, 2014.
Mokelumne Wilderness Open to Visitor Open, but under snow. 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 -  No service, no water, no amenities. 
Mosquito Lakes Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Niagara Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - September 15, 2014
Niagara OHV Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - October 13, 2014. 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 Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - Closing November 3rd, 2014 for season. Road 3N01 will close December 15th, 2014 for season.  
Pacific Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Pigeon Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - No fees, No services beginning October 13, 2014.
Pine Marten Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Pinecrest Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - October 13, 2014. Pinecrest campground is a reservation campground only. For reservations please contact, www.recreation.gov
Pines Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. No fees starting October 6, 2014 through winter season (no water available)
Pioneer Trail Group Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - OPEN for winter camping starting October 13, 2014. No fees, No services, No reservations. Please pack out trash. Pioneer Trail is a group campground available on a reservation system during the spring and summer months. For reservations please contact, www.recreation.gov
Preston Falls Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Rainbow Pool Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - 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 - Open.
River Ranch Campground Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - Closing November 1, 2014 for season.  Some private and some public camp sites. Public sites are first come, first served. Contact Campground Manager for Reservations: (209) 928-3708.
Riverside Day Use Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - Closing November 3rd, 2014 for season..
Sand Bar Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - CLOSED. Campground will be closed June through December, 2013 and all of 2014 due to PG & E Construction Activity. Road to Campground (4N85) and (4N88 from Intersection of 4N85) CLOSED also. We apologize for any inconvenience. Campground and roads will reopen 2015.
Sand Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - October 6, 2014 - No fees, no services. Please pack out all trash.
Sand Flat Campground (4wd only) Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Silver Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Silvertip Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Sourgrass Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open.
South Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Closed.
Spicer Reservoir Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open.
Spicer Reservoir Area Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open.
Spicer Reservoir and Spicer Group Campgrounds Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open.
Stanislaus River Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open.
Sweetwater Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Closed.
Trumbull Peak Special Interest Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open.
Tuolumne River Canyon Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Tuolumne Wild & Scenic River Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. A free, mandatory permit is required to float between Cherry Creek and Merals Pool and from Merals Pool to Ward's Ferry from May 1st to October 15th. 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 - Dispersed Camping allowed outside of recreation area. Campfire Permits are required.
Wa Ka Luu Hep Yoo (Wild River) Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open 
West Side Railroad Grade Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - Open. 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.