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 Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Closed due to Rim Fire (Forest Order STF 2014-01).
Backpacker's Camp (Campground) Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Baker Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open Closing October 13, 2014.
Beardsley Dam Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open.   Closing 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 Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Big Meadow Group Campground Open 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 Open 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 Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open.       No fees, No services beginning October 13, 2014.
Carlon Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. Stay within designated open area.
Carlon Falls Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open.
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 Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Closed due to Rim Fire (Forest Order STF 2014-01).
Cherry Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Closed due to Rim Fire (Forest Order STF 2014-01).
Chickaree Day Use Open 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 Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Loop A - OPEN. Closing October 13, 2014.   Loop B - CLOSED - September 15, 2014.
Clark Fork Horse Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open.  
Cottonwood Day Use Area Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open.  
Crandall / Deer Creek OHV Area Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - OPEN APRIL15th, 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 Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open.  Closing October 13, 2014.
Dimond O Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open.
Donnell Vista Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open
Emigrant Wilderness Open to Visitor Open. Wilderness Trailheads including Shingle Springs/Kibbie Ridge and Lake Eleanor on the Groveland Ranger District are closed due to the Rim Fire (Forest Order STF 2014-01). 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 - Open.    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 Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Closed due to Rim Fire (Forest Order STF 2014-01).
Hermit Valley Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Herring Creek Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open. No fee, No services beginning October 13, 2014.
Herring Reservoir Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open.     No fees, No services beginning October 13, 2014.
Highland Lakes Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Hull Creek / Trout Creek OHV Area Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - OPEN APRIL 15th, 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 Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - OPEN APRIL15th. 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 Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Closed due to Rim Fire (Forest Order STF 2014-01).
Lake Alpine Campground Open 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 Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. No garbage service - pack it in, pack it out.
Lumsden Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. No garbage service - pack it in, pack it out.
Lyons Reservoir Day Use Area (PG& E) Open to Visitor Open. Closes each year from November 1- May 1, seasonally.
Marmot Day Use Open 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. Stay within designated open area.
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 Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Niagara Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - September 15, 2014
Niagara OHV Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open. Closing 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 Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - OPEN.
Pacific Valley Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Pigeon Flat Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open. No fees, No services beginning October 13, 2014.
Pine Marten Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Pinecrest Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open. Closing 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.
Pioneer Trail Group Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open. 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 Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Closed due to Rim Fire (Forest Order STF 2014-01).
Rainbow Pool Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. Temporary Closure from September 22 to December 5, 2014 to repair the road, culverts, and parking. Stay within designated open area when open. No garbage service - pack it in, pack it out. Pets must be on a leash. Alchoholic beverages prohibited.
Rim of the World Vista Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open.
River Ranch Campground Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - OPEN March 1. 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 Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - OPEN.
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 Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Open. No fees, No services beginning October 13, 2014.
Sand Flat Campground (4wd only) Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Silver Valley Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Silvertip Campground Open 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 due to Rim Fire (Forest Order STF 2014-01).
Spicer Reservoir Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open.
Spicer Reservoir Area Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open.
Spicer Reservoir and Spicer Group Campgrounds Open 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 Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Closed due to Rim Fire (Forest Order STF 2014-01).
Tuolumne Wild & Scenic River Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Access restricted due to Rim Fire Closure (Forest Order STF 2014-01). Lumsden Road (1N10) is open between Ferretti Road and Lumsden Bridge including access to the Main Tuolumne/Merals Pool launch. Until the Forest Order is revised or expires, public access to the the Upper Tuolumne/Cherry Creek launch at Holm Powerhouse off of Cherry Lake Road (1N07) is limited to shuttle service only: 1-209-559-4605. 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 Open 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.