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-Tentative open date: May 23
Baker Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District- Tentatively opening April 24
Beardsley Dam Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - October 13, 2014.
Beardsley Reservoir Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Beardsley Dam Road (5N02) is OPEN at Hwy 108 - January 5, 2015.
Big Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-tentatively opening May 23
Big Meadow Group Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-tentatively opening May 23
Black Oak Flat / Teleli Pulaya 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-tentatively opening May 23
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- Tentatively opening April 22
Carlon Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District
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 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 Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - September 15, 2014.
Cherry Lake Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. Motorboats not recommended due to low water level. Gate across spillway and dam closed December 16 to April 14.
Cherry Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District …………… tentatively opening May 15th (reservation dates: May 22-Sept. 20)
Chickaree Day Use Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District
China Flat Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED. Beardsley Dam Road (5N02) is open at Highway 108.
Clark Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District- Tentatively opening April 24
Clark Fork Horse Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District- Tentatively opening April 24
Cottonwood Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED   
Crandall / Deer Creek OHV Area Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - tentatively opening April 15
Dardanelle Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED  
Deadman Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District- Tentatively opening April 24
Dimond O Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District tentatively opening April 24th (reservation dates: May 22-Sept. 20)
Donnell Vista Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED for the winter season.
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 Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District- Tentatively opening April 24
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-tentatively opening April 15
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-tentatively opening May 23
Hull Creek / Trout Creek OHV Area Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District-Tentative open date: April 15
Hull Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District-tentatively opening April 15
Hunter Creek OHV Area Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District. 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-tentatively opening May 23
Lake Alpine Recreation Area Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-tentatively opening May 23
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 Calaveras Ranger District reservations for summer can be made at www.Recreation.gov
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 - tentatively opening April 24th (reservation dates: May 22-Sept. 13)
Lumsden Bridge Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District- Open all year with no fees.
Lumsden Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District- Open all year with no fees.
Lyons Reservoir Day Use Area (PG& E) Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District-tentatively opening May 1
Marmot Day Use Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District
Meadowview Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District- Tentatively opening May 20
Middle Fork Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District
Mill Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED - September 15, 2014.
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 -  No service, no water, no amenities. 
Mosquito Lakes Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-tentatively opening May 23
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-Tentative open date: April 1
Pacific Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-tentatively opening May 23
Pigeon Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District- Tentatively opening April 22
Pine Marten Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-tentatively opening May 23
Pinecrest Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Loops D & E OPEN March 14, 2015. Pinecrest campground is a reservation campground only. For reservations please contact, www.recreation.gov
Pines Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - open all year and will begin collecting fees on first-come first serve basis tentatively April 24th (reservation dates: May 22-Sept. 13).
Pioneer Trail Group Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED for winter camping 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
River Ranch Campground Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District
Riverside Day Use Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District-tentatively opening April 1
Sand Bar Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District-tentatively opening April 15
Sand Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District- Tentatively opening April 24
Sand Flat Campground (4wd only) Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-tentatively opening May 23
Silver Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-tentatively opening May 23
Silvertip Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-tentatively opening May 23
Sourgrass Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District
South Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - closed due to Rim Fire damages.
Spicer Reservoir Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District
Spicer Reservoir Area Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-tentatively opening May 23
Spicer Reservoir and Spicer Group Campgrounds Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-Tentative open date: May 23
Stanislaus River Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District- tentatively opening May 23
Sweetwater Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District tentatively opening April 24th
Trumbull Peak Special Interest Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. 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 - 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 Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-tentatively opening May 23
Wa Ka Luu Hep Yoo (Wild River) Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-tentatively opening May 23
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.

Fire Danger Level: Low

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