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) Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Closed
Baker Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Opening on April 26th.
Beardsley Dam Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Opening on May 1st. For current road conditions please visit, http://tridamproject.com/.
Big Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Closed.
Big Meadow Group Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Closed.
Black Oak Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District. Opening May 17th.
Black Springs OHV Area Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - no restrictions
Bloomfield Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Closed.
Boulder Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Opening on April 25th.
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. Opening on April 25th.
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. Opening on May 26th.
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 Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Opening on April 25th.
Clark Fork Horse Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Opening on April 25th.
Cottonwood Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Opening on April 25th.
Crandall / Deer Creek OHV Area Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - OPEN APRIL15th, 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.
Dardanelle Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Opening on April 25th.
Deadman Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Opening on April 25th.
Dimond O Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open to Personal Use Fuelwood Permit Holders Only. No overnight camping permitted until Friday, April 25th.
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 Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Opening on April 25th.
Fence Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Opening on May 26th.
Fraser Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - OPEN April 25th, 2014.
Fraser Flat Day Use Area and Fishing Piers Closed to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District - OPEN Apil 25th,2014. Walk in, okay. Opening day of trout fishing begins the last Saturday of April. Contact Department of Fish and Wildlife for more information.
Hamby Trail Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Closed due to Rim Fire (Forest Order STF 2014-01).
Hermit Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Closed.
Herring Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed.
Herring Reservoir Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed.   
Highland Lakes Closed 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 Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Closed
Lake Alpine Recreation Area Closed to Visitor Some Lake Alpine area campgrounds are closed.  Call the Calaveras Ranger District for current conditions 209-795-1381
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 Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open, Maximum Length of Stay - 48 hours
Lost Claim Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open to Personal Use Fuelwood Permit Holders Only. No overnight camping permitted until Friday, April 25th.
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) Closed to Visitor Seasonal Closure from November 1 to May 1 each year.
Marmot Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Open
Meadowview Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Opening May 26th.
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. Opening May 26th.
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 - Closed
Niagara Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Opening on May 26th.
Niagara OHV Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Opening on May 26th. 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 - Closed.
Pacific Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Closed.
Pigeon Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Opening on April 25th
Pine Marten Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Closed
Pinecrest Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Loops D and E open on a first come first serve basis. Pinecrest campground is a reservation campground only. For reservations please contact, www.recreation.gov.
Pines Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. Free until Friday, April 25th - no water or garbage service currently available.
Pioneer Trail Group Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Opening on May 26th. 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. Stay within designated open area. 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 Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - CLOSED.
Sand Bar Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - CLOSED. Campground will be closed June through December, 2013 due to PG & E Construction Activity. We apologize for any inconvenience. Road is not advisable for large RVs and trailers. Road is steep, narrow and is not paved past Fraser Flat Campground. 
Sand Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Closed. Opening on April 25th.
Sandy Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Closed.
Silver Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Closed
Silvertip Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Closed
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 and Spicer Group Campgrounds Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Closed.
Stanislaus River Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Closed.
Sweetwater Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open to Personal Use Fuelwood Permit Holders Only. No overnight camping permitted until Friday, April 25th.
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. Campfire Permits are required.
Wa Ka Luu Hep Yoo (Wild River) Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Closed.
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.