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- Opens May 23. This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Baker Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District- OPEN April 24, 2015. This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Beardsley Dam Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - OPEN April 24, 2015. This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Beardsley Reservoir Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - Beardsley Dam Road (5N02) is OPEN at Hwy 108
Big Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-tentatively opening May 23. This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Big Meadow Group Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-tentatively opening May 23. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Black Oak Flat / TeleLi puLaya Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - OPEN April 24, 2015. This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Black Springs OHV Area Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District - Snowing
Bloomfield Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District- This campground is first-come, first-serve.  There is no water currently.  Bring drinking and washing water.
Boulder Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - This campground is first-come, first-serve.
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- Opens April 22,2015. This campground is first-come, first-serve.
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 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 - This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Cherry Lake Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. Motorboats not recommended due to low water level. Gate across spillway and dam open April 15 to December 15.
Cherry Valley Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District- Open. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Chickaree Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District
China Flat Day Use Area Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - OPEN.
Clark Fork Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District- OPEN April 24, 2015.This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Clark Fork Horse Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District- OPEN - April 24, 2015.This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Cottonwood Day Use Area Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - OPEN   
Crandall / Deer Creek OHV Area Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - OPEN
Dardanelle Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - This campground is first-come, first-serve.  
Deadman Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District- OPEN April 24, 2015.This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Dimond O Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District- Open. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Donnell Vista Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District - OPEN.
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 Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District- Opening April 22, 2015.This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Fence Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Fraser Flat Campground Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District - OPEN
Fraser Flat Day Use Area & Fishing Piers Open to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District -OPEN
Hamby Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Hermit Valley Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-This campground is first-come, first-serve.  Bring drinking and wash water.
Herring Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District-This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Herring Reservoir Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Highland Lakes Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-tentatively opening May 23. This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Hull Creek / Trout Creek OHV Area Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District-OPEN
Hull Creek Campground Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District-OPEN
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. This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Lake Alpine Recreation Area Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-tentatively opening May 23. This area consist of Lake Alpine, Silvertip, Pine Martin, Silver Valley, Backpackers walk-in, Lodgepole Overflow. This area is first-come, first-serve.
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- Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
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 Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District- Open. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
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) Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District-Managed by PG&E
Marmot Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District
Meadowview Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District- Opens May 20, 2015.
Middle Fork Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District- Open.
Mill Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - This campground is first-come, first-serve.
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 -
Mosquito Lakes Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-This campground is first-come, first-serve.  Bring drinking and wash water.
Niagara Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Niagara OHV Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District - CLOSED 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-This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Pigeon Flat Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District- Opening April 22, 2015. This campground is first-come, first-serve.
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. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Pines Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District- Open. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
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. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.govor by calling (877) 444-6777.
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 Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District. Reservations can be made at 209-928-3708.
Riverside Day Use Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District-OPEN
Sand Bar Flat Campground Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District-OPEN- Notice- as of 4/29/15 NO WATER is available at Sand Bar Flat. Please bring your own water.
Sand Flat Campground Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District- OPEN - April 24, 2015.
Sand Flat Campground (4wd only) Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-campground is first-come, first-serve.
Silver Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District- Opens May 23. This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Silvertip Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District- Opens May 23. This campground is first-come, first-serve.
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 Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District
Spicer Reservoir Area Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District- Opens May 23. This area is first-come, first-serve.
Spicer Reservoir and Spicer Group Campgrounds Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District-Group Camp Only reservation can be made at (209) 296-8895.
Stanislaus River Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District- Campground is first-come, first-serve.  No water available.  Bring drinking and wash water.
Sweetwater Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District - Open.
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 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- Opens May 23. These campgrounds are first-come, first-serve.
Wa Ka Luu Hep Yoo (Wild River) Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District- Opens May 23. This campground is first-come, first-serve.
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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