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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Andresen Mine Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Arnot Creek Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Highway closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Clark Fork Rd junction due to snow.
Backpacker's Camp (Campground) Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Snow Covered 
Baker Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is scheduled to be OPEN before April 30, just in time for fishing season!
Beardsley Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This day-use area is currently open. Lake level is nearly full!!
Beardsley Dam Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is OPEN as of Monday April 26.  No fee is being charged until Friday April 29.  No water or trash service will be available during this week...
Beardsley Reservoir Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Beardsley Dam Road (5N02) is OPEN. Water level is nearly full, and expected to be full this spring/summer. 4/21/2016
Bell Meadow Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Road closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Crabtree Road due to snow.
Bennet Juniper Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Eagle Meadow Road into the site is currently closed due to snow. Waiting for the snow to melt along Eagle Meadows Road...
Big Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Snow Covered
Big Meadow Group Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Snow Covered
Black Springs OHV Area Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- Snow Covered
Bloomfield Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Snow Covered
Boulder Flat Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is currently closed.
Bower Cave Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- No permit required to view the cave. Entering the cave is prohibited.
Brightman Flat Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is scheduled to be OPEN before April 30, just in time for fishing season!
Carlon Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District(HWY 120) - Open.
Carlon Falls Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Cascade Creek Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is currently closed. Waiting for some snow to melt within the campground...
Cherry Lake Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Motorboats not recommended due to low water level. Gate across spillway and dam open April 15 to December 15.
Cherry Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Closed for the season. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Chickaree Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- Snow Covered
China Flat Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This day-use area is currently open.
Clark Fork Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Highway closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Clark Fork Rd. This campground is scheduled to be OPEN before April 30, just in time for fishing season!
Clark Fork Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is first-come, first-serve. Highway closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Clark Fork Rd.
Clark Fork Trailhead Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Highway closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Clark Fork Rd junction due to snow.
Columns of the Giants Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trail and trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Highway 108 open to Kennedy Meadows though snow may make access difficult on this trail.
Cottonwood Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Highway closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Clark Fork Rd.
County Line Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Highway closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Clark Fork Rd junction due to snow.
Coyote Meadows Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Road closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Herring Creek Road due to snow.
Crabtree Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Road closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Crabtree Road due to snow.
Crabtree Cross-Country Ski Trailhead Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Crabtree Road is currently closed to all wheeled and tracked vehicles.
Crandall / Deer Creek Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Dardanelle Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is closed for the season.
Deadman Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is scheduled to be OPEN before April 30, just in time for fishing season!
Dimond O Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Closed for the season. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Disaster Creek Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Highway closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Clark Fork Rd junction due to snow.
Donnell Reservoir Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Roads accessing Donnell Reservoir are currently closed. Expected to be open by April 30, fishing season! Water level is near the top of the dam. 4/21/2016
Donnell Vista Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trail and trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Highway 108 open to Kennedy Meadows though snow may make access difficult on this trail.
Eagle Meadow Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Horse Campground is currently closed. Waiting for the snow to melt along Eagle Meadows Rd...
Eureka Valley Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is scheduled to be OPEN before April 30, just in time for fishing season!
Fence Creek Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is first-com, first-serve. This campground is currently closed. Waiting for the snow to melt...
Fraser Flat Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) This campground is scheduled to open April 28,2016
Fraser Flat Fishing Pier Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Gianelli Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Road closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Crabtree Road due to snow.
Gooseberry Cross-Country Ski Trailhead Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Gate into Gooseberry Road is currently closed to wheeled and tracked vehicles.
Hamby Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Hermit Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.  Bring drinking and washing water. Snow covered
Herring Creek Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is currently closed. Waiting for the snow to melt along Herring Creek Road...
Herring Reservoir Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Campground is currently closed. Waiting for the snow to melt along Herring Creek Road...
Highland Lakes Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Snow Covered
Highway 108 Sno-Park Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Sno-Park facilities are open. Highway 108 gate at Sno-Park is open to wheeled traffic to Kennedy Meadows.
Hull Creek Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District-(HWY 108)
Hull Creek / Trout Creek Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Hunter Creek Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108). 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 (HWY 120)- Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Kennedy Meadows Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Highway 108 open to Kennedy Meadows though snow may make access difficult on this trail.
Kerrick Horsecamp Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Horse Campground is currently closed. Waiting for the snow to melt along Crabtree Road...
Lake Alpine Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Snow Covered
Lake Alpine Recreation Area Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This area consists of Lake Alpine, Silvertip, Pine Martin, Silver Valley, Backpackers walk-in, and Lodgepole Overflow. This area is first-come, first-serve. Caltrans may close the gate due to weather at anytime. Please check Caltrans website at http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi.
Little Golden Forest Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Interpretive Trail. Self-guided brochures available at Groveland Ranger Station.
Lodgepole Group Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777. Snow covered
Lodgepole Overflow Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)-
Lost Claim Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Closed for the season. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Lumsden Bridge Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)-Open. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Lumsden Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)-Open. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Lyons Reservoir (PG&E) Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)-Managed by PG&E. Scheduled to open May 1, 2016.
Marmot Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- Snow Covered
Meadowview Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is currently closed.
Middle Fork Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) - Open.
Mill Creek Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is currently closed. Waiting for the snow to melt within the campground raods...
Mosquito Lakes Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)-
Mosquito Lakes Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.  Bring drinking and washing water. Snow covered
Niagara Creek Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Campground is currently closed. Waiting for the snow to melt along Eagle Meadows Road...
Niagara OHV Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Campground is currently closed. Waiting for the snow to melt along Eagle Meadows Road...
North Fork Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Pacific Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Snow Covered
Pigeon Flat Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is scheduled to be OPEN before April 30, just in time for fishing season!
Pine Marten Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Pine Valley Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Campground is currently closed. Waiting for the snow to melt along Crabtree Road...
Pinecrest Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is scheduled to be OPEN before April 30, just in time for fishing season!
Pinecrest Lake Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - OPEN year-round. Lake is nearly full. 4/21/2016
Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Trail Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trail can be hiked year-round.
Pines Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Open. No fees or water from October 4, 2015 to Spring 2016. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Pioneer Trail Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Available for reservations during the spring and summer months. Until May 29, 2016, camping in Pioneer Campground is free. The vault toilet is open and maintained for campers to use, but no water or trash services will be available. Please pack-out your trash, thank you.
Preston Falls Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)-Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Rainbow Pool Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- 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 (HWY 120) - Open.
River Ranch Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108). Reservations can be made at 209-928-3708.
Riverside Day Use Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Sand Bar Flat Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Sand Flat Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Highway closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Clark Fork Rd. This campground is scheduled to be OPEN before April 30, just in time for fishing season!
Sand Flat Campground (4wd only) Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Snow Covered
Seven Pines Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Highway 108 open to Kennedy Meadows though snow may make access difficult on this trail.
Shadow of the Me-Wuk Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - OPEN year-round.
Silver Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Snow Covered
Silvertip Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Snow Covered
Sonora Pass Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)  - Highway closed to Sonora Pass Trailhead.  Not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Highway 108 closed at Kennedy Meadows.
Sourgrass Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)-
South Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Closed due to Rim Fire damages.
Spicer Reservoir Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)-
Spicer Reservoir Area Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- No snow, the road is being plowed.
Spicer Reservoir and Spicer Group Campgrounds Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)-Group Camp Only reservation can be made at (209) 296-8895. Campgrounds are closed but area is open for day use and recreation. Water level is very low. Recommend boats that can be hand launched due to the low water level. Snow covered
St. Marys Pass Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Highway 108 closed at Kennedy Meadows.
Stanislaus River Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Snow Covered
Sugar Pine Railway - Strawberry to Fraser Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trail and trailhead is currently open.
Summit Ranger Station Open to Visitor
Sweetwater Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Closed for the season. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
TeleLi puLaya (Black Oak) Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is OPEN as of Monday April 26.  No fee is being charged until Friday April 29.  No water or trash service will be available during this week...
Trail of the Gargoyles Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trail and trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Highway closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Herring Creek Road Junction due to snow.
Trail of the Survivors Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - OPEN year round.
Trumbull Peak Special Interest Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- 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 (HWY 120)- Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Tuolumne Wild & Scenic River Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- 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 Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Snow Covered
Wa Ka Luu Hep Yoo (Wild River) Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. 
Waterhouse Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Road closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Herring Creek Road due to snow.
West Side Railroad Grade Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108). NO DRINKING WATER availible after parking area. Closed to motorized vehicles. Excellent spring wildflowers but hot temperatures. Bring extra drinking water.
Wheats Meadow Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Highway closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Clark Fork Rd junction due to snow.

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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Highlights