Camping & Cabins

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View of scenic lake with tent camper

Camping is one of the most popular recreation activities in the Sierra National Forest. Situated in the Central Sierra Nevada, the Forest has several campgrounds located in a variety of settings. Pick your own spot, (dispersed area camping) is an option available throughout most of the Forest. All fees quoted are per site, per night and are subject to change.

Camping Information


The ideal camping time in most Forest areas is May to October, prior to winter storm activity. Reservation campgrounds are available, however some Forest campgrounds are operated on a first-come, first-served system. 

Most campgrounds fill quickly during holiday weekends, therefore visitors should come prepared to camp in undeveloped areas.

Most forest campgrounds will not accommodate oversized motor homes or camp trailers. Electric hook-ups are not available at Forest campgrounds, however, some privately operated sites located in surrounding communities provide electricity.

Campfire permits are always required on the Sierra National Forest, and you can obtain these permits in any our offices. 


  • Proper Food Storage
  • Keep a clean camp.
  • Never leave food in camp unattended.
  • If bear boxes are available use them to store all food and scented items.
  • Store all food and related supplies, including ice chests, in the trunk of your vehicle. Food should be sealed in air tight containers.
  • In vehicles without trunks, all food and related supplies must be stored out of sight.
  • Cover your food completely to hide it from a bear’s view.
  • Clean the inside of your vehicle and remove any open drink containers and food (including wrappers).
  • Consider removing your child’s car seat since they often have food spills and smells associated with them.
  • Do not leave food or ice chests on your picnic table or in tents. Dispose of all trash properly.


When in campgrounds, public beaches or on trails local ordinances require pets to be leashed. As a consideration to others, please refrain from taking pets to beach areas to prevent contamination. Domestic pets are allowed in wilderness areas. You are responsible for their actions as well as their welfare. Pets should either be leashed or under direct voice control. When camping in areas with other visitors, pets should be kept on a leash. Wilderness visitor’s who plan to travel into an adjacent National Park should be aware that National Parks do not permit pets.  

  • Clean up after your pet. It will only take a few minutes and there is no single action that will more favorably impress your fellow campers.

Click here for information of PG&E campgrounds. 

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  • Accessibility
    A continuing goal of the Forest is to provide as many recreation opportunities for everyone to experience the great outdoors.