Alerts & Notices

Cherry Valley Reservoir Drawdown

Boaters and campers will notice the level of Cherry Lake is decreasing. The San Francisco Power and Utility Company, owners and operators of the Cherry Valley Dam, must complete a significant drawdown of reservoir to allow critical dam valve repairs that would pose serious risk to dam and public safety if they are not repaired. The draw down began on July 15, with water levels dropping between two and five feet per day.

Vehicle access over Cherry Dam and motorized boat access to Cherry Lake will be restricted after September 4, 2017, or earlier if conditions require. Repairs will begin in early fall and are anticipated to be completed within four to six weeks of the draw down.

Storm Damage 2017

This winter a series of strong storms hit California, causing extensive damage to roads, trails, infrastructure and ecosystems on California's national forests. We have an interactive map, as well as photos and other information, that will help you determine where road damage has occurred and how it might impact your plans to visit the national forest.

While our information is kept as current as possible, please contact your local Forest Service office for the most complete and up-to-date information on road and trail damage or closures.

Safety First

Safety FirstPlease be aware of these alerts and notices because many unexpected situations can present difficult challenges for forest visitors.

Be well informed and prepared for your next visit to the forest.

Before venturing out, contact the nearest Forest Service office for recent information on alerts, advisories, notices and closures.

To report an emergency, please call 911.



  • Stanislaus National Forest Order STF-16-2018-01
  • Stanislaus National Forest Order STF-16-2017-08
  • Stanislaus National Forest Order STF-16-2017-07
  • Stanislaus National Forest Fall Fire Hire 2017
  • Stanislaus NF Order STF-16-2017-04
  • Environmental Analysis begins for replacing Bear Valley Ski Resort chair



Local Road & Weather Conditions

The weather can change suddenly and dramatically. Be prepared by monitoring road and weather conditions before you set out for the day.