Wakalu Hep Yo (Wild River) Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Campground closed, no water and no services. Primitive camping allowed - Pack it in, Pack it out.


Wakalu Hep Yo Campground Entrance SignNorth Fork Stanislaus River Wakalu Hep Yo Campground Wakalu Hep Yo Information Board Wakalu Hep Yo Fee Site Wakalu Hep Yo Campground

For over 2000 years the Miwuk people lived seasonally in this canyon, gathering food, and fishing the river.  The Miwuk word WaKaLuu means river and Hep Yoo describes an untamed or wild force of nature.  This beautiful campground is set in mature conifer and oak forest on the North Fork Stanislaus River.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Open
Operational Hours: Campground closed, no water and no services. Primitive camping allowed - Pack it in, Pack it out.
Reservations: No reservations. First-come, first-serve.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Busiest Season: holiday weekends
Closest Towns: Emergency medical services available at the Arnold Medical Clinic in the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold, or at Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital in San Andreas (Highway 49). Gas, groceries, camping supplies are available in Arnold and Camp Connell.
Water: potable
Restroom: Flush and Vault
Passes: Senior and Access America the Beautiful and Golden passes accepted, reduces camping fee to half-price per night.
Operated By: Forest Service - Campground Host on-site

General Information


Highway 4 to Dorrington, northeast on Boards Crossing Road.

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Picnic tables
Drinking water
Interpretive Site Visitor interpretive programs are offered in the summer.
Toilets with showers
Tent camping
Accessible partially accessible
Camping trailer
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