Wakalu Hep Yo (Wild River) Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open


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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) Campground is open. Please be self-reliant and bring your own soap, toilet tissue, hand sanitizer and drinking water, and be prepared to remain socially distant from others not in your group. Water is on.
Reservations: No reservations; first-come, first-served.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $20 per night
Open Season: May - Late fall
Best Season: Summer, early fall
Busiest Season: Mid-June to mid-August
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, seasonal
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


Take Highway 4 to Dorrington; turn onto Boards Crossing Road and continue five miles northeast to the campground.

General Notes:

Wakalu Hep Yo Campground is located within the Sourgrass Recreation Area; facilities include a picnic/day use area, river shore trails, and whitewater boat launch.

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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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