Cherry Lake

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
Cherry Lake Cherry Lake

Fish and boat on the largest lake on the Forest. Open all year, road access subject to winter closure. Cherry Lake visitors enjoy camping, boating, swimming, fishing and hiking. Recreation facilities include a boat launch and vault restrooms. There is no cell service or fuel services at Cherry Lake so please plan accordinly. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: ...
Reservations: No Reservations Required
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Toilets,Parking
Fees N/A
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Memorial Day to Labor Day
Busiest Season: Holidays
Restrictions: Lake Camping restricted to 100ft above high water line.
Closest Towns: Tuolumne City, Sonora, and Groveland
Restroom: Vault Toilets at Boat Ramp
Operated By: US Forest Service in Partnership with City and County of San Francisco

General Information


Travel from Groveland: The Cherry Valley Campground can be reached from Hwy 120 using Cherry Lake Road (Forest Road 1N07). Travel east from Groveland, California about 13.8 miles. Turn left on Cherry Lake Road. Continue on Cherry Lake Road for approximately 23.5 miles to Cottonwood Road (Forest Road 1N04). Turn left and travel approximately a half mile north.  You will see the Cherry Valley Campground sign, then turn right towards the campground.

Travel from Tuolumne, California:  Take Buchanan Road, which turns into Cottonwood Road (Forest Road 1N04). Travel approximately 30 miles to the Cherry Valley Campground sign, then turn left into the campground.

NOTE: The Tuolumne route is advisable for visitors in RVs and or towing equipment. Cherry Lake Road is narrow and steep and not advised for RVs or trailers.

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Dispersed Camping

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Dispersed camping is available around the lake at least 100 feet from the high water mark.


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Tent camping Dispersed camping around the Lake
Parking Park in designated gravel lots. No parking on the dam or blocking the launch.
Toilets Located at boat ramp
Boat ramp
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