Cherry Lake

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
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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.

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Please use caution while in the
Rim Fire Burned Area.
Potential hazards include loose and falling rocks, flash floods, and debris flows.
Trees may have been weakened from fire damage and ongoing drought and may fall at any time.
Stay on designated roads and trails and within opened areas.
Be alert for falling objects and do not linger around large trees.
Avoid the area during high winds or heavy rain.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) Open

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.

General Notes:

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Camping & Cabins

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Dispersed Camping

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


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