Fence Creek Campground

Area Status: Closed
Fence Creek CampgroundFence Creek Campground Sign

Fence Creek Campground situated in a mixed conifer forest high above the Clark Fork of the Stanislaus River. It is located on Forest Road 6N06 off of Clark Fork Road. Turn left off of Highway 108 at Clark Fork Road, about 20 miles from the Summit Ranger Station. There are 38 sites; each site has a table and a fire ring. The main road and parking pads are dirt-surfaced. Potable water is not available. Toilets are vault-style. Fee charged for extra vehicle parking.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Fence Creek is once again available for use. This campground had been closed since the McCormick Fire of 2017 and the Donnell Fire of 2018. Although it is currently closed for the season it will be open again next summer. Questions? Call the Summit Ranger Station at 209-965-3434.
Reservations: First come, first served. No reservations may be made for Fence Creek Campground.
Fees: The Forest Service operates the Fence Creek Campground and charges the following fees: New campsite fee prices, 2024 & 2025 $15 per night and fee raises to $20 per night in 2026.   The America the Beautiful, Interagency Senior and Access Passes are honored and receive 50% off the nightly rate. Only applicable to the single site the pass holder occupies.  Pass number must be written on fee envelope. The Interagency Annual and Volunteer passes do not provide any discounts on camping.
Permit Info: If you wish to use a stove, grill, or have a campfire it is recommended, but not required, that you get a campfire permit.  This FREE Permit can be obtained at preventwildfiresca.org or at any ranger station. Do not burn plastic or metal. Please leave the area in as good (or better) condition than you found it.
Open Season: May - October
Restrictions: Camp in designated sites only. The number of people allowed in a single campsite is six. The maximum length of stay in any campground is 14 days. Please leave the area in as good (or better) condition than you found it. Often, locations destroyed by thoughtless campers must be closed to restore the area's natural health. Help ensure your favorite area remains open.
Closest Towns: Communities with gas and/or groceries:
  • Highway 108:
    • Sonora
    • Twain Harte
    • Cold Springs (last gas when traveling east)
    • Pinecrest
    • Strawberry
Water: Potable water is not available. Untreated water available from stream (if flowing). Treat water.
Restroom: Vault toilets are available in the campground. No RV dump station available.
Passes: The Interagency Senior and Interagency Access Passes are honored and provide a 50 percent discount on camping fees in the campground.  Pass number must be written on fee envelope or Pass must be shown to Host. The Interagency Annual and Volunteer passes do not provide any discounts on camping.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: 21 miles east of Pinecrest on Fence Creek Road, just off Clark Fork Road.

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Campground Camping

Forested area along small creek within the Clark Fork Recreation Area.

No. of Sites 38
Reservation Info first-come, first-served

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5,630 feet