Recreation

A view of Florence Lake from a distance.Recreation use on the Sierra National Forest spans all seasons. People visit the forest for camping, horseback riding, swimming, picnicking, biking and hiking opportunities. Visitors also enjoy fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, fall-colors, skiing, snowshoeing, and off-highway-vehicle, motorcycle and snowmobile riding.

The Sierra National Forest represents experiences through five wilderness areas; two nationally designated wild and scenic rivers; three nationally designated trails, and two national scenic byways.

The Sierra’s proximity to Yosemite, Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks; and the Inyo National Forest with their many trails, high peaks, rivers, deep canyons, wilderness and big trees defines the forest as “United in Breathtaking Tranquility.”

We pride ourselves of the wide variety of natural beauty and recreational opportunities offered to the American public. Begin your adventure today.

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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Badger Flat Campground Closed to Visitor
Badger Flat Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Bear Cove Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Bear Wallow Camping Area Open to Visitor
Big Sandy Campground Closed to Visitor Public Safety Concern
Billy Creek Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Billy Creek, Lower Campground Closed to Visitor
Billy Creek, Upper Campground Closed to Visitor
Black Rock Campground Open to Visitor NO FEE's - No water, No trees. First come first served.
Bolsillo Campground Open to Visitor
Bowler Group Campground Open to Visitor Pack it in, Pack it out. No services
Bretz Mill Campground Open to Visitor
Buck Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor
Catavee Campground Closed to Visitor
Chilkoot Campground Closed to Visitor
China Bar Camping Area Open to Visitor Walk-in only
Clover Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor High Clearance Vehicles Only
College Campground Closed to Visitor
Crane Valley Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-18-03
Deer Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Denver Church Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Dinkey Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Dinkey Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Dinkey Fisherman Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Dirt Flat Campground Closed to Visitor
Dorabelle Campground Closed to Visitor
Dorabelle Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Dowville Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Dry Gulch Campground Closed to Visitor
Eastwood Visitor Information Site Closed to Visitor Open 7 Days per Week 0800-4:30PM
Fish Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Florence Lake Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Forks Campground Closed to Visitor Limited first come first served sites available.
Fresno Dome Campground Closed to Visitor
Fresno Dome Trail Open to Visitor Closed Westward Railroad Fire Closure
Gaggs Camp Campground Closed to Visitor
Gigantea Campground Closed to Visitor Currently being cleaned up
Granite Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Gravel Flat Camping Area Open to Visitor
Greys Mountain Campground Closed to Visitor
Indian Flat Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Jackass Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor
Jerseydale Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-18-03
Kelty Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor
Kinnikinnick Campground Closed to Visitor
Kirch Flat Campground Open to Visitor
Kirch Flat Group Campground Open to Visitor
Lewis Creek National Recreation Trail Open to Visitor Open
Lewis Creek Trail Nrt Trailhead Open to Visitor
Lily Pad Campground Closed to Visitor Operated by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) 1-916-386-5164
Little Jackass Campground Open to Visitor
Lone Sequoia Trailhead Closed to Visitor Fire
Lower Chiquito Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-18-03
Lupine Cedar Bluff Campground Open to Visitor Operated by California Land Management
Mammoth Pool Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-18-03
Marmot Rock Campground Closed to Visitor No Running Water, Operated by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) 1-916-386-5164
Mcclendon Beach Day Use Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Mckinley Grove Picnic Site Closed to Visitor Historical site and nature trail.
Miami Creek OHV Area Closed to Visitor Forest Order 05-15-51-18-13
Midge Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Mono Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Mono Hot Springs Campground Closed to Visitor
Nelder Grove Campground Open to Visitor Shadow of the Giants Trail CLOSED
Nelder Grove Interpretive Picnic Area Open to Visitor Shadow of the Giants Trail CLOSED
Pine Slope Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Pinepoint Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Placer Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-18-03
Portal Forebay Campground Closed to Visitor
Railroad Flat Campground (BLM) Open to Visitor Operated by the Bureau of Land Management
Rancheria Campground Closed to Visitor
Recreation Point Group Campground Open to Visitor
Redbud Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Redinger Campground Open to Visitor NO CAMPFIRE or CHARCOAL GRILLS PERMITTED
Rock Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-18-03
Rocky Point Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Sample Meadow Campground Open to Visitor
Savage/lundy Trail Closed to Visitor Forest Order 05-15-51-18-13
Sawmill Flat Campground Closed to Visitor
Shadow Of Giants Trail Closed to Visitor Forest Order 05.15.51.18.01
Shawdow Of The Giants Nrt Trailhead Closed to Visitor Forest Order 05.15.51.18.01
Smalley Cove Campground Open to Visitor Operated by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) 1-916-386-5164
Soda Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-18-03
Soquel Campground Closed to Visitor
Spring Cove Campground Closed to Visitor
Summerdale Campground Closed to Visitor
Swanson Campground Closed to Visitor Public Safety Hazard
Sweetwater Campground Closed to Visitor
Texas Flat Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-18-03
The Falls Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Trapper Springs Campground Closed to Visitor No Running Water, Operated by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) 1-916-386-5164
Upper Chiquito Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-18-03
Upper Kings Group Campground Open to Visitor Operated by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) 1-916-386-5164
Vermillion Campground Closed to Visitor
Voyager Rock Camping Area Closed to Visitor Will open with the Dusy Ershim Trail, on August 1st.
Ward Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Way of the Mono Trail Closed to Visitor
Wee-mee-kute Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
West Kaiser Campground Closed to Visitor Rough Road Conditions
Westfall Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Whiskers Campground Closed to Visitor
Whisky Falls Campground Open to Visitor
Willow Placer Campground (BLM) Open to Visitor Operated by the Bureau of Land Management
Windy Point Dispersed Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Wishon Boating Site Open to Visitor
Wishon Point Campground Closed to Visitor
Areas & Activities


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