Recreation

Recreation Information

A view of Florence Lake from a distance.Welcome to the Sierra National Forest, 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 Closes 10/01
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 Railroad Fire
Billy Creek Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Billy Creek, Lower Campground Closed to Visitor Tree Removal
Billy Creek, Upper Campground Closed to Visitor
Black Rock Campground Open to Visitor No Fees, No water, No trees
Bolsillo Campground Closed to Visitor
Bowler Group Campground Closed to Visitor
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
College Campground Closed to Visitor
Crane Valley Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-17-11
Deer Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Tree Removal
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 Open to Visitor
Dorabelle Campground Closed to Visitor
Dowville Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Dry Gulch Campground Open to Visitor
Fish Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Florence Lake Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Forks Campground Open to Visitor Limited first come first served sites available.
Fresno Dome Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-17-11
Fresno Dome Trail Open to Visitor Closed Westward Railroad Fire Closure
Gaggs Camp Campground Closed to Visitor
Gigantea Campground Closed to Visitor
Granite Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Gravel Flat Camping Area Open to Visitor
Greys Mountain Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-17-11
Indian Flat Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Jackass Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor
Jerseydale Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-17-11
Kelty Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Railroad Fire
Kinnikinnick Campground Closed to Visitor
Kirch Flat Campground Open to Visitor
Kirch Flat Group Campground Open to Visitor
Lewis Creek NRT 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 05-15-00-17-11
Lupine Cedar Bluff Campground Open to Visitor Operated by California Land Management
Mammoth Pool Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-17-11
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 Open to Visitor
Mckinley Grove Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Midge Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Mono Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Mono Hot Springs Campground Closed to Visitor
Nelder Grove Campground Closed to Visitor Railroad Fire
Nelder Grove Interpretive Picnic Area Closed to Visitor Railroad Fire
Pine Slope Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Pinepoint Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Placer Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-17-11
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 23 sites closed for tree removal.
Recreation Point Group Campground Open to Visitor
Redbud Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Redinger Campground Open to Visitor NO CAMPFIRE or CHARCOAL GRILLS PERMITTED
Rock Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-17-11
Rocky Point Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Sample Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor
Sawmill Flat Campground Closed to Visitor
Shadow Of Giants Trail Closed to Visitor Railroad FIre
Shawdow Of The Giants Nrt Trailhead Closed to Visitor Railroad Fire Closure
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 05-15-00-17-11
Soquel Campground Closed to Visitor Railroad Fire
Spring Cove Campground Closed to Visitor
Summerdale Campground Closed to Visitor Railroad Fire
Swanson Campground Closed to Visitor Public Safety Hazard
Sweetwater Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-17-11
Texas Flat Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order 05-15-00-17-11
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 05-15-00-17-11
Upper Kings Group Campground Closed 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
Ward Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Wee-mee-kute Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
West Kaiser Campground Closed to Visitor Rough Road Conditions
Westfall Picnic Site Closed to Visitor Railroad Fire
Whiskers Campground Closed to Visitor
Whisky Falls Campground Closed to Visitor
Willow Placer Campground (BLM) Open to Visitor Operated by the Bureau of Land Management
Wishon Boating Site Open to Visitor
Wishon Point Campground Open to Visitor