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 Forest Order Closure
Badger Flat Group Campground Closed to Visitor Forest Order Closure
Bear Cove Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Big Sandy Campground Closed to Visitor
Billy Creek Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Billy Creek, Lower Campground Closed to Visitor For Season
Billy Creek, Upper Campground Closed to Visitor For Season
Black Rock Campground Closed to Visitor NO FEE's - No water, No trees. First come first served.
Bolsillo Campground Closed to Visitor
Bowler Group Campground Closed 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 For Season
Chilkoot Campground Closed to Visitor
China Bar Camping Area Closed to Visitor Walk-in only
Clover Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor High Clearance Vehicles Only
Cold Springs Summit Interpretive Site (minor) Closed to Visitor
College Campground Closed to Visitor
Courtright Boat Launching Site Closed to Visitor
Courtright Geological Interpretive Site Closed to Visitor
Crane Valley Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order
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 Forest Order Closure
Dirt Flat Campground Open to Visitor
Dorabelle Campground Closed to Visitor
Dorabelle Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Dowville Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Dry Gulch Campground Open 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
Gaggs Camp Campground Closed to Visitor
Gigantea Campground Closed to Visitor
Granite Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Gravel Flat Camping Area Open to Visitor
Greys Mountain Campground Closed to Visitor
Helms Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Hite Cove Trail Open to Visitor
Huntington Boat Ramp & Launching Site Closed to Visitor
Indian Flat Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Jackass Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor For Season
Jerseydale Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order
Kamook Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Kelty Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor
Kinnikinnick Campground Closed to Visitor For Season
Kirch Flat Campground Open to Visitor Loop 12S15C Closed Up River Loop
Kirch Flat Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Lakeside Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Le Conte Divide Scenic Overlook and Interpretive S Closed 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 Denver Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Little Jackass Campground Closed to Visitor
Lone Sequoia Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Lower Chiquito Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order
Lupine Cedar Bluff Campground Open to Visitor Operated by California Land Management
Mammoth Pool Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order
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 Forest Order Closure - Historical site and nature trail.
Miami Creek OHV Area Open to Visitor
Midge Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Mile High Vista Observation Site Open to Visitor
Mono Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Mono Hot Springs Campground Closed to Visitor
Nelder Grove Campground Open to Visitor Rough Road
Nelder Grove Interpretive Picnic Area Open to Visitor Shadow of the Giants Trail CLOSED
Oak Flat Camping Area Open to Visitor
Pine Slope Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Pinepoint Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Placer Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order
Portal Forebay Campground Closed to Visitor
Portugese Overlook Observation Site Closed to Visitor
Rancheria Campground Closed to Visitor Forest Order Closure
Recreation Point Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Recreation Point Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Redbud Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Redinger Campground Closed to Visitor NO CAMPFIRE or CHARCOAL GRILLS PERMITTED
Redinger Overlook Observation Site Closed to Visitor
Rock Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order
Rocky Point Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Ross Cabin Interpretive Site (minor) Closed to Visitor
Ross Crossing Camping Area Open to Visitor
Sample Meadow Campground Closed 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
Shadow Of The Giants Nrt Trailhead Closed to Visitor Forest Order 05.15.51.18.01
Soda Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order
Soquel Campground Closed to Visitor
Spring Cove Campground Open to Visitor
Summerdale Campground Closed to Visitor
Swanson Campground Closed to Visitor Hazard Tree Removal
Sweetwater Campground Closed to Visitor
Texas Flat Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed by Forest Order
The Falls Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Trails End Picnic Site Closed 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
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 Will open with the Dusy Ershim Trail
Ward Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Way of the Mono Trail Open 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 Closed to Visitor
Willow Creek Trail Open to Visitor Parking Fee is Required for this trail - Willow Creek presents dangers, it's extremely slippery rocks and swirling pools. PLEASE be careful and always stay on the trail.
Windy Point Dispersed Picnic Site Closed to Visitor Forest Order
Wishon Boating Site Open to Visitor
Wishon Point Campground Open to Visitor
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