Recreation


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    The Stanislaus has three Wilderness Areas to explore. Free Permits are required to visit these Wilderness Areas. The Carson-Iceberg, the Emigrant, and the Mokelumne Wilderness Areas each offer a distinct and unique experience for camping, backpacking, hiking, fishing, hunting, mountaineering, backcountry-skiing, wildlife-watching, and other non-motorized outdoor pursuits.

Recreation Conditions

The Recreation Conditions Report below displays conditions for all campgrounds, trailheads, and recreation areas on the Stanislaus and are identified by highway corridor location.

The Recreation Conditions Report below is updated based on field-going staff updates. There may be a delay between on the ground conditions and the status listed on the report. For the most up to date information call a Stanislaus National Forest District Office for the area you plan to visit.

Current Recreation Conditions

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Alpine Bypass Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Alpine Ranger Station Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Andresen Mine Trail Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Vehicle access may be difficult due to seasonal road closures and snowy conditions. No services available at any trailhead. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT, PLEASE! For a list of seasonally closed roads view the Stanislaus National Forest's�Motor Vehicle Use Maps. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Arnold Rim Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Arnold Rim Trail - Cedar Center Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Arnold Rim Trail - Logging Museum Trailhead-Arnold Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Arnold Rim Trail - San Domingo Southern Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Arnold Rim Trail - Sheep Ranch Rd & Valley View Dr Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Arnold Rim Trail - Sheep Ranch Road & 4N41Y Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Arnold Rim Trail - Valley View Drive Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Arnot Creek TH Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Asa Lake/ Lower Gardner Meadow Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Backpacker's Walk-In Campground Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Baker Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Contact Kennedy Meadows Resort for more information 209.965.3911. Scheduled to Open on 5/19/2023.
Bear Valley to Lake Alpine Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Beardsley Dam Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)  Camper Alert: This campground was closed early for fuel reduction work and the campground will remain closed for the season. Questions? Please call the Summit Ranger Station, 209-965-3434.
Beardsley Day Use Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)   November 1, 2023: You can launch a boat at this time, but the water is low. Check the Tri-Dam website to check current water levels. 2023 Water Data - Tri-Dam Project (tridamproject.com) Questions? Please call the Summit Ranger Station, 209-965-3434.
Beardsley Reservoir Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Bee Gulch Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Bee Gulch Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Bell Meadow TH Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Big Meadow Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Big Meadow Group Campground Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Black Springs OHV Area Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) 
 
Black Springs OHV Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Bloomfield Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Boulder Flat Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Contact Dodge Ridge for more information at 209.965.3474, or at the Dodge Ridge webpage. Update 6/2/2023: Remains closed.
Bower Cave Closed Closed Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Bower Cave is closed. Entering the cave is prohibited.
Brightman Flat Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Contact Dodge Ridge for more information at 209.965.3474, or at the Dodge Ridge webpage. This campground will close on 10/22/2023 for the season.
Bull Run Creek Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Bull Run Lake Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Calaveras Ranger Station Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Open.
Camp Irene Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Carlon Day Use Area Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)
Carlon Falls Trail Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Vehicle access may be difficult due to seasonal road closures and snowy conditions. No services available at any trailhead. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT, PLEASE! For a list of seasonally closed roads view the Stanislaus National Forest's�Motor Vehicle Use Maps. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness - Highway 108 Access Open Open Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
 
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness - Highway 4 Access Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Cascade Creek Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
Cherry Creek Put-in Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) Day use only. Wild & Scenic River flows range from 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to over 12,500 cfs. For current flow information visit dreamflows.com or call 209-962-7825 during regular business hours.
Cherry Lake Closed Closed Vehicle access may be difficult due to seasonal road closures and snowy conditions. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT, PLEASE! For a list of seasonally closed roads view the Stanislaus National Forest's Motor Vehicle Use Maps. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Cherry Lake Boat Launch Open Open ...
Cherry Valley Campground Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) No water service, so bring potable water. Please note there are no services or marina available at Cherry Lake.
Chickaree Day Use/ Picnic Area Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
China Flat Day Use Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) July 27, 2023: China Flat Day Use has been re-opened. 
Clark Fork Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Contact Dodge Ridge for more information at 209.965.3474, or at the Dodge Ridge webpage
Clark Fork Horse Camp Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Clark Fork TH Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Columns of the Giants Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Cottonwood Day Use Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
County Line TH Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)  Update 7/31/2023:  There is still snow, ice, and very high and fast water in creeks, and rivers. In many places the ground is saturated. Conditions change daily. Call the Ranger Station for more information.
Coyote Meadows TH Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Crabtree Cross-Country Ski Trailhead Open Open
Crabtree TH Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)  
Crandall / Deer Creek Closed Closed Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Dardanelle Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Contact Dodge Ridge for more information at 209.965.3474, or at the Dodge Ridge webpage. This campground will close on 10/22/2023 for the season.
Deadman Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Contact Kennedy Meadows Resort for more information 209.965.3911. Scheduled to OPEN 5/19/2023.
Deer Creek Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Deer Valley/ Stevenot Camp Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Dimond O Campground Closed Closed Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)
Disaster Creek TH Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)  
Donnell Reservoir Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) No trash service at this time. Please help us keep the forest healthy. Please Pack it In, Pack it Out!
Donnell Vista Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
Douglas Flat Day Use Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) No trash service. Help keep our forest clean and healthy. Please be sure to Pack it In, Pack it Out!
Duck Lake Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Eagle Meadow Horse Camp Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Check Caltrans at dot.ca.gov for current conditions
Elephant Rock Lake Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Emigrant Wilderness Open Open Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
 
Emigrant/ MCCT Trail (Emigrant West Trailhead) Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Emigrant/ MCCT Trail (Lakeshore Trailhead) Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Emigrant/ MCCT Trail (Mosquito Lakes Trailhead) Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Emigrant/ MCCT Trail (Silver Valley Trailhead) Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Emigrant/ MCCT Trail (Stanislaus Meadow Trailhead) Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Eureka Valley Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Contact Dodge Ridge for more information at 209.965.3474, or at the Dodge Ridge webpage. This campground will close on 10/22/2023 for the season.
Fence Creek Campground Closed Closed 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.
Ferretti Trail Open Open
Fraser Flat Campground Closed Closed Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) Contact Dodge Ridge for more information at 209.965.3474, or at the Dodge Ridge webpage. Note for Campground: Some sites have variable conditions with mud, and standing water. Fraser Flat Campground will be closing on October 9, 2023. The last night for camping will be October 8, 2023. Thank you for a great season.  
Fraser Flat Fishing Pier Day Use Closed Closed Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) Contact Dodge Ridge for more information 209.965.3474
Gardner Meadow Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Gianelli TH Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Gooseberry Cross-Country Ski Trailhead Open Open Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Groveland Ranger Station Open Open Groveland Ranger District is OPEN to the public. Normal hours are Monday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 4 p.m. Closed weekends and federal holidays.
Hamby Trail Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Vehicle access may be difficult due to seasonal road closures and snowy conditions. No services available at any trailhead. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT, PLEASE! For a list of seasonally closed roads view the Stanislaus National Forest's�Motor Vehicle Use Maps. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Heiser Lake Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Hermit Valley Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Hermit Valley Campground Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Herring Creek Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Herring Reservoir Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Update 11/17/2023: Pack in, Pack out. No Services.
Highland Creek Trail (Highland Creek Trailhead) Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Highland Creek Trail (Silver Valley Trailhead) Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Highland Creek Trailhead (at Highland Lakes) Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Highland Lakes Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Highland Lakes Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) 
Highway 108 Sno-Park Open Open Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)  Check the current snow depth here: Snow Depth Map
Hull Creek / Trout Creek Closed Closed Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Hull Creek Campground Closed Closed Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108): Update 11/17/2023: The campground is open. No Fees, No Services. There are a few sites that are closed (2,3,4) for repairs. Thank you.
Hunter Creek Closed Closed Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108).
Indian Creek Trail Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Vehicle access may be difficult due to seasonal road closures and snowy conditions. No services available at any trailhead. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT, PLEASE! For a list of seasonally closed roads view the Stanislaus National Forest's�Motor Vehicle Use Maps. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.�
Inspiration Point Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Interface OHV Area Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Closed to wheeled, motorized use from December 15th to April 15th.
Kennedy Meadows TH Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Kerrick Corral Horse Camp Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Lake Alpine Campground (West Shore) Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Lake Alpine Recreation Area Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Lake Alpine SNO-PARK Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Check current snow depth here: Snow Depth Map 
Lake Valley Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Lakeshore Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Lakeshore Trail/ Inspiration Point Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Little Golden Forest Trail Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Vehicle access may be difficult due to seasonal road closures and snowy conditions. No services available at any trailhead. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT, PLEASE! For a list of seasonally closed roads view the Stanislaus National Forest's�Motor Vehicle Use Maps.Interpretive Trail. Self-guided brochures available at Groveland Ranger Station.
Lodgepole Group Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Lodgepole Overflow Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Lost Claim Campground Closed Closed Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) 
Lumsden Bridge Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) - Closed due to road damage.
Lumsden Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) 
Lyons Reservoir (PG&E) Day Use Closed Closed Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) Lyons Reservoir Day Use Area is a PG&E facility.  Road 3N14, Lyons Lake Road (PGE) - Hwy 108 to Lyons Lake Day Use Area is closed.
Marmot Day Use/ Picnic Area Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Meadowview Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Contact Dodge Ridge for more information at 209.965.3474, or at the Dodge Ridge webpage
Merals Pool Put-In Open Open Wild & Scenic River flows range from 150 cubic feet per second (cfs) to over 12,500 cfs. For current flow information visit dreamflows.com or call 209-962-7825 during regular business hours.
Mi Wok Ranger Station Closed Closed Mi-Wok Ranger Station (HWY 108) The Front Desk is CLOSED. Please visit Summit Ranger Station at Pinecrest or the Supervisor's Office in Sonora for information and assistance.
Middle Fork Day Use Area Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) No overnight camping. 
Milk Ranch Meadow Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Mill Creek Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail (MCCT) Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Mokelumne Wilderness Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Moore Creek Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) 
Mosquito Lakes Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Mosquito Lakes Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Mosquito Lakes Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Mosquito Lakes to Pacific Valley/ MCCT Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Mosquito Lks to PacificV/MCCT (Mosq Lks Trailhead) Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Mosquito Lks to PacificV/MCCT (PacificV Trailhead) Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Niagara Creek Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
Niagara OHV Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) July 12, 2023: Niagra OHV is open and operational.
North Fork Day Use Closed Closed Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) May 9, 2023: North Fork Day Use is now open.
North Fork Stanislaus River Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Osborne Ridge Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Pacific Valley Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Pacific Valley Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Pigeon Flat Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Contact Dodge Ridge for more information at 209.965.3474, or at the Dodge Ridge webpage. This campground will close on 10/22/2023 for the season.
Pine Marten Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Pine Valley Horse Camp Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Pinecrest Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Contact Dodge Ridge for more information at 209.965.3474, or at the Dodge Ridge webpage. This campground will close for the season on 10/23/2023.
Pinecrest Lake Open Open Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Pinecrest Lake Day Use Open Open Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Plan ahead for alternate location to recreate if parking lots are full and day use area is crowded. Parking will be strictly enforced.
Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Trail Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)  Update May 15, 2023: Plan for early spring (variable) conditions, snow, ice, mud, water runoff, and high, fast, cold water in creeks and rivers. 
Pines Campground Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) 
Pines Group Campground Open Open Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Pioneer Trail Group Campground Open Open Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) November 1, 2023: Pioneer Trail Campground will open for winter camping starting, Friday, November 3, 2023. Contact Dodge Ridge for more information at 209.965.3474, or at the Dodge Ridge webpage
Preston Falls Trail Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)-Vehicle access may be difficult due to seasonal road closures and snowy conditions. No services available at any trailhead. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT, PLEASE! For a list of seasonally closed roads view the Stanislaus National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Rainbow Pool Day Use Area Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) No alcoholic beverages or overnight camping. No garbage service; pack it in, pack it out. 
Rim of the World Vista Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) No restrooms or services available.
River Ranch - Hacienda Campground Open Open Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108). River Ranch Campground is part private, part public. The private sites on River Ranch Campground are open; the public sites in Hacienda Campground are open.
Riverside Day Use Open Open Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) May 9, 2023: Riverside Day Use is now open.
Rock Lake Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Rock Lake Trail (from Silver Valley Trailhead) Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Round Valley SNO-PARK Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Check the current snow depth here: Snow Depth Map
Sand Bar Flat Campground Closed Closed Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108). Update 11/17/2023: Pack in, Pack out. No Services.
Sand Flat Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Contact Dodge Ridge for more information at 209.965.3474, or at the Dodge Ridge webpage. October 26, 2023: No water. Pack it in, Pack it out. One bathroom available.
Sand Flat Campground (4wd only) Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Sandy Meadow Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Sandy Meadow Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Seven Pines TH Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Shadow of the Mi-Wok Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Silver Valley Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Silver Valley Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Silvertip Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Slick Rock Jeep Trail Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Closed to wheeled, motorized use from December 15th to April 15th. 
Sonora Pass TH Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)  
Sourgrass Day Use Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Sourgrass Recreation Area Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
South Fork Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)
Spicer Reservoir Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) 
Spicer Reservoir Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Spicer Reservoir Group Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Spicer Reservoir Picnic Area Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Spicer SNO-PARK Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Check the current snow depth here: Snow Depth Map
Spicer Sand Flat Trailhead (at Spicer Reservoir) Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
St. Marys Pass TH Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Stanislaus Meadow Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Stanislaus River Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Sugar Pine Railway - Strawberry to Fraser Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Summit Lake/ Mud Lake Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Summit Ranger Station Open Open
Sweetwater Campground Closed Closed Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)
TeleLi puLaya (Black Oak) Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)   
Trail of the Gargoyles Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Trumbull Peak Special Interest Area Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) No public motorized access from Dec. 15 to April 15 due to seasonal road closures.
Tryon Meadow Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Tuolumne River Canyon Trail Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) Vehicle access may be difficult due to seasonal road closures and snowy conditions. No services available at any trailhead. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT, PLEASE! For a list of seasonally closed roads view the Stanislaus National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) Day use only. Wild & Scenic River flows range from 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to over 12,500 cfs. For current flow information visit dreamflows.com or call 209-962-7825 during regular business hours.
Union East Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Union East Campground to Elephant Rock Lake Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Union West Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Upper Gardner Meadow Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Utica Reservoir Campgrounds Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Utica/Union Reservoirs Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) (Not the campgrounds)
Wakalu Hep Yo (Wild River) Campground Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) 
Waterhouse TH Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
West Side Railroad Grade Open Open Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108). NO DRINKING WATER availible after parking area. Closed to motorized vehicles. Excellent spring wildflowers but hot temperatures. Bring extra drinking water.
Wheats Meadow TH Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Wheats Meadow Trailhead (Spicer Dam Side)(CIW) Open Open
Wheats Meadow Trailhead (Spicer Dam side) Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Wheeler Ridge/ Wheeler Lake Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Woodchuck Basin Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)

Spotlights

Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River

Rafter executing a rapid on the Tuolumne River Visitors rafting down the Tuolumne river surrounded by mountains.
Access to the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River via Lumsden Road is closed, to provide for public safety, under Forest Order No. STF-16-2023-04 due to road damage caused by the 2023 atmospheric events. Access is limited to FSR 1S01, (South Fork Rd) – walk in only. Please contact the Groveland RD for additional information.

Considered to be some of the best "All Around" whitewater in the nation, the Main Tuolumne offers 16-18 miles of Class 4-5 rapids. Side streams such as the Clavey River, Big Creek, and the North Fork of the Tuolumne River offers side hikes, fishing holes, and warm swimming pools during the summer months. 

Main Tuolumne - The Main Tuolumne is a challenging and enjoyable Class 4+, 18-mile whitewater run through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This section has some demanding rapids spaced at close intervals. At above 4,000 cubic feet per second (CFS). The river becomes more powerful and recovery more difficult. The biggest rapid, the Clavey, can be walked around or portaged. Camping is available at several sites along the way. Reservoir release summer flows generally arrive at Merals Pool launch mid-morning and drop to less than 300cfs after noon. A three-day trip allows boaters to enjoy the canyon and its tributaries. River flow graphs can be found at http://dreamflows.com.

During spring runoff, flows above 5,000 CFS make the Main Tuolumne a class 5 experience. The takeout at Wards Ferry Bridge is difficult and dangerous at all times. Stay hydrated and exercise caution carrying boats up the bridge.

Cherry Creek - The 9-mile class 5+ Cherry Creek/Tuolumne run is one of the most challenging commercial runs in the world. Yet the nature of the rock in the riverbed allows expert boaters an exhilarating experience. It has 15 class 5 rapids. Two 5+ rapids (Flat Rock Falls and Lumsden Falls) are recommended portage. Generally, it is run below 2,000 CFS. Boaters who attempt this run are well-advised to go with experts that have run the river before. As with the Main T, a permit is required to run the river. Permits are available at www.recreation.gov 

Seperate permits are required from Cherry-Creek to Merals Pool and from Merals Pool to Wards Ferry Bridge.

Merals Pool Put-In

The Main Tuolumne is a challenging and enjoyable Class 4+, 18-mile whitewater run through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This section has some demanding rapids spaced at close intervals. At above 4,000 cubic feet per second (CFS). The river becomes more powerful and recovery more difficult. The biggest rapid, the Clavey, can be walked around or portaged. Camping is available at several sites along the way. Reservoir release summer flows generally arrive at Merals Pool launch mid-morning and drop to less than 300cfs after noon. A three-day trip allows boaters to enjoy the canyon and its tributaries. 

Cherry Creek Put-in

The 9-mile class 5+ Cherry Creek/Tuolumne run is one of the most challenging commercial runs in the world. Yet the nature of the rock in the riverbed allows expert boaters an exhilarating experience. It has 15 class 5 rapids (one 5+ rapid with recommended portage). Generally, it is run below 2,000 CFS. Boaters who attempt this run are well-advised to go with experts that have run the river before. As with the Main T, permits are required to float this section. Available at Recreation.gov 

 

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