Recreation


A young child stands on the shore of Pinecrest Lake with kayaks and mountains in the distance

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The Stanislaus National Forest offers diverse recreation opportunities for everyone!

Experience catching a trout in over 800-miles of rivers and streams, camping in one of the 62 developed campgrounds, finding that perfect dispersed campsite along a forest road, or hiking into a Wilderness Area to seek solitude and spiritual renewal. One can swim near a sandy beach or wade into cold clear streams while lost in the beauty of nature, raft the exciting Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River, or canoe one of the many beautiful lakes. Visitors can also enjoy over a thousand miles of roads and trails to ride off-highway vehicles (OHV), a horse, a mountain bike, a snowmobile, or simply saunter into the forest.

There are so many things to do on the Stanislaus!

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Recreation Interactive Visitor Map

Know Before You Go

The Stanislaus has three Wilderness Areas to explore. 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.

Free Permits are required to visit these Wilderness Areas.

Practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace when recreating everywhere on the Forest:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

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 from the left column for the highway corridor you plan to visit.

Recreation Conditions Report

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 Unreachable Unreachable Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is REACHABLE by wheeled vehicles. 
Asa Lake/ Lower Gardner Meadow Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Backpacker's Walk-In Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Baker Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Contact Kennedy Meadows Resort for more information 209.965.3911
Bear Valley to Lake Alpine Trail Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Beardsley Dam Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
Beardsley Day Use Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Road repairs have been completed
Beardsley Reservoir Temporarily Closed Temporarily 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 Not Cleared Not Cleared Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is REACHABLE by wheeled vehicles. 
Big Meadow Campground Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Big Meadow Group Campground Closed Closed 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.
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.
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 Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed 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 Open Open 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 Open Open Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
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 Unreachable Unreachable Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is REACHABLE by wheeled vehicles. 
Columns of the Giants Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Cottonwood Day Use Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
County Line TH Unreachable Unreachable Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Fence Creek Road is OPEN. The boulder was successfully removed from the road. 
Coyote Meadows TH Unreachable Unreachable Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Crabtree Cross-Country Ski Trailhead Open Open
Crabtree TH Not Cleared Not Cleared Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is REACHABLE by wheeled vehicles. 
Crandall / Deer Creek Open Open 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.
Deadman Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Contact Kennedy Meadows Resort for more information 209.965.3911
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 Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)
Disaster Creek TH Unreachable Unreachable Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is REACHABLE by wheeled vehicles. 
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.
Fence Creek Campground Closed Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
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.
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 Not Cleared Not Cleared Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Closed due to snow.
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 Closed Closed 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) 
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 Open Open Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Hull Creek Campground Closed Closed Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Hunter Creek Open Open 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 Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Kennedy Meadows TH Unreachable Unreachable 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 Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) 
Lumsden Bridge Campground Closed Closed Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) - Closed due to road damage.
Lumsden Campground Open Open 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)
North Fork Day Use Closed Closed Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) 
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.
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.
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) 
Pines Campground Open Open Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) The Pines Campground is first come, first served; no reservations accepted. 
Pines Group Campground Open Open Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Pioneer Trail Group Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 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 Campground Closed Closed 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 remain closed.
Riverside Day Use Closed Closed Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) 
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 Open Open Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108).  
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.
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 Unreachable Unreachable Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is REACHABLE by wheeled vehicles.
Shadow of the Mi-Wok Open Open 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 Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)  Closed to wheeled motorized use for the season. 
Sonora Pass TH Unreachable Unreachable 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 Open Open 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 Unreachable Unreachable 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 Not Cleared Not Cleared Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) 
Summit Lake/ Mud Lake Trailhead Open Open Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Summit Ranger Station Open Open
Sweetwater Campground Open Open 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 Closed Closed Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Waterhouse TH Unreachable Unreachable 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 Unreachable Unreachable 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

Cherry Lake

Cherry Lake Cherry Lake

Fish and boat on the largest lake on the Forest. Open all year, road access subject to winter closure. Cherry Lake visitors enjoy camping, boating, swimming, fishing and hiking. Recreation facilities include a boat launch and vault restrooms. There are no cell, fuel, grocery, or water services at Cherry Lake. Visitors are advised to plan accordingly. 

Check current fire restrictions when planning your trip at Stanislaus National Forest - Fire Management (usda.gov)

California Campfire Permit is required to have fire in a dispersed campsite. Campfire permits can be obtained for free at any Forest Service office or online at https://www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/.

 

 

Cherry Lake Boat Launch

North of Highway 120, off Cherry Lake  Road. Fish and boat on the largest lake on the Forest. From Groveland District Office head east on Highway 120. Approximately 5 miles, turn left on Cherry Lake Road. Follow Cherry Lake Road 20 miles to Cherry Lake. There are no cell, fuel, grocery, or water services at Cherry Lake. Visitors are advised to plan accordingly. 

Check current fire restrictions when planning your trip at Stanislaus National Forest - Fire Management (usda.gov)

California Campfire Permit is required to have fire in a dispersed campsite. Campfire permits can be obtained for free at any Forest Service office or online at https://www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/

 

 

 

Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River

Rafter executing a rapid on the Tuolumne River Visitors rafting down the Tuolumne river surrounded by mountains.

 

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. 

Check out the history of the Tuolumne River and take an interactive ride down the Tuolumne River and learn how the rapids got their name. Thanks to our partner Tuolumne River Trust for sharing these links.  (Please note you are leaving the FS web page when you view these links.)

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 cubic feet per second make the Main Tuolumne a class 5 experience. The takeout at Wards Ferry Bridge is difficult and dangerous at all times. Make sure you stay hydrated and be very careful carrying your boats up to 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