Campfire Restrictions in Effect on National Forests

COVID-19 and your National Forest

Although our front desks are closed to the public, you may contact our ranger districts with your questions. Please do not call the Stanislaus Dispatch with recreation questions. Dispatch is for fire emergencies only.

Office Information
Forest Supervisor's office
209-459-9238
Groveland Ranger District
209-962-7825
Calaveras Ranger District
209-795-1381
Summit Ranger District
209-459-9236

Please avoid visiting national forests if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.

Please select any of the following topics to learn more about our COVID-19 response.

Logo for 3 Forests Interpretive AssociationUpdated July 23, 2020: Are you looking for a Stanislaus National Forest map during our virtual services? Our partner, 3 Forests Interpretive Association, or 3FIA, offers National Forest Visitor Maps for sale online! Learn more about other online map tools.

Updated July 24, 2020: Forest Order STF-16-2020-17 extends the closure of several forest campgrounds and is effective through Aug. 30, 2020.  Visitors are cautioned to expect a different camping experience than you may have had in previous years. Please be self-reliant by bringing your own soap, hand sanitizer, toilet tissue and drinking watker, as some services may not yet be available, and social distancing will be important. Equally important is that trash removal is still very limited, so be sure to pack out all your trash and waste. Please Leave No Trace and pack out all your trash and waste!

Updated July 27, 2020: Dispersed Camping

Many people enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of camping away from developed campgrounds and other campers. Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services like trash removal, and few or no facilities such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Visitors are reminded that under Forest Order STF-16-2020-08 fire restrictions are in effect at all elevations of the forest. Campfires are not authorized at any dispersed camping and wilderness camping sites through Nov. 30, 2020. See the section below titled Fire Restrictions to read more about why campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds.

Dispersed camping takes a lot more effort than camping in a developed campground, but for those with an adventurous spirit, it can be a lot of fun. Be a responsible visitor and practice Leave No Trace principles, including Plan Ahead & Prepare; Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces (No Overnight Camping at trailhead or along trail); Dispose of Waste Properly (Pack it In, Pack it Out) Leave What You Find; Minimize Campfire Impacts; Respect Wildlife and Be Considerate of Other Visitors. For additional tips and suggestions, visit  https://lnt.org/why/7-principles

2020 Fire Hire begins Aug. 10, 2020  The forest and Region 5 are seeking a committed, hardworking, highly skilled workforce to suppress wildfires and work in fuels management on 18 National Forests located in California. Vacancy announcements will be open for applications between Aug. 10, and Sept. 4, 2020. To be considered for these positions in the Fall Fire Hire event, you must apply to the vacancy announcements by the Sept. 4 closing date.

Forest Supervisor's Notes

Photo of Jason KuikenForest Supervisor Jason Kuiken believes there is nothing more critical to maintaining good relationships than communication. Residents, communities and ranger districts share a dedication to keeping the forest healthy, but sometimes Forest Service procedures and actions may not be clearly understood by those outside the agency. Jason is committed to engaging the community by sharing information about some of the actions being undertaken on the forest. Jason will post a series of notes highlighting some of the vital activities that go into regaining a healthy forest. Read Jason's notes.

A Public Safety Power Shutoff may affect your next trip to the Stanislaus National Forest!

In May 2019, Pacific Gas & Electric Company announced its plan to shutoff, and later restore, power if necessary due to extreme weather and wildfire danger.  Sometime during the fire season, your planned visit to the Stanislaus National Forest may be impacted if your visit coincides with a PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff. Learn more about preparing for your forest visit during a power shutoff.

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