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Stanislaus National Forest

Stanislaus National Forest Sign

“There is wilderness and more Emigrant Wilderness to Explore”

Camping is one of the most popular recreation activities in the Stanislaus National Forest. The ideal camping time in most Forest areas is May to October, prior to winter storm activity. Most campgrounds fill quickly during holiday weekends, therefore visitors should come prepared to camp in undeveloped areas. Forest employees will assist you in choosing an appropriate location. Please contact the individual Ranger District nearest your destination to verify space availability in your selected campground. For a list of our favorite campgrounds visit Camping in the recreation guide.

Activities in Emigrant Wilderness include hiking, swimming, fishing and hunting. Rainbow, Brook and German Brown trout are found in almost all lakes and streams in the area. In addition, three major deer herds – Jawbone, Yosemite and Stanislaus herds – live in Emigrant Basin. For more about hunting in the Motherlode visit the hunting page in the recreation guide.

Some campsites can be reserved, but the majority of Forest campgrounds are operated on a first-come, first-served system. Pick your own spot, or dispersed area camping, is an option available on non wilderness designated land.

For the full list of camp grounds visit the Stanislaus National Forest Website.

Campfire permits are not required within developed campgrounds and picnic areas, however, please limit your campfire to camp stoves provided. Campfire permits are required when camping in undeveloped sites and when using a campfire or camp stove outside a recreational vehicle. Permits are free and must be obtained in person at any Stanislaus National Forest Office.

Pets are welcome, although local county ordinances require pets to be leashed. Dogs are required to be under voice control within the Emigrant Wilderness.


If river fishing is your way to relax, these rivers should be your destination. Patient anglers who get up with in the early hours with the sun will be sure to catch their limit of trout and take in appealing vistas.

Ranger Districts in the Mother Lode
Stanislaus National Forest
Supervisor’s Office

19777 Greenley Road Sonora, CA 95370
Hours All Year
M-F: 8:00am to 4:30pm
Phone: (209) 532-3671
FAX: (209) 533-1890
TDD: (209) 533-0765
Calaveras Ranger District
5519 Highway 4, P.O. Box 500 Hathaway Pines, CA 95233
Summer Hours (May – Oct)
M-F: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am to 2:00 pm
Winter Hours (Nov – Apr)
M-F: 8:00am to 4:30pm Sat: 8:30am to 2:00pm
Phone: (209) 795-1381
TDD: (209) 795-2854
Fax: (209) 795-6849
Mi-Wok Ranger District
24695 Highway 108 P.O. Box 100 Mi-Wuk-Village, CA 95346
Hours All Year
M-F: 8:00am to 4:30pm
Phone: (209) 586-3234
TDD: (209) 586-0262
Fax: (209) 586-0643
Groveland Ranger District
24545 Highway 120 Groveland, CA 95321
Summer Hours (Apr – Aug)
M-Sat: 8:00am to 4:30pm
Winter Hours (September – March)
M-F: 8:00am to 4:30pm Sat: 8:00am – 3:30pm
Phone: (209) 962-7825
TDD: (209) 962-6406
Fax: (209) 962-7412
Summit Ranger District

#1 Pinecrest Lake Road Pinecrest, CA 95364

Summer Hours (including holidays)
M-Sun: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Fall/Spring Hours
M-Sat: 8:00am to 4:30 pm
Winter Hours (Dec to mid-Jan)
M-F: 8:00am to 4:30pm

Phone: (209) 965-3434
TDD: (209) 965-0488
Fax: (209) 965-3372
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