Stanislaus National Forest
Almost 900,000 acres full of 78 lakes, over 800 miles of rivers thousands of miles of trails Stanislaus National Forest is North and West of Yosemite NP. The entire area has little to no cellular coverage and a phone will be of no use in an emergency situation. A blog about emergency devices from Search and Rescue is here. Camping is one of the most popular recreation activities in the Stanislaus National Forest. The ideal camping time is May to October, prior to winter storm activity. Most campgrounds fill quickly during holiday weekends, and visitors can prepare to camp in undeveloped areas. Forest employees will assist in choosing an appropriate location. 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 our recreation guide here.
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 YearM-F: 8:00am to 4:30pm||Phone: (209) 532-3671TDD: (209) 533-0765|
|Calaveras Ranger District
5519 Highway 4,
P.O. Box 500
Hathaway Pines, CA 95233
|Hours All Year (closed holidays) M-F: 8:00am to 4:00pm||Phone: (209) 795-1381TDD: (209) 795-2854|
|Mi-Wok Ranger District
24695 Highway 108
P.O. Box 100
Mi-Wuk-Village, CA 95346
|Hours All Year (closed holidays) M-F: 8:30am to 4:30pm||Phone: (209) 586-3234TDD: (209) 586-0262|
|Groveland Ranger District
24545 Highway 120
Groveland, CA 95321
|Summer Hours (May – Sep)M-Sat: 8:00am to 4:30pm (holidays included)
Winter Hours (October – April) M-F: 8:00am to 4:30pm Sat: 8:00am – 3:30pm (closed holidays)
|Phone: (209) 962-7825TDD: (209) 962-6406|
|Summit Ranger District
#1 Pinecrest Lake Road
Pinecrest, CA 95364
|Hours All Year (closed holidays) M-F: 8:00am to 4:00 pm||Phone: (209) 965-3434TDD: (209) 965-0488|
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