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Beardsley Lake


Beardsley is 7 miles from Highway 108 on the steep and winding Beardsley Road. Beardsley is well known by locals who want to be out on a lake but away from Pinecrest’s crowds.

For day use, camping, or fishing Beardsley is a secluded place to enjoy summer.

Beardsley Campground has around 26 campsites open on a first-come, first-served basis during the season (May to October) Come early and mid week because once you discover this hidden gem you understand why it is so popular with others who have found it.

Most of the shoreline is very steep but the view and remoteness of this alpine lake is well worth discovering for yourself. The day use area has stoves, tables, flush toilets, a nature trail and several great places to fish from. More about camping in the Stanislaus National Forest is here.

Big Trees

The Park also has two campgrounds, the North and South Grove, with a total of 129 campsites. For Reservation go to reserveamerica.com six months in advanceā€¦

Cherry Creek

Cherry Valley Campground is on the south west shore of Cherry Lake and has 46 campsites. Reservations are first-come, first-served and there is dispersed camping (you can boat-in) on the east side. Open from late April through October.

Dardanelle Area

In the forested area along the Middle Fork Stanislaus River are some lovely camping spots. The view of the Sierra Nevada hills is stunning and the early morning fishing can yield a great catch! There are 28 campsites, RV’s and trailers up to 28 feet are welcome.

Lake Tulloch

Lake Tulloch has 130 sites. Lakefront sites with RV hook-ups also allow boats to tie up. Cabin rentals are available with two rooms, electric and evaporative cooler with sleeping accommodations for 6 – 8 persons. Cabins also have private docks and lakefront swimming.

New Melones

In the Tuttletown Recreation Area you will find six lovely lakeside campgrounds, Acorn, Fiddleneck, Oak Knoll, Manzanita, Chamise and Lupine. Two campgrounds, Ironhorse and Big Oak, are located in the Glory Hole Recreation Area. Campsites offer barbecues, water, campfire rings, shower facilities, fish cleaning station, telephones, watertaps, and a free launch ramp.


From May through October camp sites can be reserved, most weekends are full a year in advance. 200 campsites are available with the premium spots near the shore of Pinecrest Lake. Maximum length of stay is 14 days only 6 people per site persons per site.

Spicer Reservoir

Spicer has 43 tent and RV campsites. They are first-come, first-served and open from June to October, weather permitting.

Stanislaus National Forest

Camping is one of the most popular recreation activities in the Stanislaus National Forest. In the summer the weather is ideal, the fishing is great and the whole family can unwind in the country from their busy lives.


Yosemite National Park has 13 popular campgrounds, each in a wonderful setting with sweeping views or forest canopies and plenty of room to relax. Seven of the campgrounds are on a reservation system. From April through September, reservations are essential and even the first-come, first-served campgrounds often fill by noon from May through September.