Spicer Reservoir Campground

Stanislaus National Forest

Spicer Meadow Reservoir

Spicer Reservoir Campground at Spicer Meadow Reservoir, CA

Spicer Reservoir Campground

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

Visitors camping at Spicer Reservoir Campground in the Stanislaus National Forest in Calaveras County don't have to travel far to find great adventures.

  • Enjoy fishing in the Stanislaus River and nearby lakes such as Lake Alpine and Spicer Meadow Reservoir.
  • Set out on hiking trails such as the path up to Inspiration Point or along the Arnold Rim Trail and various others leading off Highway 4.
  • Take advantage of great OHV routes at places such as Rattlesnake Creek and Black Springs.
  • Spend the day kayaking at one of the many lakes.
  • Take off mountain biking along the network of logging roads.

Places to Visit

  • Tour historic Murphys.
  • Picnic at White Pines Lake and tour the Logging Museum.
  • Drive out to Spicer, Union, and Utica reservoirs.
  • Visit Quyle Kilns, 4 miles east of Murphys.
  • Tour Mercer Caverns and Moaning Cavern.
  • Try some wine tasting at Ironstone Winery.

Spicer Reservoir Campground

Spicer Reservoir Road is now Open

Notice from Forest Service: June 28, 2017 - "Spicer, Slick Rock and McKays roads are now open to visitors wishing to travel on them. . . . the Forest Service was able to open the following campgrounds: Spicer, Spicer Group Camp, Union East, Union West, Rocky Point, Sandy Flat and Stanislaus River."

Spicer Reservoir Campground is located next to Spicer Meadow Reservoir in the Stanislaus National Forest. The campground is 9 miles off Highway 4 on Spicer Reservoir Road. The beautiful forest and lake setting attracts anglers and kayakers, hikers and nature lovers. The northeast arm of the lake is limited to non-motorized boating.

With a 10 MPH speed limit on the lake, anglers can enjoy great fishing without the disturbance of water skiers or jet skis. Good campground amenities make for enjoyable camp life. Bear Valley Village with stores and restaurants is only 13 miles away.

A half mile from the main Spicer Reservoir Campground is a popular Group Campground.

Spicer Reservoir Campground Basics
Spicer Reservoir Campground Location: Turn off Highway 4 at Spicer Reservoir Rd. 22 miles east of Arnold and 6 miles west of Lake Alpine. Then 9 miles to the campground
Elevation: 6,400 feet
Miles/Driving time: Stockton - 102 miles, 2:20
Campground Open: Late-May through October
Opening date may be hampered by snow
Number of Sites: 60
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2, fee for 2nd vehicle
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Sierra Recreation Managers for Stanislaus National Forest
Calaveras Ranger District: (209) 795-1381

No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: 50 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $24 per night
Check-in, check-out: Any time, Noon

Spicer Reservoir Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Attractions near Spicer Reservoir Campground: Enjoy boating, fishing, and kayaking. Find a boat launch ramp near the campground. Bear Valley Adventure Company has kayak and bike rentals. Visit Bear Valley for shops and restaurants. Head over to Spicer Meadow Reservoir for fishing and boating. Drive up the road to beautiful Lake Alpine. Hike in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. Explore the many local hiking trails.

Spicer Reservoir Campground Group Site

Spicer Reservoir Group Camp is located on the west shore, overlooking the lake. Excellent group camp amenities include tables, fire pits, a covered food preparation area, a campfire circle and parking. The campground can accommodate up to 60 people. Maximum RV size is 28 feet.

Reservations are taken beginning January 1 of each year at 9:00 AM: (209) 296-8895
Fee: $140 per night

Spicer Group camp at Spicer Meadow Reservoir, near Spicer Meadow Campground, CA

Spicer Reservoir Group Campground


map of campground locations by Spicer Meadow Reservoir, including Spicer Reservoir Campground along with  Union Reservoir and Utica Reservoir, CA.

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