Stanislaus River Campground

Stanislaus National Forest

Spicer Meadow Reservoir

Stanislaus River Campground near Spicer Meadow Reservoir, CA

Stanislaus River Campground

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

Visitors to Stanislaus River Campground along the Spicer Reservoir Road are close to many outdoor activities and 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 from Lake Alpine 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

  • Visit nearby Bear Valley for mountain bike or kayak rentals and the Bear Valley Music Festival in late July and early August.
  • 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.

Stanislaus River 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."

Stanislaus River Campground is along Spicer Reservoir Road in the Stanislaus National Forest. The campground is 3 miles from Highway 4 and 5 miles from Spicer Meadow Reservoir. The North Fork of the Stanislaus River flows past the campground in a gentle stream. A sandy beach is found along the edge of the river at the southern end of the campground.

Drinking water is usually available from hand operated pumps at Stanislaus River Campground. Check with the Forest Service before visiting the campsite to be sure that water is available. The 25 campsites can accommodate tents, trailers, or RVs. Garbage must be packed out. Services and supplies are 10 miles away at Bear Valley Village.

Stanislaus River Campground Basics
Stanislaus River Campground Location: Turn off Highway 4 at Spicer Reservoir Rd. 22 miles east of Arnold and 6 miles west of Lake Alpine. Then 3 miles to the campground
Elevation: 6,200 feet
Miles/Driving time: Stockton - 98 miles, 2:06
Campground Open: Late-May through October
Opening date may be hampered by snow
Number of Sites: 25
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 Stanislaus National Forest
Calaveras Ranger District: (209) 795-1381

No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: 35 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $12 per night
Check-in, check-out: Any time, Noon

Stanislaus River Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, hand-pumped water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Attractions near Stanislaus River Campground: Fish in the Stanislaus River. Enjoy nearby boating and kayaking. Find a boat launch ramp at Spicer Meadow Reservoir. 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.

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