Wakaluu Hep Yoo Campground

Stanislaus National Forest

N. Fork Stanislaus River

Campsite at Wakaluu Hep Yoo Campground, Sourgrass, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

Visitors to Wakaluu Hep Yoo Campground along the Stanislaus River are close to many outdoor activities and adventures.

  • Visit Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
  • 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.

Wakaluu Hep Yoo Campground

Winter Storm Damage Closures

Notice from Forest Service: "Roads on Stanislaus National Forest suffered extensive damage from winter storms and many will remain closed until at least 2018, including four popular roads." Among the roads with severe damage is Boards Crossing Road leading to Wakaluu Hep Yoo Campground. The road may be closed for the 2017 season.
Stanislaus National Forest Storm Damage 2017

Wakaluu Hep Yoo Campground is located near Boards Crossing along the Stanislaus River, south of Dorrington. The campground was built after a destructive mudslide swept through the area in 1997. Campsites are well shaded under mature conifers and oaks, close enough to the river for campers to be lulled asleep at night by is gentle sounds.

Stanislaus National Forest has designated Wakaluu Hep Yoo Campground (which means Wild River) for many of its cultural and interpretive programs through the summer. The nearby river offers great fishing. Swimming is hazardous when currents are swift.

Campground Basics
Wakaluu Hep Yoo Campground Location: Five miles south of Highway 4 at Dorrington on Boards Crossing - Sourgrass Road
Elevation: 4,000 feet
Miles/Driving time: Stockton - 82 miles, 1:47
Campground Open: Mid-May through October
Number of Sites: 49
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: 20 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $20
Check-in, check-out: Any time, Noon

Wakaluu Hep Yoo Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush and vault toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes, 25 cents for 2 minutes
Dump Station: Located at campground entrance
Nearby attractions: North Fork Stanislaus River, Sourgrass Day-use Area, fishing, hiking, interpretive programs, Calaveras Big Trees State Park

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