Brightman Flat Campground

Stanislaus National Forest


Kennedy Peak


Brightman Flat Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Brightman Flat Campground

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

Visitors to the Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County find a wide range of activities and attractions.

  • Fishing in the Stanislaus River, Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, and Beardsley Reservoir
  • Hiking trails leading into the Emigrant Wilderness and Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
  • Pinecrest Lake boating, fishing and horseback riding at Kennedy Meadows
  • OHV routes at Niagara Creek and other locations
  • Mountain biking along the network of logging roads
  • A number of dedicated Horse Camps
  • Geologic wonders such as Columns of the Giants and Trail of the Gargoyles
  • Scenic overlooks at Donnell Vista and farther up Sonora Pass

Places to Visit

  • Twain Harte
  • Pinecrest and Strawberry
  • Beardsley Reservoir for fishing, boating, and swimming
  • Clark Fork
  • Dardanelle Resort
  • Kennedy Meadows and Sonora Pass

Brightman Flat Campground

Brightman Flat Campground is located along the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River near Dardanelle Resort in the Stanislaus National Forest. It is a popular spot for anglers who like to go after large rainbow trout in the river. With Dardanelle Resort just up the road, it is convenient to stop in there for a meal or to pick up a bag of ice.

The campground has two entrances off Highway 108. The 33 campsites have have basic tables and fire rings, but no potable water. All the sites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents.

Campground Basics
Location: On Highway 108, about 21 miles east of Pinecrest
Elevation: 5,880 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sonora - 41 miles, 1:05
Campground Open: May through early October
Number of Sites: 33 sites
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 Dodge Ridge Corporation for the Stanislaus National Forest
Summit Ranger Station: (209) 965-3434

Reservations
No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: 22 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $15
Check-in, check-out: any time, 11:00 AM

Brightman Flat Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: At Dardanelle Resort
Dump Station: At entrance to Clark Fork Campground (fee)
Nearby attractions: Stanislaus River, Emigrant Wilderness, Dardanelle Resort, Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station, Clark Fork, Sonora Pass

Campgrounds without Potable Water

The lack of drinking water at a campground can be an inconvenience, especially for those without an RV or travel trailer. The obvious solution is to bring along a 5 or 7 gallon water canister to use for drinking water, dish washing, and even teeth brushing.

Another solution to consider is to use a quality water filter to filter water from a nearby stream or lake, a process backpackers use all the time. While hand pump filters work well, they can become tiresome. A gravity flow filter is really the best solution for campground use. Simply fill the reservoir with water, hang it from a tree limb, and enjoy clean water filling your water jug at a rate of almost ½ gallon a minute.


Key Stanislaus National Forest Camping Regulations

  1. Limit of 3 tents or 1 RV or trailer per site
  2. A maximum of 2 licensed vehicles (includes trailers of all kinds) parked at campsite.

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

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