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.
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
- Limit of 3 tents or 1 RV or trailer per site
- 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.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate