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 wonderful selection of activities and attractions. Campers at Brightman Flat Campground are along the Stanislaus River not far from Kennedy Meadows.

  • Discover great fishing in the Stanislaus River, Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, and Beardsley Reservoir.
  • Take your pick of hiking trails leading into the Emigrant Wilderness and Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.
  • Spend enjoyable days at Pinecrest Lake for boating and fishing.
  • Sign up for a trail ride at Kennedy Meadows or Aspen Meadows.
  • test you 4-wheeling skills on the OHV routes at Niagara Creek and other locations.
  • Take off mountain biking along the network of logging roads.
  • Find several dedicated Horse Camps in the area.
  • Tour nearby geologic wonders such as Columns of the Giants and Trail of the Gargoyles.
  • Stop at scenic overlooks at Donnell Vista and farther up Sonora Pass.

Places to Visit

  • At Twain Harte enjoy weekly, outdoor summer concerts along with good restaurants and shops.
  • Pinecrest and Strawberry are popular destinations for fishing.
  • Beardsley Reservoir attracts visitors for fishing, boating, and swimming.
  • The Clark Fork has good camping, fishing, and hiking.
  • Dardanelle Resort is the place to stop for supplies and a good meal.
  • Kennedy Meadows offers lodging, a pack station, and a restaurant.
  • Drive up scenic 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.

Brightman Flat 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.

Brightman Flat Campground Basics
Brightman Flat Campground 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

No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: 22 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $15
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 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)
Attractions near Brightman Flat Campground: Fish the Stanislaus River. Day a day-hike into the Emigrant Wilderness. Stock up on supplies at the Dardanelle Resort. Take advantage of the Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station. Explore the Clark Fork. Enjoy a scenic drive up 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 Brightman Flat Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  2. There is a limit of 3 tents or 1 RV or trailer per site.
  3. A maximum of 2 licensed vehicles (includes trailers of all kinds) may be parked at a 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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