Clark Fork Campground and Clark Fork Horse Camp are neighboring camping areas along the Clark Fork of the Stanislaus River, about 25 miles east of Pinecrest. The Clark Fork is popular with anglers who find miles of great fishing all the way up to Iceberg Meadow and beyond. Hiking trails lead out into the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.
The Clark Fork Campground is divided into two loops. The A Loop has 28 sites with vault toilets. The B Loop has 60 campsites with flush toilets. Double sites are available on both loops. Three sites near the first restroom in the B Loop are accessible. All the campsites at the main campground have drinking water readily available.
The Clark Fork Horse Campground is separate from the standard campground. It has 13 campsites, a few of them with tables. There is also a group site. The campground has vault toilets, but no potable water. Visitors will find a watering trough for horses.
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