Clark Fork Campground &
Clark Fork Horse Campground

Stanislaus National Forest


Dardanelles from Niagara Creek


Clark Fork Horse Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Clark Fork Horse Campground

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

Travelers in the Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County find a nice variety of activities and attractions. Those who settle in the Clark Fork Campground have excellent fishing and hiking nearby.

  • Find great fishing in the Stanislaus River, Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, and Beardsley Reservoir.
  • Follow hiking trails leading into the Emigrant Wilderness and Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.
  • Enjoy Pinecrest Lake for boating and fishing.
  • Go horseback riding at Kennedy Meadows or Aspen Meadows.
  • Explore the OHV routes at Niagara Creek and other locations.
  • Take off mountain biking along the network of logging roads.
  • Find a number of dedicated Horse Camps in the area.
  • Visit 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.


Clark Fork Campgrounds

Clark Fork Campground and the 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.

Clark Fork Campground Basics
Clark Fork Campground Location: Off Clark Fork Road, 5 miles from Highway 108 and 25 miles east of Pinecrest
Elevation: 6,130 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sonora - 50 miles, 1:10
Campground Open: May through September
Number of Sites: Clark Fork Campground - 88 sites
Clark Fork Horse Campground - 13 sites
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
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: 40 feet (horse camp 22 feet)
Accessible Sites: 3 sites in B Loop
Fees: $20 per night
Horse Camp $17 - $60
Check-in, check-out: any time, 11:00 AM

Clark Fork Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
no potable water at horse camp
Showers: No
Dump Station: Yes ($6 fee)
Attractions near Clark Fork Campground: Visit Iceberg Meadow for fishing and hiking. The Carson-Iceberg Wilderness has hiking and equestrian trails. Fishing is great along the Clark Fork. Visit nearby Dardanelle Resort, Kennedy Meadows, and the Emigrant Wilderness.

Clark Fork Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Clark Fork Campground

Key Clark Fork Campground Regulations

  1. There is a limit of 3 tents or 1 RV or trailer per site.
  2. A maximum of 2 licensed vehicles (includes trailers of all kinds) may be parked at campsite. Overflow parking is available.

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.


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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