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

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

Clark Fork Campgrounds

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.

Campground Basics
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

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)
Nearby attractions: Iceberg Meadow, Carson-Iceberg Wilderness hiking and equestrian trails, fishing, Dardanelle Resort, Kennedy Meadows, Emigrant Wilderness

Clark Fork Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Clark Fork Campground

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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