Key Clark Fork Campground Regulations
- There is a limit of 3 tents or 1 RV or trailer per site.
- A maximum of 2 licensed vehicles (includes trailers of all kinds) may be parked at campsite. Overflow parking is available.
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.
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|
|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:||2:00 PM, 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
|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.|
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.
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.