Dardanelle Campground

Stanislaus National Forest

Kennedy Peak

Dardanelle Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Dardanelle 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

Dardanelle Campground

Dardanelle Campground is located along the Stanislaus River in the Stanislaus National Forest, across the road from the Dardanelle Resort. Many who choose this campground like the convenience of being able to walk across the road to get a meal at the restaurant or pick up a bag of ice. Enjoyable fishing is close at hand in the river. Just a few miles upstream is Kennedy Meadows where lunker rainbow trout are pulled from the water regularly.

The campground is similar to the others in the area, first come, first served. Piped water is provided here. Some double sites are available.

Campground Basics
Location: On Highway 108, about 23 miles east of Pinecrest
Elevation: 6,000 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sonora - 48 miles, 1:04
Campground Open: May through September
Number of Sites: 28 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: 28 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $19
Check-in, check-out: any time, 11:00 AM

Dardanelle Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: At Dardanelle Resort
Dump Station: At entrance to Clark Fork Campground (fee)
Nearby attractions: Columns of the Giants geologic site, Stanislaus River, Emigrant Wilderness, Dardanelle Resort, Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station, Clark Fork, Sonora Pass

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 reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

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