Deadman Campground

Stanislaus National Forest

Kennedy Peak

Deadman Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Deadman 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

Deadman Campground

Deadman Campground is within walking distance of Kennedy Meadows. The campground is located at a loop in the Stanislaus River, beside the Kennedy Meadows Road and about a ½ mile from Highway 108. The small campground has a good number of wonderful campsites close to the river, including 2 double sites and 2 walk-in sites.

At nearby Kennedy Meadows Pack Station they offer trail rides into the Emigrant Wilderness. Or for the more adventurous, they will pack you and your gear into a wilderness campsite. The drive up to the summit of Sonora Pass is steep and at times narrow, but the views are spectacular. For a guide to the best fishing around Kennedy Meadows, see Dave's Sierra Fishing - Kennedy Meadows.

Campground Basics
Location: On Highway 108, about 29 miles east of Pinecrest
Elevation: 6,250 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sonora - 59 miles, 1:12
Campground Open: May through September
Number of Sites: 17 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 Kennedy Meadows Resort for the Stanislaus National Forest
Summit Ranger Station: (209) 965-3434

No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: 22 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Favorite Campsites: #5, 6, 8, 9
Double campsites: #4
Walk-in campsites: #1, 2
Fees: $20
Check-in, check-out: any time, 11:00 AM

Deadman 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

Deadman Campground map, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

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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