Meadowview Campground

Pinecrest Lake
Stanislaus National Forest


Pinecrest Lake


Campsite at Pinecrest Lake Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

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

Meadowview Campground

Meadowview Campground is located one mile from Pinecrest Lake in the Stanislaus National Forest. Many visitors choose Meadowview because Pinecrest Campground is full or because they prefer to camp away the busy main campground. A paved bike path connects Meadowview with Pinecrest Campground and the lakeside facilities. Pinecrest Lake offers swimming from a sandy beach in a dedicated swim area, boating, fishing, and hiking.

During the summer months, outdoor movies or ranger programs are offered every night at the amphitheater. Fishing is a favorite past-time from the shore or the designated fishing wharf. In the adjacent community of Pinecrest are a grocery store, sporting goods store, restaurant, bike rentals, and coffee bar. A snack bar is at the beach.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Highway 108, 30 miles east of Sonora
Elevation: 5,700 feet
Miles/Driving time: Stockton - 93 miles, 1:52
Campground Open: May through September
Number of Sites: 100
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 District Ranger Station: (209) 965 3434

Reservations
No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: 22 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $23
Check-in, check-out: any time, 11:00 AM

Meadowview Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water; no hook-ups
Showers: Nearby, next to Pinecrest Store
Dump Station: Nearby at Pinecrest Dump off Highway 108
Nearby attractions: Pinecrest Lake boating, swimming, fishing, hiking; Strawberry, Beardsley Reservoir, Twain Harte, Sonora Pass, Kennedy Meadows, Aspen Meadow Pack Station for trail rides, Emigrant Wilderness


Key Pinecrest Lake Area 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. Overflow parking available.

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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