Niagara Creek Campground &
Niagara Creek OHV Campground

Stanislaus National Forest

Dardanelles from Niagara Creek

Niagara Creek Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Niagara Creek Campground

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

Visitors to the Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County find a wide range of activities and attractions. Those who camp at Niagara Creek Campground are within driving distance of both Pinecrest Lake and Kennedy Meadows.

  • Enjoy fishing in the Stanislaus River, Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, and Beardsley Reservoir.
  • Set out on hiking trails leading into the Emigrant Wilderness and Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.
  • Enjoy Pinecrest Lake for boating and fishing.
  • Go horseback riding at Kennedy Meadows.
  • Explore the OHV routes at Niagara Creek and other locations.
  • Take off mountain biking along the network of logging roads.
  • Find a number of dedicated Horse Camps in the area.
  • Visit nearby geologic wonders such as Columns of the Giants and Trail of the Gargoyles.
  • Stop at scenic overlooks at Donnell Vista and farther up Sonora Pass.

Places to Visit

  • Twain Harte has good restaurants and shops.
  • Pinecrest and Strawberry are known for excellent fishing.
  • Beardsley Reservoir is popular for fishing, boating, and swimming.
  • The Clark Fork has good camping, fishing, and hiking.
  • Dardanelle Resort is the place to stop for supplies and a good meal.
  • Kennedy Meadows offers lodging, a pack station, and a restaurant.
  • Drive up scenic Sonora Pass.

Niagara Creek Campgrounds

Niagara Creek Campground and Niagara Creek OHV Campground are located, not surprisingly, along Niagara Creek, about 15 miles east of Strawberry. The standard campground is along Eagle Meadow Road, less than a mile from Highway 108, while the OHV site is another 2 miles up the road. Niagara Creek Campground was the site of a large construction camp in the 1860s when the Sonora and Mono Wagon Road (now Highway 108) was first being built. Today it has a modest 10 campsites with no potable water.

The OHV Campground is a favorite staging area for excursions onto designated OHV routes. It also has 10 campsites with no potable water.

Niagara Creek Campground Basics
Niagara Creek Campground Location: Eagle Meadow Road, off Highway 108, 14 miles east of Strawberry
Elevation: 6,570 feet
6,900 feet at the OHV camp
Miles/Driving time: Sonora - 45 miles, 1 hour
Stockton - 105 miles, 2:10
Campground Open: May through September
Number of Sites: 10 at each
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 Stanislaus National Forest
Summit Ranger Station: (209) 965-3434

No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: 22 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $10 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Niagara Creek and OHV Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: 17 miles, next to Pinecrest Store
Dump Station: 17 miles, near Pinecrest Dump off Highway 108 or at Clark Fork Campground (fee)
Attractions near Niagara Creek Campgrounds: Go 4-wheeling on the 6.4-mile Niagara Rim OHV Trail. Visit beautiful Eagle Meadows. See the Bennett Juniper (a 3,000-year-old tree). Try fishing along the Clark Fork. Drive up to Kennedy Meadows. Hike in the Emigrant Wilderness.

Niagara Creek OHV Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Niagara Creek OHV Campground

Key Niagara Creek Campground Regulations

  1. Avoid the spread of invasive insects by obtaining firewood locally.
  2. Dogs should be on leash and attended at all times.
  3. There is a limit of 3 tents or 1 RV or trailer per site.
  4. A maximum of 2 licensed vehicles (includes trailers of all kinds) may be parked at each campsite.

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Campground reservations become available 6 months in advance.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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.

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