Sand Flat Campground

Stanislaus National Forest

Dardanelles from Niagara Creek

Sand Flat Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Sand Flat 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

Sand Flat Campground

Sand Flat Campground sits along the Clark Fork of the Stanislaus River in the Stanislaus National Forest. The campground offers sites tucked in among the trees along the river as well as more spacious sites out in a scattered conifer forest. Anglers can stroll down to the river and cast their lines only a dozen yards from their campsites. Hikers can set out to explore the trails in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.

Of the 68 sites at the campground, 15 are walk-in tent sites. The rest can accommodate trailer, RVs or tents. Water is available from hand pumps. Some of the vault toilets in the campground are ADA accessible.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Clark Fork Road, 6 miles from Highway 108 and 26 miles east of Pinecrest
Elevation: 6,200 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sonora - 51 miles, 1:12
Campground Open: May through early October
Number of Sites: 68 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 American Land & Leisure for the Stanislaus National Forest
Summit Ranger Station: (209) 965-3434

No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: 22 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: most campsites on level ground, accessible toilets
Fees: $19
Check-in, check-out: any time, 11:00 AM

Sand Flat Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, potable water from hand pumps
Showers: No
Dump Station: At entrance to Clark Fork Campground, 1 mile west, free to campers at Sand Flat
Nearby attractions: Iceberg Meadow, Carson-Iceberg Wilderness hiking and equestrian trails, fishing, Dardanelle Resort, Kennedy Meadows, Emigrant Wilderness

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. 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

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