Sand Flat Campground

Stanislaus National Forest

Dardanelles from Niagara Creek

Sand Flat Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Sand Flat Campground

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

The Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County draws visitors from all over the area to its wonderful camping spots and its many recreational opportunities. Campers at Sand Flat Campground have the Clark Fork next to them for fishing and a number of scenic hiking trails leading into the wilderness.

  • From nearby Iceberg Meadow, follow hiking trails into the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.
  • Fish along the Clark Fork of the Stanislaus River.
  • Spend some days at Pinecrest Lake swimming on their beach, hiking around the lake, boating, and fishing.
  • Try a little lake fishing at Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, or Beardsley Reservoir.
  • Join a trail ride up the highway at Kennedy Meadows.
  • Explore the OHV routes at Niagara Creek and other locations.
  • Take off on a mountain biking adventure 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

  • Pinecrest and Strawberry are well known for excellent boating and fishing.
  • Twain Harte has a number of good restaurants and shops. During the summer, they have free outdoor concerts.
  • Beardsley Reservoir is popular for fishing, boating, and swimming.
  • The Clark Fork features good camping, fishing, and hiking.
  • Dardanelle Resort is the place to stop for supplies and a good meal.
  • Kennedy Meadows has lodging, a store, a pack station, and a restaurant.
  • Drive up scenic 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 Sand Flat 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.

Sand Flat Campground Basics
Sand Flat Campground 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: 2:00 PM, 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
Attractions near Sand Flat Campground: Drive up to nearby Iceberg Meadow. Enjoy the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness for its hiking and equestrian trails. Test your skills fishing nearby rivers. Drop in to the Dardanelle Resort for supplies or a restaurant meal. Visit Kennedy Meadows for trail rides, a store and a restaurant. Hike into the scenic Emigrant Wilderness.

Key San Flat Campground Regulations

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

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