SONORA, California – Many campgrounds and day use areas on the Stanislaus National Forest will begin closing for the season Oct. 1. Depending on their locations, some recreation sites will remain open for a few more weeks as crews prepare the facilities for winter.

Fall weather means snow and cold temperatures are returning soon to the Forest. Recreation staff must winterize campgrounds and other facilities before snowfall makes it difficult to access these sites. Crews shut off water, empty vault toilet restrooms and secure equipment when preparing a recreation site for winter conditions.

Please visit the Forest website at and click on Recreation for a list of areas and campsites that are closed for the season, or contact one of our offices:

Stanislaus NF Supervisor’s Office:  209-532-3671

Calaveras Ranger District:  209-795-1381

Groveland Ranger District:  209-962-7825

Mi-Wok Ranger District:  209-586-3234 (Fridays only 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Summit Ranger District:  209-965-3434

Source: Stanislaus National Forest Campsites and Day Use Areas close for the season Oct. 1