Wave a friendly “hello” to whitewater rafters hollering on their way by your tent at Dry Gulch Campground. On the banks of the Merced River, this is a popular spot for rafting, fishing, and hiking. Dry Gulch is surrounded on all sides by the stunning alpine scenery of the High Sierra. Take your kayak out onto the river and join in the fun!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
4 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Bikers can breeze on the trails in the Bass Lake ranger district and the High Sierra ranger district. In the High Sierra, you c...Read more


Motorized boating is allowed at Shaver Lake and Redinger Lake, and there are plenty of opportunities for non-motorized boating:...Read more


Lakes and reservoirs are generally open year round; freshwater stream fishing is open from late April to mid November. The best...Read more


There’s no shortage of incredible hikes here: Nelder Grove is home to some of the finest sequoias, and best of all, there are n...Read more

Horseback riding

Equestrians have so much to explore in the Sierra National Forest! With five wilderness areas, trails, horse camps, and horse r...Read more


Paddlers are welcome to explore the lakes in this forest-- many of the rivers are whitewater, so if you are feeling confident a...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Those looking for some scenic driving have come to the right place. We highly recommend the incredible 100 mile Sierra Vista Sc...Read more


Pretty rad rock climbing here-- Tollhouse Rock and Courtright Reservoir both have over a hundred climbs. Check out the list on ...Read more

Snow sports

You can sled/tube in Goat Meadow, cross country ski, snowshoe, and snowmobile over 234 miles of trails. China Peak Ski Area off...Read more


Bass, Huntington and Shaver Lakes are perfect for swimming, with designated swim areas. You can also swim in these creeks and c...Read more

Whitewater paddling

Whitewater adventurers often come to the Sierra National Forest for the Kings River and Merced Wild and Scenic River. The Kings...Read more

Wildlife watching

Wildlife includes mule deer, black bears, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, marmots, porcupines, and quail. You can also find trout, bas...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Dry Gulch Campground.

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Hipcamper Roman
Roman W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 30th, 2016

We had a great 4 night Easter weekend camp in 2016. The site is really nice, clean and well kept. The camp host Kelly was very friendly and helpful. We read the reviews on Yelp. Did not have Mosquito problems (maybe to early in the year;end of March) or other issues. The sites 1 and 4 are very secluded. Far enough from other campers. 3&4 are kind of together but with enough room in between. The camp sites are right next to Merced River so you have the white water noise all the time. The street to Yosemite is on the other side of the river, due to the white water sounds we did not really hear cars. We where not disturbed. Worst case bring ear plugs if you want to avoid nature sounds. Will come again.
-Clean vault toilets
-Water spigot

Big bear box and wooden picnic table. Awesome area around the campground. Camp site 4. 
Very secluded and big spot, right at the river with easy access to it.There are two good spots to pitch a tent. We chose the one closer to the water and further away from the fire.
Hipcamper Whitney
Whitney B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 4th, 2017

This is one of the coolest campgrounds around. You'd never know it existed if you were driving along the highway without a reservation. It has 4 tent spots so you know you're not going to be bombarded with people. The sites come with a tent spot, picnic table, fire pit and a food locker. The host is a great girl and she's got food for sale and knows the land well! You'll want site 1. While all are right on the Merced, this one has the most incredible rock formation that sits over the water -- the perfect place for a glass of wine, watching sunsets or contemplation. Dog friendly but as always, watch for wildlife! I will definitely be back!

The campground is equipped with great fire pits and grills! Pup loved sniffing around camp and watching the Merced flow by.In site 1, there's an amazing rock formation that sits over the Merced. A great place to relax, enjoy a glass of wine and just watch the river run by.
Hipcamper Anthony J.
recommends this listing.
May 29th, 2018
Hipcamper Beatriz U.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
October 26th, 2017
Hipcamper Tim M.
recommends this listing.
July 27th, 2017
Hipcamper Whitney B.
recommends this listing.
June 4th, 2017
Sierra National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(559) 297-0706
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37.673° N, 119.834° W
Unknown price
Tent Only: 4 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)

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