The best part of waking up is the sweet smell of conifers in the morning. But don’t worry, there’s on-site potable water for your campfire coffee, too. Of course, you could easily drive to nearby Cold Springs and grab gas station joe, but why waste part of the day with that when there’s outdoor R&R and fishing in the Stanislaus River to be had? Dardenelle Campground offers a simple camping experience with walk-in and double sites, access to the Brightman Recreation Area, and plenty of room for improvisation.
Offered near the campground.
If you’re into mountain biking, or if you’re just curious, bring your two-wheeler out to Stanislaus for expert and beginner tra...Read more
Wanna zip around with your small motorboat across clear water surrounded by towering granite peaks? Not only can you do that in...Read more
Stanislaus is busting with lakes and ponds, which means it’s fishing galore. Catch some pretty rainbow trout, like this guy. ...Read more
Hiking through Stanislaus is a unique geological experience, whether you’re big into geology or not. You can see granite glacia...Read more
400 miles of horseback riding trails and plenty of horse-friendly base camps make Stanislaus the ideal adventure for you and yo...Read more
If you have a paddle boat of any kind, you’ll want to bring it out while you’re here. Kayak or canoe through the Utica and Uni...Read more
That’s right water babies, you can even windsurf here. Cherry Lake is the place to be for windsurfing, so if that’s your thi...Read more
If you’ve been itching for some mind-blowing scenery to try out your new four-wheeler, this would be the place to do it. You ca...Read more
With all the epic rock formations here, you know there are gonna be some sweet climbing options. Calaveras Ranger District ha...Read more
In the winter months, Stanislaus becomes a snowy wonderland (well, really, at high elevations, there’s snow for most of the yea...Read more
Waterfalls, epic swimming holes, and beautiful pristine lakes are scattered throughout Stanislaus. The first thing we would rec...Read more
If a relaxing dip or leisurely paddle isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, there are some rapids for you to conquer too. You ...Read more
Of course such a beautiful landscape is bound to be the home of equally awesome creatures. Bell Creek is a great place to chi...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Dardanelle Campground.