Two is always better than one! Don’t believe us? We dare ya to prove us wrong on your visit to the Utica/Union Reservoirs Campground. Not only do they have two different lakes, but also four different lake view campgrounds to choose from: Sandy Flat and Rocky Point on Utica and Union West and Union East on Union. Sounds too good to be true, we know, but take our word for it, it’s the reelest. Popular for paddle sports, these two lakes offer water good lookin’ enough to drink (but don’t without filtering), and little lake islands to explore. Yup, islands.

Campsite area
Tent sites
52 sites
Up to guests per site
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers


Offered near the campground.


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Horseback riding

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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

Wind sports

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

Off-roading (OHV)

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

Snow sports

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Whitewater paddling

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

Wildlife watching

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 Utica/Union Reservoirs Campground.

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Jason O.
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April 15th, 2017

Bring a canoe or kayak, some of the best places are only accessible by water.

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October 28th, 2015

FYI if you have any questions about this campground the direct phone number to the Calaveras Ranger station is actually 209-795-1686. The ranger also recommended speaking with the Ebbett's Pass Sports 209-795-1686 about the latest information on fishing. I hear they stock Union Reservoir with rainbow trout :)

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Stanislaus National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(209) 532-3671
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38.438° N, 120.004° W
Tent Only - Hike In: 52 Sites
(Up to people per site)