Lumsden Landing Swimming & Fishing Local Hide-a-Way

Known locally as Lumsden Landing, this camping, fishing, picnicking and swimming location is hidden away in the beautiful Tuolumne River gorge in Southern Tuolumne County off of Highway 120 on the way to/from Yosemite National Park. It is the “put in” spot for rafters and kayakers on the Tuolumne River, but offers overnight Forest Service camping as well as day trips for picnicking, swimming and fishing.

From Groveland travel east on Highway 120 towards Yosemite National park approximately 10 miles, turn left on to Ferretti Road. (Note that Ferretti Road intersects with Highway 120 twice, once in the center of the town of Groveland, and once again closer to Yosemite which is the junction you want for Lumsden.) Turn right on Lumsden Road off of Ferretti Road. The road to Lumsden Landing is about five miles, and is a fairly steep, narrow, dirt road; not advisable for trailers; which is subject to closure during inclement weather.

Or, if traveling from the east and Yosemite National Park, turn right on Cherry Lake Road and continue 5 miles to Early Intake, turn south-west at the junction for Lumsden.

Lumsden Landing is a low elevation site, at about 1,500 feet, near the confluence of the South Fork of the Tuolumne River and the Tuolumne River, within the Tuolumne-Lumsden Recreation Area. There are 3 Forest Service campgrounds in the area, Lumsden, Southfork, and Lumsden Bridge with picnic tables and toilets.

Lumsden Road and Cherry Lake Road provide access to the Tuolumne, most of which is located in areas that have limited access. Within the Stanislaus National Forest, the River is not highly developed for recreation due to rugged terrain and few access points, yet fishing, hiking, and camping are very popular. The unique recreation feature of the Lower Tuolumne is white water rafting, but fishing is very popular too from the last Saturday in April until mid-November, particularly for Rainbow Trout.

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Latitude: 37.8479006 Longitude: -120.0302267 Elevation: 1518 ft

Recreational Opportunities

"Put-in" spot for rafting and kayaking the Tuolumne River. The area is provides access to fishing and swimming, and facilities for picnicking and camping.

Seasons Accessible

Road subject to closure during winter months and spring rainy season


Forest Service campgrounds have a fee


After the Rim Fire blazed through here, its an amazing oasis amongst burned trees. The road IS VERY ROUGH - took about an hour in a 4x4 jeep to go the 6 or so miles - and its very narrow. Just so ya know! DO NOT go down this road in a convention automobile and please DO NOT have a campfire & know that fireworks are illegal! Too darned dry & dangerous.

Sharon Coolidge, 6/20/2014

worth it when you get into the area.a lot of trash left around camp areas.i always clean up outdoor idiots sites as i find's always amazed me that these people can enjoy themselves while despoiling the very beauty they supposedly came for.pack in pack out.

jack stacy, 10/1/2016

Went yesterday..amazing place....the road down can look daunting but very manageable..i drove with my wife and 2 kids..take it slow and you will be fine..and to ourselves..trout jumping out of the water by the boat ramp...pack in pack out..leave it cleaner than when you got there...

Nate from Menlo park..., 2/23/2018

I don’t like to drive very much and this road really was treacherous for me. I have a Ford Edge and never really felt safe. Dirt, rocks, one way, very steep and your on a cliff. It’s a long road. Keep it in LOW drive on the way down.

Sherry Buck, 5/9/2018

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