Sourgrass Recreation Area

The Sourgrass Recreation Area, part of the Stanislaus National Forest, includes both a day-use area and the Wakaluu Hepyoo campground. The day use area is a great launch pad for a rafting trip, fishing trip, barbecue or a day hike. The beautiful campground is set in a mature conifer and oak forest on the North Fork of the Stanislaus River.

For over 2,000 years the Miwuk people lived seasonally in this canyon, gathering food, and fishing the river. The Miwuk word WaKaLuu means river and Hep Yoo describes an untamed or wild force of nature. Campground is located on the site of an ancient Miwuk Indian village, within the Sourgrass Recreation Complex. Significant Native American artifacts such as grinding stones and middens have been preserved. Nearby fishing, picnic/day use area, river shore trails, and whitewater boating launch.

There are numerous programs presented throughout the summer by the Interpretive staff of the Calaveras District of the Stanislaus National Forest.


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Latitude: 38.322266 Longitude: -120.21841 Elevation: 4028 ft
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Driving Directions

Take Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway or Hwy 4, to Dorrington, just east of Arnold. Then travel south on Board's Crossing-Sourgrass Road for about 5 miles until you get to the river.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs on leashes are welcome.

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