Donnell Vista

Most developed recreation sites in the Stanislaus National Forest, including the day use area, campgrounds, and marina, are to remain closed through June 15 to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Forest Service staff announced Saturday.

A total of 20 day-use areas are open, a spokesperson for the federal forest said Monday morning in a phone interview. The Forest Service is urging people to understand these areas are intended for day use only and for local residents only, in keeping with local and state public health recommendations. All campgrounds and dispersed camping remain closed.

Open day-use areas include Columns of the Giants and Donnells Vista off Highway 108, Cherry Lake reservoir and the boat ramp off Cottonwood Road, also known as Forest Road 1N04, the Merals Pool boat ramp on the Tuolumne River off Highway 120, Rim of the World and Rainbow Pool on Highway 120, and the Lake Alpine reservoir boat ramp off Highway 4.

In addition, on Friday the forest supervisor, Jason Kuiken, signed an order prohibiting campfires outside open, developed recreation sites through Nov. 30.

Due to the forest closures and limited forest staffing, no trash removal is being done, so visitors need to take their trash with them. Law enforcement and search-and-rescue services may be limited.

The updated order does not close trails, trailheads, and general forest areas.


Contact Guy McCarthy at or 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.


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