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USFS Groveland Ranger District Recreation Conditions Update - 4/15/2014

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The Rim Fire Closure has been revised!  Sites now open for public use include:

         Rainbow Pool Day Use Area

         Carlon Day Use Area including Carlon Falls Trail

         Lumsden Road (1N10) between Ferretti Road and Lumsden Bridge including Merals Pool Boat Launch, Lumsden Campground, and Lumsden Bridge Campground. RVs and trailers are not recommended on Lumsden Road. (South Fork Campground remains closed due to the loss of the vault toilet and presence of hazard trees).

         Middle Fork Day Use Area

         Dimond O, Lost Claim, and Sweetwater Campgrounds will open for overnight use starting Friday, April 25th. The Pines Campground, including the group site, will also be available for a fee stating April 25th. Campsites can be reserved online at


Please be patient as the Groveland Ranger Districts takes the time to unlock gates and remove closure signs from the areas listed above.


Additional Details for Tuolumne Wild & Scenic River Whitewater Boaters:

         Public access to the Upper Tuolumne/Cherry Creek launch at Holm Powerhouse off of Cherry Lake Road (1N07) is limited to shuttle service only: 1-209-559-4605.

         Stating May 1st, free, mandatory permits are required to float between Cherry Creek and Merals Pool and from Merals Pool to Ward's Ferry. Permits can be picked up at the Groveland Ranger Station during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm). Reservation forms are now available online:

         Please remain alert for additional hazards such as rock slides and trees within the river due to the Rim Fire. Additionally, there is a large debris boom across Don Pedro Reservoir past Ward Ferry Bridge blocking motor boat access for shuttle/taxi boats. Boating downstream of Wards Ferry Bridge is not recommended.


Personal Fuelwood: Permit holders may continue to collect at Dimond O, Lost Claim, and Sweetwater Campgrounds as well as Upper and Lower Carlon Day Use Areas until April 24th or when no more downed wood is available.


Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area. Potential hazards include loose and falling rocks, flash floods, and debris flows. Trees may have been weakened from fire damage and ongoing drought and may fall at any time. Stay on designated roads and trails and within opened areas. Be alert for falling objects and do not linger around large trees. Avoid the area during high winds or heavy rain.


Please give the Groveland Ranger District a call if you have any questions: 209-962-7825

Summary of this information available as a PDF here