Sourgrass Area Campgrounds

Calaveras County, California

map showing location of Sourgrass on the Stanislaus River, Calaveras County

Camping around Sourgrass

Notice of Road Closures: Due to severe winter damage, some popular roads leading off Highway 4 will be delayed in opening this year and a couple may not open at all this 2017 season. Affected roads include Boards Crossing Road and Spicer Meadow Reservoir Road. It appears, however, that Boards Crossing Road from Dorrington down to the river was not damanged and Wakalu Hep Yo Campground will open as ususal. Read details at Stanislaus National Foresdt - Storm Damage 2017

Sourgrass area campgrounds are located on the banks of the North Fork of the Stanislaus River, several miles south of Dorrington. Wakalu Hep Yo (Wild River) Campground is at Sourgrass river crossing. Another camping area is found at Boards Crossing, about 2 miles downriver from the Sourgrass Crossing. A dispersed camping site is located there. Confusion arises because some people refer to the Sourgrass bridge area as Boards Crossing.

Wakalu Hep Yo Campfire Programs and Daytime Activities Guide for 2018 - usually announced in late May

Wakalu Hep Yo (Wild River) Campground

Wakalu Hep Yo Campground is set in mature conifer and oak forest on the north shore of the North Fork of the Stanislaus River. Swimming is not recommended in the Stanislaus River here because of the treacherous currents and rocks. Fishing and hiking are popular activities. A Day Use area is located across the river.

campsite in Wakalu Hep Yo Campground

Directions: Follow the paved Sourgrass - Boards Crossing road from Dorrington 5 miles down to the campground. This road is closed by snow in the winter.

Fees: $20 for a single site
Reservations: None

Wakalu Hep Yo Campground Amenities

  • 49 Campsites for Tents and small RVs or Trailers
  • Piped water, Vault and Flush Toilets, Showers
  • Miwuk Indian Interpretive Site, Season Interpretive Programs

History Note:

This area of the Stanislaus River has been inhabited by Miwuk Indians for more than 2000 years. Early artifacts such as grinding stones and middens have been preserved here. A massive landslide in 1997 carried mud and debris down the canyon side from above Highway 4, destroying the original Sourgrass Bridge.


Boards Crossing Campground

Boards Crossing Campground is actually a dispersed camping location rather than a maintained campground, but since it appears on many maps we have included it here.

Directions: Take the Boards Crossing - Sourgrass Road leading south from Dorrington 1.5 miles and then turn right onto an unmarked (and hard to notice) gravel road leading to Boards Crossing (about 3 miles). Cross the bridge and turn right, passing through a private residential area before reaching the camping area.

Fees: None
Reservations: None

Boards Crossing Campground Amenities

  • 5 campsites sites
  • No Water or garbage service
  • Vault toilets


map of campgrounds at Sourgrass and Boards Crossing, Calaveras County, CA