Kennedy Meadows Camping

Stanislaus National Forest, California

Catch a trout in the Stanislaus River and plop it right into the frying pan.



Kennedy Meadows

Horseback Riding, Fishing, Hiking


Kennedy Meadows is 58 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108, near Sonora Pass. Kennedy Meadows has been a popular destination for mountain vacationers for more than a century. The Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station are located at the end of the short turnoff road to Kennedy Meadows. Two campgrounds are situated along that road, Baker Campground and Deadman Campground.

Kennedy Meadows draws people who love all aspects of the outdoors, from horseback riders to fishermen, from hikers to campers. The Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River flows by Kennedy Meadows offering great fishing. Less than a mile from the end of the road is the Emigrant Wilderness with miles of trails, alpine lakes, and spectacular scenery.



map of Kennedy Meadows campgrounds

Baker Campground

Baker Campground

Baker Campground is a favorite with mountain visitors who like to stay for extended periods. With the Stanislaus River at their doorstep and Kennedy Meadows Resort within an easy walking distance, Baker Campground makes a great place to park your RV or set up a tent. Campsites are well spaced and among the best on Sonora Pass.

Cost: $18 for a single site, $36 for a double + $5 for an extra vehicle
Reservations: None - first come, first served

Baker Campground Amenities

  • 10 tent-only sites; 33 tent or RV sites
  • Piped water
  • Vault toilets

History Note:

Baker Campground was named after Greenberry C. Baker who operated nearby Baker Station in the late 1800s when the Sonora and Mono Wagon Road was in busy use.


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Deadman Campground

Deadman Campground

Deadman Campground is at an elevation of 6,400' and is situated next to the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River on the Kennedy Meadows road. Its beautiful setting among the trees makes it a favorite camping destination for many. Kennedy Meadows Resort and the Emigrant Wilderness are both within walking distance.

Cost: $18 for a single site, $36 for a double + $5 for an extra vehicle
Reservations: None - first come, first served

Deadman Campground Amenities

  • 4 tent-only sites, 13 tent or RV sites
  • Piped water
  • Vault toilets

History Note:

Deadman Campground was named after nearby Deadman Creek which earned its label in the 1860s when a winter traveler ignored warnings of deep snow and attempted to cross from Leavitt Meadow to Eureka Valley. His frozen body was found a few days later resting by one of the Deadman Creek crossings high on the pass.


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