MERCED RIVER CAMPING INFORMATION
There’s nothing like sleeping under the stars to complement a day of rafting! Although we don’t operate our own base camp at the Merced River like we do on the Kings River, there are several great campgrounds in the area for pre or post trip camping, many of them right on the river’s edge. The campgrounds featured here are open year-round.
There are three first come, first serve campgrounds operated by the Bureau of Land Management downstream from Briceburg (located about half way between Mariposa and El Portal). McCabe Flat, Willow Placer, and Railroad Flat Campgrounds are all a fantastic value – just $10 per site per night, for up to 8 people. These river-view walk in campsites feature restrooms, picnic tables, and a shaded parking area. However, there is no drinking water available, so make sure your group stocks up on water before heading to claim your site. To access these sites, turn off highway 140 at the BLM Information Center in Briceburg. Cross the bridge and proceed downstream. The road leading to the sites should be fine for most vehicles, but it is not suitable for large RVs or trailers.
Links for Yosemite-area Camping:
• Indian Flat Campground is the closest campground to Yosemite on Highway 140, offering a wide range of camping sites, a small gift shop, and access to an outdoor pool.
• Yosemite – a list of campgrounds inside Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Valley is 40 minutes from our meeting spot.
• AutoCamp Yosemite or call (888) 405-7553. Only 5 minutes from our meeting spot, offering “glamping” in cabins and Airstream trailer.
• Mariposa County Fairgrounds or call (209) 966-2432. RV & tent camping, individual camping on a first come-first served basis, some dates are not available (see their website for details).
• USFS campground reservations, permits, and other nationwide recreation information.