Sonora, Calif., (May 21, 2015)…With over 800,000 acres of public lands, wilderness areas stanislausand alpine lakes, the Stanislaus National Forest (STF) encourages the public to “get outdoors” and recreate this Memorial Day weekend.

While recreation opportunities abound, visitors should be aware of safety precautions and water considerations before traveling.

Every Memorial Day weekend, Forest Service Law Enforcement personnel respond to an increased number of safety incidents on the forest, often involving alcohol and/or driving. Visitors are encouraged to recreate safely, to know and abide by local and state regulations in order to have a safe, enjoyable weekend.

In an effort to conserve water and in order to be in compliance with state and local water regulations, several campground concessionaires will not be supplying running water, or only supply in a limited capacity. Visitors should check with concessionaires before traveling and not rely on the ability to fill RVs.

Located between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite in the Sierra Nevada, the Stanislaus National Stanislaus-National-Forest-in-CaliforniaForest is a cherished and accessible overnight destination. The Forest offers a full range of year-round recreation opportunities. Three primary trans-Sierra routes—4, 108 and 120—traverse the forest, offering great views through a range of life zones (3,000′ – 9,500+’). A network of forest roads and trails encourages discovery of nature and history. Visitors enjoy a year-round variety of activities including watching wildlife, hiking, fishing, camping, picnicking, and off-road vehicle use.

Here is alink to open campgrounds and Recreational areas for the weekend: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/stanislaus/recreation

For more information about this news release or to speak with a Visitor Information Specialist about forest information and recreation opportunities, call the Stanislaus Supervisor’s Office at: 209-532-3671; Calaveras Ranger District (RD) at 209-795-1381; Groveland RD at 209-962-7825; Mi-Wok RD at 209-586-3234; or Summit RD at 209-965-3434.