Old Camp Nine Bridge

Camp Nine is a large, open recreation area on the Stanislaus River nine miles upstream from Parrotts Ferry Bridge. This area is a popular day spot for fishermen and weekend warriors looking to cool off from the summer heat. A little ways upstream from the Collierville Powerhouse is a large swimming hole rife with small cliffs perfect for plunging into the cools waters. The swimming hole is only a 1/2 mile, easy hike once you cross over the footbridge. The area is large enough to spread out and claim your own secluded spot even with others around.


Camp Nine to Parrotts Ferry once was a popular whitewater rafting run, that is until the New Melones Dam was built in the late 1970s. During years of drought this arm of the lake drops low enough to become a flowing river again and offers rafters the opportunity to ride the 9-mile class II and class III rapids through the deep limestone Stanislaus River canyon.

To get here following a nine-mile, one lane, bumpy road from Parrotts Ferry Rd to the parking area at the end. This road is not maintained by the county and although paved is really rough so plan about 45 minutes to traverse the full nine miles. The parking area has ample space and there are vault toilets as well.

Area Details

  • Best Season: summer
  • Activities: swimming, fishing, kayaking
  • Dogs: yes, on leash
  • Hrs of Operation: year-round
  • Fees: none
  • Managed By: Bureau of Reclamation
  • Restrictions: no camping, fires, target shooting, mineral collecting, ohvs, wood cutting or collecting

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