Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA)
Clear Creek Management Area in Snow (BLM photo)
Clear Creek Management Area Map
The Clear Creek Management Area is a 75,000 acre area in San Benito and Fresno Counties that contains 63,000 acres of public lands. Within that 63,000 acres of public land there is the 30,000 acre Serpentine Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) and the 9,700 acre Condon Peak Zone. Depending on your itinerary, one or more permits will be required to visit the Clear Creek Management Area.
Automotive access to the Clear Creek Management Area, including the Condon Peak Zone, requires a $5 vehicle use permit for each vehicle. There is no limit to the number of this type of permit that can be issued to an individual per year. Beginning March 14, 2014 this permit can be acquired at the Hollister Field Office. This permit allows a vehicle access to designated open routes within the Clear Creek Management Area for one week.
Camping: Clear Creek has three campgrounds (Jade Mill, Oak Flat, and Condon Peak) that feature campsites which are equipped with level RV pads, fire rings, shade structures, picnic benches, vault toilets, and a kiosk providing an interpretive panel, a map, and information about the area. Although no reservations or fees are required, there is a 14 day camping limit within any 28-day period. There is no electricity, running water, or trash collection at the campsites. Please utilize good camping ethics, and remember to pack out your garbage when you leave.
Access to the Serpentine Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) is accomplished by obtaining a free Serpentine ACEC access permit for each person in addition to the vehicle use permit; each person is limited to 5 permits per year. This permit allows individuals to enter the Serpentine ACEC for one day. There is no camping or overnight use in the Serpentine ACEC. Beginning March 14, 2014 these mandatory individual permits can be obtained at least 48 hours in advance of the date of entry at the Hollister Field Office, via fax, or email from Monday to Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm, except government holidays. Permit cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the permitted date of entry.
Serpentine ACEC Access Permit Email Instructions:
In order to obtain an access permit download and print the permit form. Completely fill out a form for each person and dates of desired entry. Each day requires a separate permit for each person. Scan and email the completed, signed form back to the Hollister Field Office for approval. The permit will be emailed back upon final approval. Print and retain the completed permit on the person of each visitor for the entire visit to the Serpentine ACEC.
Clear Creek Management Area