Railroad Flat Campground
At the end of Briceburg River Road and 4.5 miles from the suspension bridge within the BLM, Merced River Recreation Area is the Railroad Flat Campground. Popular with gold prospectors and hikers alike, there is always interesting campfire talk in this campground. It also serves as the trailhead for the BLM, Merced River Trail. The Merced River Trail is a spectacular wildflower walk in spring, has great scenery, fine fishing, and amazing swimming during other times of the year.
Know Before You Go
- Camping is first come, first served. No reservations available.
- There are 9 campsites available.
- Maximum 8 people and two vehicles per site.
- Quiet Hours: After 10 PM (No loud music, generators, etc.)
- There is a self-pay system available to pay for sites.
- A campsite is rented ONLY once it has been paid in full, pay-stub is properly completed and attached to campsite post, and site is occupied by campers (tent up).
- All sites have a picnic table, grill, and food storage lockers.
- No potable water available at the campsites. There is potable water available by the information kiosk, across the Briceburg Bridge.
- Parking Area
- Recycling Cans
Seasonal fire restrictions apply.
- Fires must be in a metal fire ring.
- No fires on the beach!
- There are no lifeguards on duty at the Merced River! Please wear a life jacket.
- The Merced River is undammed, and the flow changes dramatically.
- SWIMMING IS ONLY RECOMMENDED BELOW 700 CFS.
- Trailers/RV's over 18 feet are not recommended crossing the suspension bridge.
- Dogs must be on a leash.
- No discharging of fireworks or firearms.
- River flow is posted on-line at: www.dreamflows.com
- Return To: Merced River Recreation Management Area
- Visit: Mother Lode Field Office
- Recreation Passes: America the Beautiful — National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
From the city of Merced, located on U.S. Highway 99, travel 40 miles east on State Highway 140 to the town of Mariposa. Then travel another 15 miles along Highway 140 to the Briceburg Visitor Center at the Wild & Scenic Merced River.
There are three developed BLM campgrounds along the Merced River between Briceburg and Bagby. The campgrounds are accessed by crossing the suspension bridge just past the Briceburg Visitor Center and heading down river along Briceburg River Road (old Yosemite Valley Railroad Grade). Trailers over 18 feet and large RV's are not recommended crossing the suspension bridge.
Camping Fee: $10.00 per site, per night
Recreation Pass: $5.00 per site, per night