Beardsley Reservoir is located in a steep rocky canyon on the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River, approximately 5 miles downstream from Donnells Reservoir, 7 miles from Highway 108 on Beardsley Road. Beardsley Road is a steep and winding paved route where safe travel speeds average 20-30 mph or less.
Beardsley Reservoir is in the Summit Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest. Developed recreation facilities exist at the reservoir which is popular for camping, day use and fishing. The reservoir is open all year with road access subject to winter closure. The end of the boat launch ramp elevation is 3,315 feet above sea level.
Beardsley Reservoir visitors enjoy camping, day use and fishing:
- Beardsley Dam Campground with a total of 16 campsites.
- Beardsley Day Use Area: BBQs, picnic tables, flush toilets, swimming, boating, boat launch ramp, water skiing, fishing and nature trail.
- Beardsley Boat Launch elevation is 3,315.
- China Flat Day Use, located below the dam: fishing, picnic tables and vault toilets.
- Black Oak Campground, located 5 miles from Highway 108 on Beardsley Road: 18 campsites, water and vault toilets.