About the San Joaquin River Gorge

Visit the last wild portion of the San Joaquin River

SJRG Open With Fire Restrictions

As of October 25, 2020, The Bureau of Land Management reopened San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area in Fresno and Madera counties, near the town of Auberry. SJRG hunting, hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping is now open to the public.

All visitors take note that all public lands managed by the BLM Bakersfield Field Office are under fire restrictions prohibiting ALL use of open flame, including campfires, lanterns, barbecues or stoves, this includes within established campgrounds.

An interactive map and listing of fire restrictions throughout Bureau of Land Management California is available here.

FROG Friendly reminders

  • Now that SJRG is open COVID-19 health and safety guidelines are still in effect.
  • BLM continues to follow guidance and recommendations from state and local public health authorities to limit the spread of the virus.
  • The health and safety of our staff members and visitors in these facilities is our number one priority. To continue enjoying SJRG recreation opportunities, please follow these steps:
    1. Practice social distancing
    2. Keep groups at a maximum of ten people
    3. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask
    4. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    5. Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Welcome to the San Joaquin River Gorge Recreation Area, one of the Central Valley’s best kept secrets! Come explore the last scenic and wild portion of the San Joaquin River. Connect with nature through an abundance of outdoor opportunities for families, friends, scouts and more.

Getting here is easy and accessible by paved roads all year round! The San Joaquin River Gorge is rich in outdoor fun activities, significant natural, cultural and historic resources and is a rare Sierra Nevada transition zone, very important for the vigor of nature, health of wildlife and retreat for people.

Friends of the SJRG

The San Joaquin River Gorge Recreation Area is managed by the United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Friends Of the San Joaquin River Gorge (Fr.O.G), is a non-profit 501(c)(3) established to assist the BLM.

Fr.O.G’s mission is to ignite, inspire and cultivate visitor’s connection with local nature, culture and history. Our organization is designed to engage, foster stewardship and promote ethical preservation of natural, cultural and historic resources. Join us as we connect partners, patrons, visitors and volunteers to our communities via evocative educational, interactive and hands-on experiences.

Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

BLM manages public lands to maximize opportunities for commercial, recreational, and conservation activities. This promotes healthy and productive public lands that create jobs in local communities while supporting traditional land uses such as energy development, timber harvesting, grazing, and recreation, including hunting and fishing.

For more information about BLM, visit their site here.

What’s Here to Explore

In a deep canyon near the geographic center of California, the San Joaquin River Gorge divides Fresno and Madera Counties with 6,770 acres ready for hiking, picnicking, hunting, kayaking, biking, exploring nature, and equestrian, family and group campsites.

Scenic trails on the Madera County side of the river offer a six-mile hiking loop along the ridge with a four-mile trail along the river. The sixteen-mile San Joaquin River Trail begins on the Fresno side.

Discover displays, a gift shop, an outdoor classroom and occasional guided programs at the Visitor Center.

Explore a reproduction of an indigenous village with sweat lodge, cedar bark houses and an acorn granary. Investigate a nearby bedrock mortar acorn-processing site and a simulated archaeological excavation station.

There is something for everyone to discover, have fun and enjoy year round!

Friends of the San Joaquin River Gorge

40060 Smalley Road, P.O. Box 248, Auberry, CA 93602

Office: 559-855-3492

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