Willow Placer Campground

Merced River Recreation Management Area

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Briceburg Rd. Briceburg, CA 95345 209-379-9414 916-941-3101 Official Website

GPS: 37.6092, -120.0078

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Overview of Willow Placer Campground

Willow Placer Campground is the second of three BLM campgrounds within the Merced River Recreation Management Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Mother Lode Field Office. Willow Placer Campground offers 8 walk-in and 1 drive-up group campsite and is located 3.6 miles west of the Briceburg Suspension Bridge. Campers should be aware that trailers over 18 feet and large RV's are not recommended crossing the suspension bridge. Potable water is not available at the campgrounds but there is water available from a faucet at the information kiosk near the Briceburg Suspension Bridge. The BLM campgrounds along the Merced River do not take reservations, campsites are on a first-come-first-served basis only.

Number of Sites 9

Elevation 1,049 ft / 319 m

Max Stay 14

Max Length 18 ft

Tent Camping Yes

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Verizon 3G
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 4/15/2021

Reviewed 4/15/2021

Overall Rating

Great BLM sites right on the river. Well-maintained. Bumpy roads, but no high clearance or 4WD needed. Re: the suspension bridge at the entrance to the forest Road, it’s definitely very tight turn on/off, but I have a 20 foot van and had no issues. Note, the posted weight limit is 15 tons.

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Matt would stay here again

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23' Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 19 BFD
Toyota Tacoma
4 reviews
“Looks very nice for mostly walk-in tent camping”

Reviewed 12/2/2020

Nightly rate: $10
Days stayed: 0
Overall Rating

We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 night stay at McCabe Flat and passed through this campground several times on bikes. As there are no reviews yet for this camp, I thought I’d leave one.
Now some details:
Campsites had nice picnic tables and amazing raised fire rings with cooking grates. We did not see the bathrooms.
One big drive-in sure and the rest are walk-in tent sites. There is one campground further down the road that have both drive in and walk in options.
There is a formidable suspension bridge where you turn off the main road into the “Briceburg” BLM area. We are a Tacoma pulling a 23’ trailer, and we were a tight squeeze. I honestly wouldn’t do it with anything larger. The road itself is rough with steep drop offs on one side, but it was no cause for concern for us once over the bridge (it was the old railroad grade into this Gold Rush hot spot).


Sonya would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
  • swimming beach
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • recycle
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • pets


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