Camp Mather

Update: June 26 to July 2 Session Cancelled

After a number of staff tested positive for Covid-19, we have decided to cancel the week of June 26 to July 2 at Camp Mather out of an abundance of caution for the safety for our staff and guests. 

Our Support Services team will reach out this week to work with every family to either, reschedule your reservation for a later week in the summer, or offer a full refund if rescheduling is not an option. 

Congratulations to our 2022 Camp Mather Lottery winners! We are excited to host you this summer at Camp Mather. We are officially announcing our waitlist and will be reaching out as opportunities for vacancies arise. 

To see the waitlist click the link below!

2022 Camp Mather Waiting List Chart - Updated 4/15/22

Registration for our 2022 Camp Mather Senior Getaway can be found below. Registration will begin Monday April 4 at 10:00am and continue until Friday April 22. Senior Week 1Senior Week 2


Women by a campfire
Kids riding bikes
Woman riding a horse
Pile of logs by trees
Kids and adults at an archery range
Two people paddleboarding
Kids participating in a sack race
Youth on a challenge course high above the ground
Kids performing a program on-stage
  1. History
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The Origmorgue29_mather_entrance-600x354ins of a San Francisco Family Tradition

The history of Camp Mather dates back many years before the area became a popular vacation site. Even before the pioneers settled in California, Mather was home to a group of Miwok Indians, who made their camp near where the corral now stands. Artifacts are occasionally found from these Indians.

Although there are signs that prospectors may have re-settled the area during the gold rush era, it was actually not until the early part of this century that the area became heavily populated, when the City of San Francisco began construction of a dam at nearby Hetch Hetchy Valley.

During this time, a sawmill was built on the lake side of Mather to supply the lumber needed for the dam’s construction. ’ Birch Lake, now the camp "swimming hole," was used to float logs needed for the project.

At the same time, the Yosemite Park and Curry Company used the other side of camp to house tourists interested in seeing both Yosemite National Park and the construction of the dam. The company built the Jack Spring Dining Hall for this purpose, the building that now serves as the Camp Mather kitchen and dining room.

When the O’Shaughnessy Dam was completed, many of the facilities were no longer needed. In the mid 1920’s, the City of San Francisco designated the property for use as a family recreation area. It was named Camp Mather in honor of Stephen T. Mather, the first director of the National Park Service.