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Merced Irrigation District - Parks and Recreation

The following Park Facilities are OPEN:

  • All Campgrounds and Cabins – OPEN
  • Lake McClure – OPEN
  • Lake McSwain – OPEN
  • McSwain Ramp – OPEN
  • Horseshoe Bend Ramp – OPEN
  • Barrett Cove South Ramp  – OPEN
  • McClure Point South Ramp – OPEN

The following Park Facilities are CLOSED:

  • McClure Point North Ramp – CLOSED
  • Bagby Ramp – CLOSED
  • Barrett North Ramp – CLOSED
  • McClure Point Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Horseshoe Bend Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Marina – CLOSED

Campfires: WOOD BURNING FIRES PERMITTED. Propane and charcoal fires are permitted year round.

Merced Irrigation District - Parks and Recreation

The following Park Facilities are OPEN:

  • All Campgrounds and Cabins – OPEN
  • Lake McClure – OPEN
  • Lake McSwain – OPEN
  • McSwain Ramp – OPEN
  • Horseshoe Bend Ramp – OPEN
  • Barrett Cove South Ramp  – OPEN
  • McClure Point South Ramp – OPEN

The following Park Facilities are CLOSED:

  • McClure Point North Ramp – CLOSED
  • Bagby Ramp – CLOSED
  • Barrett North Ramp – CLOSED
  • McClure Point Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Horseshoe Bend Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Marina – CLOSED

Campfires: WOOD BURNING FIRES PERMITTED. Propane and charcoal fires are permitted year round.

Lake McClure and Lake McSwain

Lake McClure is an amazing family-friendly lake that’s perfect for water sports, fishing, and camping in the warm California sun. Clean, fresh water with miles of shoreline and long inlets – enjoy California’s serenity without all the big crowds.

With a lake that’s big enough for boaters to spread out, Lake McClure is perfect for all of your favorite water recreational activities. Complete with launch ramps for water skiing and an ever-popular location for house boating. Lake McClure is an affordable getaway that you can visit time and time again.

Kayaking on the lake at sunset

California's Best Outdoor Recreation Destination

With everything from fishing to boating, swimming to camping, Lake McClure and Lake McSwain offer some of the best recreational opportunities in all of California.

Couple of boats on the lake

Boating

Lake McClure is a premier lake complete with plenty of coves and inlets for boaters to explore. With the inclusion of water ramps for water skiers and wakeboarders, McClure’s large body of water provides the best in water recreation.

Fisher showing fresh catch

Fishing

Lake McSwain is a strong fishing lake populated with a variety of fish like salmon, trout, and other species. With annual fishing tournaments held at the lake. Also rich with the best spots for shore fishing around the marinas and campgrounds, Lake McSwain is a great place for relaxing nature activities.

couple standing by their motorhome

Camping

With several campgrounds at both lakes, Lake McClure or Lake McSwain is perfect for your next vacation getaway. As most campgrounds have hot showers and other welcomed amenities, guests can reserve clusters of sites to create a group camping area on their reservation.

McSwain Cabin

Lodging

Cabins are available at Lake McSwain Campground and Barrett Cove Recreation Area on Lake McClure’s western shore. Ideal for a cozy vacation or family and friends get-togethers. Additionally, there is more lodging in the town of Coulterville and Mariposa.

Biker riding on mountainous terrain

Biking

Juxtaposing the natural beauty of the surrounding nature of our lakes and all the thrills of an exciting bike course, Exchequer Bike Park can be easily accessed from the  Barrett Cove Recreation Area. Located along the northwestern shore of Lake McClure, bask in the amazing scenery on our bike trail and experience a ride like no other. Complete with Barrett Cove’s hosted amenities including overnight tent camping, park cabins, and convenience stores, Exchequer offers everything for your next biking adventure.

Child playing on obstacle course floating on the lake

Splash n Dash

Splash-n-Dash, North America’s Largest Floating, Inflatable Waterpark Offers A Complete Range Of Activities For Families Located in California’s Central Valley.

Splash-n-Dash at Lake McSwain is designed to ensure every guest has an amazing experience and is the perfect attraction for those seeking over-the-top adventures, mind-blowing acrobatic thrills and safe, yet fun, athletic challenges.