Merced Irrigation District - Parks and Recreation

The Following Park Facilities are OPEN:

  • McSwain A and B loop Electrical Modernization is completed –  OPEN
  • All Campgrounds and Cabins – OPEN
  • Lake McClure – OPEN
  • Lake McSwain – OPEN
  • McSwain Ramp – OPEN
  • Horseshoe Bend Ramp – OPEN
  • Barrett Cove South Ramp – OPEN
  • Barrett Cove North Ramp – OPEN
  • McClure Point South Ramp – OPEN
  • McClure Point North Ramp – OPEN 
  • Bagby Ramp – OPEN
  • Barrett Cove Swim Lagoon – OPEN
  • McClure Point Swim Lagoon – OPEN
  • Reel Deal Market and Cafe at McSwain – OPEN (9:30 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday’s and Sunday’s)
  • Barrett Cove Marina – OPEN (9:30 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday’s and Sunday’s)

The following Park Facilities are CLOSED:  

  • Horseshoe Bend Swim Lagoon – CLOSED

Campfires: Wood burning campfires are PROHIBITED. Propane and charcoal fires are permitted year round.

Current conditions updated 7/15/2024.

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
  • Barrett Cove North Ramp – OPEN
  • McClure Point South Ramp – OPEN
  • McClure Point North Ramp – OPEN
  • Bagby Ramp – OPEN
  • Barrett Cove Swim Lagoon – OPEN
  • McClure Point Swim Lagoon – OPEN

The following Park Facilities are CLOSED:

  • A and B loop at Lake McSwain is closed for an Electrical Modernization Project
  • Horseshoe Bend Swim Lagoon – CLOSED

 Campfires: Wood burning fires are currently PROHIBITED. Propane and charcoal fires are permitted year round. 

Updated 6/5/24

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
  • McClure Point North Ramp – OPEN 
  • Bagby Ramp – OPEN
  • Barrett Cove Swim Lagoon – OPEN
  • McClure Point Swim Lagoon – OPEN

The following Park Facilities are CLOSED  

  • Barrett North Ramp – CLOSED
  • Horseshoe Bend Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Marina – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Upper Store – CLOSED

Campfires: Wood burning fires are currently permitted in contained rings and burn safe barrels. Propane and charcoal fires ONLY during wildfire season.

***Some rate increases will occur starting on 3/31/23** Day Use fees are all increasing by $2 – Compliance Fee raises to $50 **

The following Park Facilities are OPEN:

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

The following Park Facilities are CLOSED

  • McSwain Ramp – TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR DAM MAINTENANCE 3/16 – ?
  • Bagby Ramp – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove 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 are currently PERMITTED only in contained rings and fire safe bins. Propane and charcoal fires are permitted year round

***Some rate increases will occur starting on 3/31/23** Day Use fees are all increasing by $2 – Compliance Fee raises to $50 **

The following Park Facilities are OPEN:

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

The following Park Facilities are CLOSED

  • McSwain Ramp – TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR DAM MAINTENANCE 3/16 – ?
  • Bagby Ramp – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove 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 are currently PERMITTED only in contained rings and fire safe bins. Propane and charcoal fires are permitted year round

Lake McClure and Lake McSwain

Explore Lake McSwain and Lake McClure: Located in Yosemite Mariposa County’s northwest, these blue reservoirs offer a stunning escape. Perfect for water sports, camping, and fishing, their sunny, high-elevation setting makes them ideal summer destinations.

Camping Options: Our campgrounds, nestled among rugged foothills and scenic canyons, feature everything from basic sites for tents and RVs to cozy waterfront cabins. Facilities are available at Lake McSwain, McClure Point, Barrett Cove, and Horseshoe Bend, with additional camping options at the upriver Bagby Recreation Area.

Activities and Attractions: Enjoy protected swim areas, picnic spots, and the thrilling Splash-n-Dash Aqua Park at Lake McSwain. Exchequer Mountain Bike Park offers trails with spectacular lake views. Whether you’re camping lakeside at Barrett Cove or by the river at Bagby, our recreation areas promise unforgettable memories and experiences.

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Splash-n-Dash Aqua Park – North America’s Largest Floating, Inflatable Waterpark

The Central Valley of California’s hottest place to cool off is in our backyard, a 150,000 square foot floating water park! Enjoy over-the-top action and acrobatic thrills as you #FallIntoTheFun.

Guests staying at all Lake McClure and Lake McSwain Campgrounds can purchase an exclusive, 2-Day or 3-Day ticket, and Save up to 50% off the gate price.

Proof of stay is required at check-in.

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.

Splash N Dash Water Park

Splash-n-Dash Aqua Park

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

Splash-n-Dash Aqua Park at Lake McSwain is designed to ensure every guest has and amazing experience and is the perfect attraction for those seeking a day of high-energy fun.