About Lake McClure

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.

Why Visit Us

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.

Lake McClure Boating & MarinasLake 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.
Lake McClure FishingLake 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, fishing boats are available for rent at the Barrett Cove Marina. Also rich with the best spots for shore fishing around the marinas and campgrounds, Lake McSwain is a great place for relaxing nature activities.
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.

About Lake McSwain

The Lake McSwain Camping & Recreation area is one of Central California’s best kept secrets. Featuring a marina, general store, and food service, Lake McSwain features an abundance of great recreational areas and is located just six miles from the town of Snelling.

Hosting a wide variety of trout species, Lake McSwain offers an excellent opportunity to catch daily bag limits and large trophy fish. As trolling and shore fishing are popular success methods for pursuing that one amazing catch, Lake McSwain is home to many fishing tournaments and is a perfect place to relax the day away with a few casts.

Lake McClure & Lake McSwain


About Lake McClureLake McClure is big enough for boaters to spread out and enjoy lake activities without the usual crowd found at other lakes. With lots of nice coves and inlets for visitors and house boaters to enjoy, along with launch ramps, the wide body of open water leaves enough room for both relaxing and water sports recreation, sacrificing no loss of comfort for any water skiers or wakeboarders, sailors, or anglers.


Lake McClure and Lake McSwain have three marinas, two on the west side and a third on the north shore. While services vary at each marina, Barrett Cove Marina has everything you need for your stay, along with a variety of boat rentals ranging from ski boats, patio boats, houseboats, and personal watercrafts.


Fishing at Lake McClurePopulated with tons of salmon, trout, bass, and other species, Lake McSwain is a great fishing lake with fishing tournaments held regularly. While shore fishing around the marinas, campgrounds, and even around some of the more remote coves and creek inlets are great casting spots, fishing boats are available for rent at the Barrett Cove Marina for those that wish to fish out on the lake.


Camping at Lake McClureAll campgrounds have hot showers and other great amenities to make your stay a comfy one. With most campgrounds also offering RV hook-ups, guests can reserve clusters of sites on their reservation to create a group camping area for large parties.


Cabins are available at 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.


Among the foothill reservoirs, Lake McClure and Lake McSwain provide a distinct natural beauty that is unmatched by their counterparts. With rolling hills and stately oaks for a warm, friendly ambiance, the relaxed feel to the lakes at Merced Irrigation District is sure to bring a memorable experience.

Nearby Communities

As Lake McClure and Lake McSwain aim to be an immersive getaway from the usual busy California landscape, Coulterville is the only major town close to our district. Alternatively, the small community of Snelling is right around the bend of the lake, with park visitors using it for gas and other needs.


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Reservations & Campground Information

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