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 

The following Park Facilities are CLOSED  

  • Bagby Ramp – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • McClure Point Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Horseshoe Bend Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Reel Deal Store and Cafe at McSwain – 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 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
  • Barrett Cove North Ramp – OPEN
  • McClure Point South Ramp – OPEN
  • McClure Point North Ramp – OPEN

The following Park Facilities are CLOSED:

  • Bagby Ramp – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • McClure Point Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Horseshoe Bend Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Reel Deal Store and Cafe at McSwain – 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 are permitted year round. 

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

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Bagby Camping Tips: How to Make the Most of Your Lakeside Retreat

Nov 13th, 2023

Bagby Camping & Recreation area, nestled just below the wild & scenic Merced River at the inlet of Lake McClure, is a hidden gem for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a more remote and immersive camping experience. With its 31+ camping & RV sites, 10 primitive campsites along the river, 10 water-electric hookup sites, and the added bonus of free hot showers, Bagby provides the perfect setting for a lakeside retreat. To ensure you make the most of your visit, here are some fun and practical camping tips for your Bagby adventure.

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Plan Ahead for Campsite Selection

Bagby offers a variety of camping options, from RV sites to primitive campsites along the river. Consider the type of experience you’re seeking – whether it’s the convenience of water-electric hookups or the tranquility of a primitive site with the soothing sounds of the river nearby. Plan ahead and choose the campsite that best suits your preferences and needs.

Embrace Water Activities

Being located at the inlet of Lake McClure means you have access to a plethora of water activities. Pack your kayak, canoe, or paddle board to explore the lake. Fishing enthusiasts can try their luck at catching some of the local fish species. Don’t forget to bring swim gear for a refreshing dip in the lake on a hot day.

Enjoy Riverside Camping

For a more serene experience, consider one of Bagby’s primitive campsites along the river. Falling asleep to the gentle sounds of the flowing water can be a truly magical experience. Be sure to bring a comfortable hammock or portable chair to relax by the riverbank.

Pack a Picnic

While Bagby does provide camping amenities, packing a picnic basket with your favorite snacks and meals adds a personal touch to your lakeside retreat. Enjoying a meal outdoors surrounded by nature enhances the overall camping experience. 

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Night Sky Stargazing

Bagby’s remote location away from city lights makes it an ideal spot for stargazing. Bring a telescope or simply lay out a blanket and gaze up at the night sky. On clear nights, the stars above Lake McClure can be absolutely breathtaking.


Capture the Moment

Bring a camera or use your smartphone to capture the beauty of Bagby. From scenic lake views to the diverse wildlife that inhabits the area, there will be plenty of photo-worthy moments to share with friends and family.


Respect Nature

While enjoying your lakeside retreat, remember to respect the environment. Follow Leave No Trace principles and dispose of waste properly. By leaving nature as you found it, you contribute to the preservation of Bagby’s pristine beauty for future generations.


Bagby Campground Must-Knows

When visiting Bagby campground, check-in time is after 4PM and Check-out is before 2PM. Early check-in is not guaranteed and allowed only if the reserved campsite is ready. Their facilities include: 
  • 50-amp campsite availability
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Restroom facilities
  • Boat launch ramps & parking
  • Pets are welcome!
  • Free hot showers

Bagby Camping & Recreation area offers a unique blend of tranquility and adventure. By incorporating these camping tips into your lakeside retreat, you can ensure a memorable experience surrounded by the natural wonders of this remote and beautiful destination.