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

Barrett Cove Cabin

Barrett Cove Camping & Recreation

Barrett Cove is the largest of our recreation areas, with more than 200 choice campsites. With many shade trees, amenities, and just a short bit away from Exchequer Bike Park, Barrett Cove makes for a memorable getaway surrounded by California’s natural beauty.

Whether you enjoy fishing, swimming, hiking, or just relaxing under a tree, there’s no shortage of good times to be had at Barrett Cove.

Explore the Campground Virtually

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.

People looking at sunset over lake

Park and Lake Rules

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.

The direction for boating on Lake McClure is counter clockwise.

There is a 2 night minimum stay required for park model rentals.
Sorry, pets are not allowed on cabin grounds.

Lake McClure Cabins

Sleep In A Cabin

Love the great outdoors but don’t want to sleep in a tent? Get the best of both worlds and stay in a new cabin for the night, weekend, or entire week: the ideal get together for family and friends!

There is a 2 night minimum stay required for park model rentals.
Sorry, pets are not allowed on the cabin grounds (including parking and patio areas).

Barret Cove Camping & Recreation

Camping

  • 249 Camping & RV sites
  • 89 Water-Electric hookup sites
  • Free hot showers
Inside cafe

Facilities

  • 50 amp campsite availability 
  • Marina Store & Cafe 
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Restroom facilities
  • Day use picnic area – Picnic tables, barbecue grills, event pavilion rental, horseshoe pits
  • Children’s playground with volleyball court
  • Swimming lagoon & picnic area (Lagoon open by Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend or later)
  • Fuel dock & propane services 
  • Boat launch ramps & parking
  • Boat rentals (Currently Unavailable)
  • Cabin rentals