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
  • 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  

  • A and B loop at Lake McSwain is closed for an Electrical Modernization Project
  • Horseshoe Bend Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • MERCED RIVER ACCESS PROHIBITED BY ORDER OF MERCED COUNTY SHERIFF 

Campfires: Wood burning fires are currently permitted in contained rings and burn safe barrels. Propane and charcoal fires are permitted year round.

Current conditions updated 5/16/2024.

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 permitted in contained rings and burn safe barrels. Propane and charcoal fires are permitted year round. 

Updated 5/15/24

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

Biking and Hiking

Lake McClure Biking Trails

Exchequer Bike Park and Trails

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 store, Exchequer offers everything for your next biking adventure.

Exchequer Bike Park is open from dawn to dusk. Admission is included with an $10 per day/per vehicle entrance fee paid when entering Barrett Cove Recreation Area.

For upcoming events and trail fundraising efforts, please visit the Exchequer Riders Club website.

Mandatory Waiver Needed

All mountain bike riders at Exchequer Mountain Bike Park are required to complete and sign/date this wavier before riding in the Mountain Bike Park. Please print, sign, date and drop the form into the Barrett Cove Recreation Area Entrance Station Iron Ranger. You are also welcome to email us a PDF of the signed/dated waiver at info@lakemcclure.com. Please keep a hard copy or photo of your waiver with you at all times while riding in the park. Waivers are valid on the date signed and need to be completed daily anytime that you ride in the Exchequer Mountain Bike Park. You are responsible for submitting a new waiver as needed.

DOWNLOAD WAIVER

Trail Map App

The Trail Forks mobile application allows you to access info about each trail within Exchequer Bike Park. Please look for it on your mobile device’s App Store.

https://www.trailforks.com/apps/map/