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 6/10/2024.

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 McSwain and Lake McClure Blogs

Splash-n-Dash Aqua Park: The Ultimate Summer Destination at Lake McSwain

Summer is here, and there’s no better way to beat the heat than at Splash-n-Dash Aqua Park, now open for the season at Lake McSwain. As North America’s largest floating, inflatable waterpark, Splash-n-Dash Aqua Park offers an exhilarating and unique experience for visitors of all ages.

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Summers at The Lakes

As the summer sun begins to warm up the lakes, there’s no better place to immerse yourself in the outdoors than at Lake McClure and Lake McSwain. Located near Yosemite, these twin lakes offer fun recreational activities for visitors of all ages. Let’s dive into what makes a summer at the lakes truly unforgettable.

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Spring Cleaning: Keeping Your Campsite and Campground Clean

As spring season arrives and the great outdoors call, many of us find ourselves drawn to getting outside and planning camping adventures. Lake McClure and Lake McSwain offer peaceful settings for camping, fishing, boating, and connecting with nature. However, with the joys of outdoor recreation come responsibilities, and among them is the duty to keep our campgrounds and campsites clean.

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Reel in the Fun: Exploring Lake McSwain’s Trout Fishing Derbies

What is it about Lake McSwain that makes it a destination for trout fishing? The answer lies in its waters and abundant fish population. Stocked regularly with rainbow trout, the lake offers fishers opportunities to test their skills and reel in a prize-winning catch. Whether you’re casting from the shore or cruising the waters in a boat, the thrill of hooking into a trout is an experience like no other.

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Elevate Your Big Day: A Dream Wedding at Lake McClure and Lake McSwain

Planning a wedding is an exciting journey filled with decisions that will shape one of the most meaningful days of your life. Among the many choices,
selecting the perfect venue stands out as an important decision. If you’re dreaming of a wedding surrounded by nature, look no further than Lake McClure and Lake McSwain in Central California

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A Guide to Life as a Campground Host at Lake McClure and Lake McSwain: Embracing Nature’s
Call in Central California

Embarking on a journey as a campground host at Lake McClure and Lake McSwain in Central California is not just a job; it’s a great opportunity for those who love the outdoors. For those considering taking on this role, here’s a glimpse into what to expect when becoming a campground host at Lake McClure and Lake McSwain…

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Planning Your Camping Trip at Horseshoe Bend: What You Need to Know

In the heart of Central California, just a few miles west of the charming historic town of Coulterville and along the picturesque Highway 132, lies a hidden gem waiting to be explored – the Horseshoe Bend Camping & Recreation area at Lake McClure…

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RVing by the Lake: A Guide to Lake McClure and Lake McSwain’s RV Campsites

Are you ready to embark on a memorable RV adventure by not one, but two scenic lakes? Lake McClure and Lake McSwain offer a tranquil escape for RV camping enthusiasts seeking a serene lakeside retreat. In this guide, we will take you through everything you need to know to make the most of your RV experience at Lake McClure and Lake McSwain’s campgrounds…

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

Bagby Camping & Recreation areaarea, 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…

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Fall Fishing at Lake McClure: Top Tips and Hot Spots

Located in the Yosemite Mariposa County, Lake McClure has continuously proven to be a perfect spot for anglers seeking the thrill of the catch. Boasting pristine shorelines and diverse aquatic habitats, this reservoir promises a unique fishing experience. In this guide, we’ll explore the top tips and fishing spots at Lake McClure, shedding light on the specific types of fish that can be caught and where to find them…

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Why Splash-n-Dash Aqua Park is the Ultimate Summer Destination

Looking for an exciting getaway this summer? Look no further than Splash-n-Dash Aqua Park, North America’s largest floating inflatable water park…

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5 Tips for Staying Cool During Summer

With an excessive heat wave sweeping the nation this summer, it is important to take measures to stay cool. Nothing is worse than being sidelined from the fun when you’re overheated. Here are some essential tips to not miss a minute of summer fun at the lake during your visit.

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Discovering the History of Lake McClure: How It Became a Popular Tourist Destination

Lake McClure is more than just a picturesque reservoir nestled in the rolling hills of California’s Central Valley. It’s a living testament to the ingenuity and determination of those who built it and the people who continue to rely on it today…

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Planning the Perfect Family Vacation at Lake McClure and McSwain: Kid-Friendly Activities and Accommodations

Planning a family vacation can be a fun and exciting experience, but it can also be overwhelming, especially when trying to find activities that are kid–friendly. If you’re looking for a place to visit that offers plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family, check out Lake McClure and Lake McSwain!…

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Enjoy Mountain Biking? You MUST Check Out This Exciting Bike Park in California

Your next mountain biking adventure awaits at Exchequer Bike Park! Located along the northwestern shore of the scenic Lake McClure, Exchequer Bike Park offers stunning views, thrilling trails, and highspeed fun.

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Why Spring is the Best Season for Camping

Your next mountain biking adventure awaits at Exchequer Bike Park! Located along the northwestern shore of the scenic Lake McClure, Exchequer Bike Park offers stunning views, thrilling trails, and highspeed fun.

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Best Road Trip Destinations in Central California

If you’re looking for a scenic road trip destination that offers plenty of outdoor activities, look no further than Lake McClure and Lake McSwain! Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the two lakes are popular spots for camping, fishing, boating, biking and more. … 

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Best Hidden Fishing Spots in Northern California

Looking for the perfect spot for your next fishing trip? Look no further! Northern California is home to plenty of iconic lakes and rivers featuring perfect weather, an abundance of fish, and gorgeous scenery…

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Going Camping? Don’t Forget These Essential Items

Camping is the perfect activity for experiencing nature, taking a break from the modern lifestyle, and spending time with friends and family. However, preparing for an extended excursion into the wilderness… 

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Top Family Staycation Ideas in California

Are you looking to plan a fun trip without breaking the bank? Well, look no further! Lake McClure and Lake McSwain have plenty of activities and camping amenities for family and friends. Find out more about what Lakes McClure and McSwain have to offer…

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