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

Best Hidden Fishing Spots in Northern California

Fall Fishing at Lake McClure: Top Tips and Hot Spots

Oct 10th, 2023

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.

Abundant Fishing Opportunities

With over 7,000 acres of open water, Lake McClure has no shortage of places to cast a line. Whether you’re fishing from the shoreline or from a boat on the water, you are sure to make your next big catch. Lake McClure’s varied topography allows the lake to be home to bass, trout, and salmon.
 
  • Bass Fishing: Several types of bass can be found at Lake McClure, including largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass. Numerous amounts of bass can be found at the Merced River Arm during the springtime, making it an excellent spot for anglers to explore.
  • Trout Fishing: Lake McClure’s many inlets are excellent spots to be on the lookout for rainbow, brown, and brook trout. Trout weighing in at almost 20 pounds have been caught in the area, so grab your pole and make your next trophy catch!
  • Salmon Fishing: Kokanee salmon can be found at Lake McClure but are the most elusive species in the area. Past anglers have had success catching salmon near the New Exchequer Dam via boat. Make sure to approach slowly so that the salmon doesn’t disperse.
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The Best Fishing Spots at Lake McClure

Many notable spots around the lake are great for anglers of all experience levels. Here are the top popular spots that report the most catches.

  • Horseshoe Bend: Located right on Lake McClure’s shoreline, Horseshoe Bend is perfect for anglers who don’t want to stroll too far from camp for prime fishing opportunities.
  • Barrett Cove: With both North and South boat ramps, Barrett Cove is great for anglers who prefer trolling the waters. This area hosts dozens of bass tournaments each year and is a great spot for bass.
  • Cotton Creek: At the southernmost part of Lake McClure, anglers can visit Cotton Creek and several other inlets to find large trout populations. This spot is perfect for those who like isolated and hidden fishing locations.

Now that you have learned about the best fishing spots and tips at Lake McClure, it’s time to explore the lake and make your next big catch! Besides fishing, Lake McClure is also a renowned camping destination, perfect for turning your fishing daytrip into a proper fishing excursion. Learn more about camping at Lake McClure, reservations, and pricing here. We look forward to seeing you on the lake!