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

Best Hidden Fishing Spots in Northern California

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

Dec 13th, 2023

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. Nestled amidst some breathtaking landscapes, this camping spot offers a perfect escape for those seeking a quiet getaway along the tranquil waters of the lake.

Horseshoe Bend is more than just a camping site; it’s a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The proximity to Highway 49 makes it easily accessible, ensuring that the journey to this natural sanctuary is as enjoyable as the destination itself.

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One of the main draws of Horseshoe Bend is its idyllic location on Lake McClure. The sprawling lake, surrounded by rolling hills, creates a serene atmosphere that sets the stage for a truly immersive camping experience. Whether you’re an avid angler, a water sports enthusiast, or someone simply seeking a peaceful spot to relax, Horseshoe Bend has something for everyone.

Fishing enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise as they cast their lines into the waters of Lake McClure. The lake is home to a few fish species, providing ample opportunities for both seasoned anglers and beginners to try their luck. Imagine spending your mornings by the water, surrounded by the soothing sounds of nature, as you wait for the elusive catch of the day.

For those looking to cool off on a warm day, Horseshoe Bend offers the perfect swimming spots along the lake’s shoreline. The crystal-clear waters beckon campers to take a refreshing dip, creating lasting memories of laughter and joy. Families can bond over water activities, creating a sense of connection that only nature can provide.

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As you plan your camping trip to Horseshoe Bend, consider the amenities that make this site stand out. The campground is well-equipped with facilities like restrooms and designated camping areas, ensuring a comfortable stay for all visitors. Be sure to pack essentials such as camping gear, outdoor clothing, and, of course, your adventurous spirit.

Horseshoe Bend at Lake McClure in Yosemite Mariposa County offers a perfect blend of tranquility and adventure for camping enthusiasts. Whether you’re drawn to the allure of fishing, the excitement of water activities, or the serenity of hiking trails, this hidden gem has it all. So, pack your bags, plan your route, and embark on a journey to Horseshoe Bend for an unforgettable camping experience in the heart of nature’s splendor.