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

Swing into Spring – What’s new at Lakes McClure and McSwain for 2024

BARRETT COVE MARINA AND STORE NOW OPEN

Barrett Cove Marina has reopened under new management. That’s right. The Reel Deal Market and Café that has successfully run the Lake McSwain store and café – as well as the Splash ‘n Dash Aqua Park – has reopened the market and café at Barrett Cove this year. Barrett Cove is once again ready to welcome visitors with open arms and breathtaking views.

Whether you’re a seasoned local or a first-time guest, come indulge in delicious bites, refreshing beverages, and the serene ambiance of the marina. From tranquil strolls along the shore to adventurous boating excursions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Barrett Cove Marina. 

MOUNTAIN BIKING SEASON

Dust off your bike and grab your helmet because mountain biking season is back!

Nestled in the stunning landscape surrounding Lakes McClure and McSwain, Exchequer Bike Park awaits eager adventurers for another exhilarating season of off-road biking. With trails catering to every skill level, from novice riders to seasoned pros, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this premier biking destination. Feel the rush as you navigate winding paths through lush forests, conquer challenging terrain, and soak in panoramic views of the picturesque surroundings. Whether you’re seeking a heart-pounding adrenaline rush or a leisurely ride immersed in nature’s beauty, Exchequer Bike Park offers an unforgettable experience for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

People looking at sunset over lake

NEW SEASON PASSES AVAILABLE

Unlock endless summer fun and savings with our exclusive season passes for Lake McClure and Lake McSwain! Embrace the sun-drenched days and sparkling waters of these idyllic lakes without breaking the bank. With our annual passes, you’ll enjoy unlimited access to both lakes throughout the season. 

Whether you’re a dedicated angler, avid boater, or simply looking to bask in the beauty of nature, our season passes provide unparalleled convenience and value. Plus, take advantage of special discounts and promotions available only to pass holders, making every visit a rewarding experience. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make the most of your summer – purchase your season pass today and dive into a season of unforgettable memories at Lake McClure and McSwain! 

SPLASH N’ DASH AQUA PARK

Get ready to dive into summer fun as Splash n Dash aqua park prepares to make a splash for the season opening on June 1 at the picturesque Lake McSwain. Nestled amidst the tranquil surroundings of nature, this aquatic paradise promises an exhilarating experience for thrill-seekers of all ages.

From towering water slides to challenging obstacle courses, there’s no shortage of excitement awaiting visitors. Whether you’re looking to conquer the towering slides or simply bask in the sun on the sandy shores, Splash n Dash offers something for everyone. So mark your calendars and gear up for a season of laughter, adventure, and unforgettable memories at Lake McSwain’s premier aqua park. 

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS FOR SUMMER 2024

  • Lights on the Lake Fireworks Event on 6/29/24 – Follow us on social media for updates.
  • McSwain A and B loop Electrical Upgrade to 50amp – Coming this year!
  • New Bagby Dock – Coming this year!