Merced County Parks & State Recreational areas in Merced County
Merced County offers three large regional county parks
Hagaman and Henderson are both situated on the Merced River. Lake Yosemite wraps around the southern side of a reservoir just outside the City of Merced. Henderson is my personal favorite with the nicest facilities and plenty of shade provided by tall trees.
Swim at your own risk
Although Merced County Parks and Recreation discourages swimming in county parks, swimming is not prohibited here. Warning signs are posted and any swimming you do is at your own risk.” Note: pets are not allowed in Merced County Parks, but are welcome in California State Parks and at reservoirs operated by local irrigation districts and the Army Corps of Engineers.
County Park Resources
County Park Facility Rental Fees: Rental Fees to rent a county facility (click here) Frequently Asked Questions About County Parks: FAQ (click here) County Park Rules: Merced County Rules (click here)
State Recreational areas in Merced County
Merced County boasts state parks and state recreation areas. They provide river access, campgrounds, picnic facilities, swimming, boating, fishing, water recreation, OHV recreation, and trails for hikers, bikers and equestrians.
These parks include
- George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area
- Great Valley Grasslands State Park
- McConnell State Recreation Area
- Pacheco State Park
- San Luis State Recreation Area
- Turlock Lake State Recreation Area