Modesto Reservoir Regional Park

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Modesto Reservoir Regional Park: Popular with residents of Modesto and Turlock, this park is surprisingly close to Merced and offers a lot of recreational opportunities and facilities.

  • Location:  Reservoir Road (accessed from Highway 132) between Waterford and La Grange.
  • Distance from Merced:  37 miles
  • Distance from Los Banos:  51 miles
  • Operating authority:  Stanislaus County Parks and Recreation
  • Surface area of lake: 2,800 acres

Facilities and activities:

  • Boat ramp, marina
  • Concessions booth
  • Flush restrooms
  • Drinking fountains
  • Campgrounds with BBQ grills/fire rings, RV hookups
  • Picnic areas with tables, shelters, and BBQ grills
  • Group picnic areas and shelters
  • Swimming area
  • Wildlife viewing area
  • Archery range
  • Radio-control airplane flying
  • Dogs allowed?  No
  • Horses allowed?  No
  • Hunting allowed?  Yes
  • Fish species:  Bass, trout
  • Boat rentals:  No
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  • Recreation organizations:  The Mid-Valley Water Ski Club holds events throughout the year for people of all ages and abilities. for more information.
  • The Yahi Bowmen Archery Club operates the reservoir’s archery range.  Guests are welcome and regularly-scheduled activities are offered for people of all ages and abilities. for more information.


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