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.
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
The Mid-Valley Water Ski Club holds events throughout the year for people of all ages and abilities. http://www.midvalleywaterskiclub.com/ 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. https://www.facebook.com/YahiBowmenModesto for more information.