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Number of Sites: 66 Campsites
Reservation Status: Accepted Campground reservations can be made online or by calling (800) 444-7275.


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A lone tree in Turlock Lake SRA
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A lone tree in Turlock Lake SRA
Description - Nestled in the rolling foothills of eastern Stanislaus County, Turlock Lake State Recreation Area is an ideal place for day- or week-long outings.

Attractions - Nestled in the rolling foothills of eastern Stanislaus County, Turlock Lake State Recreation Area is an ideal place for day- or week-long outings. Open all year and featuring camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing, and clean country air, the area offers visitors an opportunity to see the wonderful variety of native plant life that once flourished alongside the rivers of the San Joaquin Valley. The mark of man can be seen in dredger tailings and agricultural developments that date from the turn of century. Bounded on the north by the Tuolumne River and on the south by Turlock Lake, the recreation area provides an ideal setting for water-oriented outdoor activities. The recreation area features the 3500-surface-acre lake with its 26 miles of shoreline and some 228 acres of foothill country leased from the Turlock Irrigation District in 1950. Picnicking, day-use, and boat launch ramps are offered at the lake. Overnight visitors are welcome at the 66 site campground located on the shady south bank of the Tuolumne River about 1 mile from the lake. At elevation 250 feet, the recreation area boasts typical San Joaquin Valley weather, with warm summers and mild winters. During the summer months nighttime temperatures usually drop to the high sixties and are comfortable for sleeping. Quick relief from even the hottest summer day is available in the cool waters of Turlock Lake. From several lookout point, visitors can view the surrounding savannas and some of the cattle ranches and orchards nearby. And from Lake Road which separates the campground from the day use area, an excellent perspective is shown of the campground, the river and sloughs, and miles of dredger tailing piles-the by product of a half century of gold mining.

Recreation - Open all year and featuring camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing, and clean country air, the area offers visitors an opportunity to see the wonderful variety of native plant life that once flourished alongside the rivers of the San Joaquin Valley. Bounded on the north by the Tuolumne River and on the south by Turlock Lake, the recreation area provides an ideal setting for water-oriented outdoor activities. Overnight visitors are welcome at the 66 site campground located on the shady south bank of the Tuolumne River about 1 mile from the lake.

Climate - A generally warm, dry climate prevails in the Central Valley, it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. In the Central Valley precipitation falls mainly from October through April. Winter temperatures well below freezing producing frost, however, snow is very rare. Summer temperatures above 100 degrees are part of the normal pattern.

Location - This park is about 25 miles east of Modesto on the south side of the Tuolumne River. From Modesto take Hwy. 132 East 14 miles to Waterford; in Waterford turn right on Hickman Road (county road J-9) and drive 1 mile to Lake Road. Turn left on Lake Road and drive 10 miles to Turlock Lake SRA.


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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Toughest part was sharing the sandy area with strangers. The water was not very clear, but fish were abundant. It was hard to find a place to rent a boat. Friendly to people of all ages. Bring bee/ wasp trappers.

Filed By: Dallas Cole (Atwater, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I come here quite often. Quiet, restrooms and showers clean. People and staff friendly. Sometimes the bees get to swarming, especially close to the river, but not a constant thing. Very nice p

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I took 3 children and my dog to Turlock SRA for a one night campout in August 2001. It was delightful, one of the nicest campgrounds I have been to in a long time. We got a site right on the river which was clean and not too fast or deep for them to play in. Tons of birds and wildlife: coyotes howled at night, owls, woodpeckers, bullfrogs and their tadpoles, rabbits, magpies, squirrels, egrets, etc. Easy to get to, close to town, quiet. I would definately go back again.


Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping 66 campsites available.
Yes


More Information

Contact Information:
Four Rivers North Sector Headquarters, 22600 Lake Road , La Grange, CA, 95329, Phone: 209-874-2056, Fax: 209-874-2611

Additional Information:
California Lakes and Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs described here range from huge reservoirs to small mountain lakes. The lakes are often part of large recreation areas, National Forests or State Parks.
Central Valley State Parks and Recreation Areas - The Central Valley Region, located in the middle of California, stretches from south of Bakersfield, north to almost Chico. It features rivers, lakes and reservoirs for water recreation and camping opportunities, as well as historic sites and the Tule Elk State Reserve.

Links:
California State Parks - Official agency website.
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com

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