We stopped overnight here after visiting the wineries in Lodi CA. It is considered a very pleasant place to visit in the Summer-one of the only riparian areas remaining in the Central Valley- with river fishing and swimming and many reputedly beautiful trails (no hookups for RVs). However, our experience was less than wonderful. The campground looked as though it had been flooded, but probably was just neglected after heavy rains and wind-debris everywhere. The paved roads and campsites were clear only because someone had driven through them previously. There was no trash (in fact the dumpsters were basically empty), but a lot of tree branches and wet leaf debris everywhere. We were hoping to take a shower, but after 6 minutes for $2 the water was still ICE COLD! We saw one official truck pass through the campground during our stay-there were only 2 other campsites occupied. Our review of the Park in preparation for the trip indicated that it was very popular both in the Summer and as an important part of the Pacific Flyway-we did see a number of birders using the day use area and heard wild turkeys, hawks, woodpeckers (and cattle). Don't expect much in the way of comforts during the winter months. There are many large Oak trees and dense undergrowth (I walked some of the closed sections of the campground and we drove through the day use area), so it's probably a wonderful retreat along the Stanislaus River during the hot Summer in the Central Valley. Probably need reservations then.
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