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Caswell Memorial State Park
Ranked #3 of 7 things to do in Ripon
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Reviewed August 14, 2017

Great park all around, but slightly smaller than other state parks. We went in August and our group encountered almost zero mosquitoes. We stayed at the group site which is supposed to hold 50 people, but 30 is more realistic. The river was very accessible and the foliage was thick and beautiful. The park is also close to town. The staff was pleasant. The only downside was the heat/humidity, and the vocal cows early in the morning.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed July 10, 2017

Different parts of the park have different features, so I recommend scoping it out before deciding where to set up. Good fishing, camping, swimming. I've even been there when a couple sets up to loan your kids life jackets!!

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Rebecca W
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Reviewed February 13, 2017

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.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed January 4, 2017

A great State Park that I have gone to for years, good for weekend get aways. has some conveniences but not for large RVs. mostly a tent camping area, great fun though especially for kids, nature hikes and swimming

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed August 25, 2016

Want to go for a trail walk and then jump into a cooling river? If yes, then this is the place for you. For $10 a car we enjoyed the entire day walking the multiple paths in this state park. There are several picnic areas with grills and tables (many of them shaded by trees),as well as multiple bathrooms (which are kept clean). The trails are mostly dirt and grass, but there are well marked.
After our walk, we waded into the crystal clear, gold flecked waters for a refreshing swim. So beautiful and clean! The bottom is pure silt, no rough rocks here, so you can go barefoot safely. Not a single other person did we see the entire time we were at the park, but we went on a Thursday. According to other reviewers the park can get quiet cramped on the weekends.
There is a camping site as well to this park, but we didn't go there and I'm not quiet sure of the cost.

Date of experience: August 2016
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