28000 South Austin Road
Ripon, California 95366
Phone: (209) 599-3810
I enjoy hiking the trails in this park in the winter, when many of the leaves on the trees have fallen, and the the shapes of the branches can be seen against the sky and the individuality of each tree is revealed, and especially at dusk, when an ancient mystical feeling decends upon all natural areas. I enjoy the odors of the decaying leaves while exploring the trails, and the cold breezes blowing over the river, and bumping into the occasional streams caused by the river overflow. This park can be like a cathedral when you need time to yourself or to just enjoy nature at it's simple best.
Always a great trail walk, just avoid poison oak. Was disappointed this time to see the "no fishing until further notice" sign at entry. Kids had been looking forward to throwing out a line, and there was no notice on the website, FB, or anywhere else I could see. There are always homeless campers in the campground, but they're usually respectful and clean up after themselves.
This is my favorite place for camping. It's super conveniently located just an hour drive away. The camp sites are big, clean, and surrounded with trees or grass. Each site is unique from the next, which makes it feel special. There is a beautiful little river that is just magical to float down on a nice hot summer day. The bathrooms are relatively clean for a camp ground. I love this place. It's really perfect for the whole family.
When camping it is very important to check in with the camp host or kiosk staff even if you have a reservation. People sometimes occupy sites already reserved and then have to move. No one knew who the camper was that occupied his site without checking in and then left it unattended to visit family. The park is required to keep a log of each campsite: occupant name, all vehicle license plate numbers, and in and out dates. Each vehicle is required to display a yellow camping tag issued by the staff. All this is to help keep the campers safe and happy during their stay and to help the staff manage the campground that often has hundreds of campers each weekend during the summer.
Definitely a place to camp. Bring bug spray as you will need it for a few spots hiking. Other then that we will be coming back
A great place to visit! For walk , picnic parties, swimming, camping and other things.
So peaceful during the week. Bring bug spray if walking on Trails and umbrella if sitting by water. Perfect place for the family
What I consider my backyard, this state park is intimate with plenty of river beaches trails and camping sites. The camp host will help you if people are loud late at night and its fun to bring rafts from salmon bend beach to willow beach. Careful not to use pool floaties, get the river rafts as there's plenty of sticks and trees in the water. Dog friendly park but many no dog signs. The hidden beach was dog friendly except for the resident ducks. They were mean kind of. I caught a fish but it was small. The water is swift but shallow so not many deep holes but they responded well to nightcrawlers.
Beautiful place to visit. However I’m giving it 3 stars because of the red ants and mosquitoes. My family got eaten alive and we had mosquito repellent. There were soo many red ants that if you stood still you’d have them running all over your feet.
It was nice and some shady areas. But too shallow can't really swim.but water was clear and cool
Beautiful park, old battle site between Estanislao/ Native Americans against U.S. Army. Park is filled with Oak trees, seems like there are also invasive plants that completely cover trees. Park needs some much needed maintenance. I walked through every trail, there was branches that fell on sitting benches. All the signs along the trail have been vandalized. Some info glass signs are filthy and hard to see through.
Crazy amount of mosquitoes and bugs but nice river access. Lots of day use because temperatures reach over 100 so it gets pretty packed. The camp sites vary but most are nice and spread apart from one another. Smack dab in the middle of nowhere in farmland. It offers nice walking paths but nothing to extensive.
This was a very nice place to cool off for everyone. I would highly recommend this place to any family
had an enjoyable time when i camped at caswell memorial state park. though it was hot, my campground (#35) had plenty of trees which provided shade throughout the campground. for the adventurous types campground #35 also provides direct access to the river, though getting there is steeper than the normal access point to the river. the river itself is awesome! the water is really clean, flows at a nice slow pace which makes it ideal for tubing, and just the right temperature. would recommend bringing water shoes. would definitely camp here again
This location was hot during the day but the river was cool. The campsites are fairly private due to the tree coverage and our sites had full shade. Not firewood sold on site but there is a place about a half mile out that sold bundles.
This park has some really aggressive mosquitoes that leave super-itchy bites. They need to find a way to eliminate them or reduce their numbers. I went out around noon and got completely bit up. I would recommended wearing long sleeves. Other than that, I think it’s a nice park.
Wonderful place. Camp hostess was super nice. Only negative aspect is that the bathroom lights were not on during the night making it a bit creepy to go. I spoke with a maintenance person this morning and he said half of the time the lights don't work. The entire building inside and out was dark. Will be going back soon. Hope the lights are on next time.
Awesome place to go and hike. Trails are confusing you can get lost easily. The river view looks nice.
Went and drove our sons remote control car , lots of parking and benches spaced out . Beautiful water view with 3 benches by it . A big climbable tree . Bathrooms are open and looked pretty clean . Great place to spend time w nature
Great spot with lots of shade and access to the Stanislaus River. Camp hostess 'Eve" was very helpful and had thoughtful, informative check-in area set-up.
Here you can step back in time and enjoy the valley as it used to be, huge oaks, wildlife, the river... very relaxing and fun.
The wife and I had a heck of a walk here this morning. So beautiful and peaceful. K owing that the parking lot i literally RIGHT next to the trails gave us a sense of security and the presence of the rangers is a comfort for sure. A great place for a walk with the fam. Just be careful for the tree limbs and mosquitoes when the weather gets warmer.