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
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.
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.
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.
Great park to do a long walk. The complete loop is almost 4 miles and takes 1.5 hour. Trails can be a bit confusing but you'll be fine.
Took an enjoyable stroll through the park, there is a bit of storm fall but that is to be expected. Can't wait to go back in the spring. Note there is a lot of poison oak so be careful
Lovely place for a picnic or little hike along the stanislaus River! A few trees down from a recent storm but not a problem.
We went on the trail which was kinda spooky cause we were the only ones there. But it was fun!!
Fun trail to walk and hear the little wildlife living in the trees. And at the end of the trail is a farm next to the river and cows & calves roam. Beautiful sight to see.
A nice quiet place to relax during the week. Definitely a great place to pick Nick, and hang out. They also have nice camping spots for those who need to get away without going too far from home.
A lovely afternoon here at the California State park along the Stanislas River in Ripon, CA. USA. Serene and tranquil and just lovely is our visit here for the first time. Just 20 miles out of Stockton California we headed south to Rippon California to this lovely park where we enjoyed the surroundings the serenity and the moos of the nearby cows grazing. I bought large live red worms at a beach shop in Stockton anticipating doing some fishing on the river, and after my first cast unfortunately got a snag and lost my tackle the current is Swift this time of the year and we enjoyed a lovely picnic with a bottle of wine along the banks of the river. We intend to visit again hopefully for camping in the summer months, and I will try doing some fishing again. Lots and lots of beautiful hiking here. I recommend visiting if you’re by yourself or with a special someone, or with a group of people. Day use parking was only $10, and $12 on holidays. There are plenty of picnic tables barbecues and restrooms for all to enjoy. Camping requires a separate nominal fee.
It was my first overnight camping trip in a tent and it was a memorable one. Awesome camping place. My kid had a great time here - camp fire in a ring, getting his feet wet in the river, sitting on the trees and getting cozy in a sleeping bag on a very cold night.
One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Very clean pristine and well kept. Although I did not catch a fish, I did have fun trying LOL. I will definitely be visiting this place again this summer.
Clean and well maintained camp ground ! Best camping 🏕 spot for beginners. No raccoons 🦝 that roam around like other campgrounds ⛺️. The river beach is also great to visit and spend some time there. The sheriff was very friendly. We enjoyed our trip and will definitely be here again.
I love going there. My grandchildren love floating down the river. Great weather and a great place to camp and get away from everything. You have to go there.
Great park. Lovely place to bring the family to camp and hang out of the beach at the river. The sites have a lot of variation. Some are very small with barely one tent site. Others are larger with more flat spots. Shade also varies. Sometimes it smells like manure, but I find it endearing to hear and see the cows just across the river. The only other thing I'd note is that the sites have more plastic trash and other debris than any other campground I've visited. I don't think they have the staff to clean the sites thoroughly, but of campers were being responsible this wouldn't be needed.
Lots of parking, shade, areas to hangout. $10 parking fee for the day. Landscape is well kept, some days there can be quite a bit of trash. Lots of bugs!! Lots and lots of bugs. People fish so be careful of any hooks and fishing line around the water. Wouldn't wanna get stable with a hook or your child!
Love this place. Great place to take the dogs on leash for a day walk. Parked in day parking lot and walked the paved trails to campgrounds and back. Explored the picnic grounds. Beautiful and well maintained. Rangers and campground host were all very nice.
We loved this park. Bring something to float down the cool River. Our campsite was under the most amazing old tree, and the park staff friendly and helpful. Bring quarters for a true camping luxury, a hot shower. We are already planning our next stay.
This park has a small beach that fills up fast on holiday weekends. Arrive before 11am to be able to get in. With limited parking it keeps the beach from getting crazy packed, but it still fills up. They have giant shaded picnic areas with BBQs and picnic tables/benches away from the water, and 2 public restrooms. If you want to keep a eye on kids, better post your spot on the edge of the water. People don't care if they set up their easy ups 2 inches in front of you. The best part about the river is that the water is less than 3' deep most of the way across. It's clean, clear, crisply cool, refreshing water. The current is mellow, and my kids love to walk up river and float back down. I put a life vest on any kid 5 years old and younger just to be safe.
Good for a visit. Only costs $12 to get in, they have some BBQs and picnic tables. Easy access to the river to float on. Definitely worth the money to spend a day hanging out and swimming. Plenty of shade, decent parking. Easy access to the river to float down. 100% will go to again
Great hiking trails, camp and picnic grounds. Large towering trees shade many of the paths, making it nice to walk in hot weather. Pretty views of the river. The only drawback was the bugs. Don't forget your bug spray or you will be itching for days. Closed shoes recommended.
Love this place. Great place to take the dogs on leash for a day walk. Parked in day parking lot and walked the paved trails to campgrounds and back. Explored the picnic grounds. Dogs are only allowed on the paved roads and picnic areas. Lots of shade, and plenty to walk. Beautiful and well maintained. Rangers and campground host were all very nice.
Beautiful park, but the dumpsters were piled high. Also, be wary of #50 during the month of July. It is the only site I saw (mine) with a tree of paradise, and its attendant bugs that feed on that specific tree for one month during fruiting/seed dropping. They are harmless but everywhere, and kinda weird as they love traveling in the same direction. Freaky. Staff was nice and sites were big and spaced out.
Great park. We really enjoyed everything and everyone. The camp ground host was polite and cheerful. The state park staff was very helpful and polite.
So peaceful floating down the river. The day use beach is perfect for the little ones to play in -nice and shallow with super soft sand below. Bring a little shovel and a floaty: ) Campsites are awesome too. Just bring a really good mosquito repellent- i have yet to find a good one. I read that pine needles/sap helps but i havent tried it yet. Trees and greenery galore make nice shade all over this park!
Coming to Caswell is always a nice escape from the city. Plenty of picnic and camping areas surrounded by the Stanislaus river. The varying colors of the local foliage are beautiful. Lots of wildlife take advantage of this little oasis.