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State & Local Parks

Parks in Merced County:

Merced County is home to a large variety of outdoor opportunities.  Including city to county and state parks, Merced residents have access to a diverse range of outdoor activities.  From hiking, biking, ball sports, and picnicking to fishing, boating, camping and bird-watching, there is something for everyone within a short drive or bus-ride. Follow the links below to find opportunities in your area:

City Parks in Merced:

County Parks in Merced:

State Parks in Merced County:

George J. Hatfield (State Recreation Area)

Great Valley Grasslands (State Park)

McConnell (State Recreation Area)

Pacheco (State Park)

San Luis Reservoir (State Recreation Area)


Parks in Fresno County:

Fresno County is home to a great variety of city and county parks. City Parks are located across Fresno and can be searched by activity or location using the link below. Regional recreational facilities include thirteen parks, three fishing access areas and a boat-launching ramp. These areas can be used for a variety of activities, such as picnicking, fishing, hiking, jogging, bird watching, nature study, non-organized sports, barbecues, softball, soccer, overnight camping, and passive recreation.  There is one State Recreation area in Fresno that offers access to swimming, boating, fishing and hiking.

City Parks in Fresno:

County Parks in Fresno:

State Parks in Fresno:

Millerton Lake (State Recreation Area)


Parks in Mariposa County:

The region in and around Mariposa County offer nearly any type of recreation imaginable, for all interests and skill levels. The Merced River originates in Yosemite National Park on the crest of the Sierra Nevada at an elevation of 11,000 feet. The river flows wild and undammed until it reaches Lake McClure, formed by the New Exchequer Dam near Merced Falls. The old Yosemite Valley Railroad right-of way on the north bank of the Merced River provides hikers with a relatively level, though mostly unshaded, river trail from near El Portal to Bagby (28 miles). Because the old railroad bridges have fallen, the swift side streams (particularly on the North Fork of the Merced) may not be crossable during winter. An alternative along the South Fork is the Hite’s Cove Trail, famous for its spring wildflowers and it’s ghost town. The hike is 8.4 miles round trip, but the best wildflowers are in the first two miles. If you go all the way, you can see the remains of the once bustling town of Hite Cove.,

Biking: Paved and unpaved roads offer miles of unspoiled scenery. The old Yosemite Railroad flat runs for miles alongside the Merced river or climb the Burma Grade Trail that links the popular recreation sites along the Merced River near Briceburg with the higher elevations and trails in Stanislaus National Forest.

Parks and playgrounds: The Mariposa County Parks and Recreation hosts the Mariposa County Art Park on Hwy 140 and 4th Street. Swimming, tennis, amphitheatre, playground and picnic grounds at Mariposa County Park at 4998 County Park Rd. Darrah Schoolhouse playground at Darrah and Triangle Road.

Lakes, Rivers and Camping: Brown and rainbow trout and small-mouth bass are the game fish found in the Merced River. Squawfish, hardhead, western sucker and sculpin are common. The California Department of Fish and Game stocks catchable size rainbow trout in the river from the South Fork upstream to the Foresta Bridge. With a fishing license, Bass fishing is open all year with a limit of five fish. All bass less than 12 inches must be released. Yosemite National Park Boundary to the Foresta Bridge: This is a special fishing area that is open all year with a two trout limit. No fish less than 12 inches may be possessed. For all species, only artificial lures with single barbless hooks may be used. Foresta Bridge to Bagby: The trout limit is 5 fish. This area is open from the last Saturday in April through November 15.

• Lake Don Pedro, offering 160 miles of shoreline and 13,000 surface acres of water, Don Pedro offers something for every water enthusiast.

• Bass Lake – (Madera County) located southeast of Oakhurst. – 559-642-3200, 800-585-9283

• Lake McClure – located west of Coulterville. Water-skiing, jet skiing, sailing and houseboats. – 800-468-8889

• Lake McSwain – located west of Coulterville. Water-skiing, jet skiing, sailing and houseboats. – 800-468-8889

• Three BLM campgrounds exist below Briceburg with both tent and RV campsites. All campsites are on a first come – first serve basis.

All BLM campgrounds provide pit or composting toilets, fire pits, grills and garbage collection. – Lake Isabella campsites.