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Overview of Caswell Memorial State Park

Caswell Memorial State Park is located along the Stanislaus River near the town of Ripon, California. The park is named after Thomas Caswell, who appreciated the beauty of the area and sought to preserve it. It is a haven for nature lovers, offering a glimpse into the ecosystems that once dominated California's Central Valley. The park protects a fine example of the endangered riparian oak woodland, which is home to many birds, animals, and plants.

Camping Information

Reservations and Availability:

  • Reservations for camping at Caswell Memorial State Park are recommended, especially during peak season. They can be made up to six months in advance through the California State Parks reservation system.
  • There are a limited number of campsites available, so it is best to book early.

Camping Facilities:

  • The park offers family campsites with amenities including picnic tables and campfire rings.
  • Restrooms and showers are available for campers.
  • Some sites offer RV access, although it's important to check the size limitations when making a reservation as there may not be hookups for large vehicles.

Camping Fees:

  • Fees for camping vary based on the type of site and the time of year. It is advisable to check the most current rates on the California State Parks reservation website or contact the park directly.

Activities and Recreation:

  • The park offers opportunities for fishing in the Stanislaus River, but anglers must have a valid California fishing license.
  • There are several trails for hiking and nature walks where visitors can observe the local flora and fauna.
  • Wildlife viewing is a popular activity, with the chance to see species adapted to the riparian woodland, such as beavers, foxes, and various migratory birds.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Campers must adhere to all park rules including fire safety regulations, especially during periods of high fire danger.
  • Dogs are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and are not permitted on trails.
  • The park has quiet hours typically from 10 PM to 6 AM.

Accessibility:

  • Some campsites and restrooms are designed to be accessible to visitors with disabilities. Availability should be confirmed during the reservation process.

Contact Information and Address:

  • For current conditions, specific rules, and reservation inquiries, it is best to contact the park directly:
    • Caswell Memorial State Park
    • 28000 South Austin Rd.
    • Ripon, CA 95366
    • Phone: (209) 599-3810

Environment Preservation Efforts:

  • As it preserves a rare ecosystem, visitors are encouraged to practice "Leave No Trace" principles to minimize their impact on the natural habitat.
  • The park staff may also offer educational programs about conservation and the importance of protecting the remaining riparian woodlands.

Emergency Preparedness:

  • Cell phone reception may be limited, so plan accordingly.
  • Always inform someone outside of your trip about your camping plans and expected return time.

It is essential to check for any additional or updated information before visiting, as park conditions, fees, and regulations can change.

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