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About Caswell Memorial State Park
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Caswell Memorial State Campground is right alongside the Stanislaus River in a wooded area. Come stay the weekend here and experience one of the...
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We stayed here in October 2015 and really enjoyed the park! It wasn't super crowded, and the sites were mostly spaced out well, but I would advise you looking around to pick a spot if the park ranger will allow it (or ask for recommendations). Site #25 is where we camped, and it had a nice amount of privacy and was set off the road just enough so we didn't feel like we were just camping on the side of the road.
They don't sell firewood at the camp itself, but there are several spots along the road on the way in to the campground that sell wood. The two most convenient ones are about 1/2 mile from the park entrance, and it's just a honor system thing where you put your money in a box and take what you need.
Me and the fam camped here this past weekend and had such a great time! Site #25 has a private walkway & perfect access to the river. This is where we caught 2 small bass fish! They're into lures and hang near the bushes fyi. But don't get too excited, doesn't seem like there's too many big catch here.
Heads up, the depth of the river was sporadic! A lot of the times it would be crazy shallow and other times it'd be deep. Bring floaties for sure!
BUG SPRAY / INCENSE IS A MUST. I was eaten alive even with the 3 diff sprays I used. Flies were everywhere too.
They are also SUPER STRICT about the 2 car limit. Even if you're just loading/unloading. Park overflowing cars at Flying J, a truck stop not too far away. That's what we did.
History of Caswell Memorial State Park
The Native Americans who lived along the Stanislaus River and collected acorns among these ancient groves were Yokuts. In the early 1800s, Spanish explorers traversed this area, and fur trappers found the river bountiful.
Thomas Caswell, landowner, enjoyed this wonderful forest and felt it should be preserved. In 1950 the children and grand children donated 134 acres to the people of California. Additional donations and state purchases brought Caswell to its current size of 258 acres. Caswell Memorial State Park was open to the public in 1958.