Caswell Memorial State Park

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About Caswell Memorial State Park

You may not have heard of Caswell Memorial State Park, but now that you have, you should feel obligated to check it out. Really, it’s worth it. Caswell is a rare riparian oak forest densely packed with outdoor activities and boatloads of wildlife, some of which is endangered. Head out here to hang near the Stanislaus River with some squirrels, foxes, red-tailed hawks, and rabbits. Take a break from hiking on trail to sit beneath the inward-leaning oak trees on an inviting wooden bench. Go fishin’ in the StanRiv (but maybe don’t call it that, we’re not sure how widely accepted it is as a nickname yet..) and hang with a whole gaggle of fish, from the cat variety to cappies. Lean back, relax, and float down the river in your tube. And all the while know that you’re hanging out with your buddies in one of the only remaining mature oak forests that used to dominate this region. Pretty cool, huh?

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Caswell Memorial Campground

1. Caswell Memorial Campground

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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Jennifer: We stayed here in October 2015 and really enjoyed the park! It wasn't super crowded, and the sites were mostly spaced out well,...
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Hipcamper Jennifer

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.

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Mosquitoes tend to come out and show their pesky little bodies, along with other small bugs, especially in the spring and summer. So come armed with bug spray if you aren’t tryna make any six-legged friends.

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A lot of people come out to cool off in the river during the hot season, so if you’re coming during the summer, definitely make reservations.

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Check for ticks. You’ll be in the woods, after all.

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If you’re looking to throw a big party in the woods, Caswell has a group campsite for up to 50 people!

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Raccoons have been known to be pretty persistent in Caswell, so hide your food before you crash for the night.

Hipcamper Jessie

Went here in March 2014, an oasis in the Central Valley. Surprisingly the river was gushing with water, pretty rare these days. Water was a tad cold but not too bad and there was a nice, if small, beach to chill on.

Hipcamper Jessie

Went here in March 2014, an oasis in the Central Valley. Surprisingly the river was gushing with water, pretty rare these days. Water was a tad cold but not too bad and there was a nice, if small, beach to chill on.

Hipcamper Jessie

Went here in March 2014, an oasis in the Central Valley. Surprisingly the river was gushing with water, pretty rare these days. Water was a tad cold but not too bad and there was a nice, if small, beach to chill on.

Hipcamper Ross

Just returned from Caswell, bring your beach umbrella and a fishing pole. Showers take quarters. most sites have good shade, we chose site 22 , which is adjacent to the short trail to the sandy beach area.

Hipcamper Michelle

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.

Hipcamper Justyn

Trees are weak and tend to fall as well as drop large branches. Rangers are rude and invasive.

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.