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Season for Peak Fees: 05/15 to 09/15

Nestled in the rolling foothills of eastern Stanislaus County, Turlock Lake State Recreation Area is an ideal place for day- or week-long outings. Open all year and featuring camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing, and clean country air, the area offers visitors an opportunity to see the wonderful variety of native plant life that once flourished alongside the rivers of the San Joaquin Valley. The mark of man can be seen by the dredger tailings and agricultural developments that date from the turn of the century.

Bounded on the north by the Tuolumne River and on the south by Turlock Lake, the recreation area provides an ideal setting for water-oriented outdoor activities. The recreation area features the 3500-surface-acre lake with it's 26 miles of shoreline and some 228 acres of foothill country leased from the Turlock Irrigation District in 1950. Picnicking, day-use, and boat ramps are offered at the lake. Overnight visitors are welcome at 66 acre campground located on the shady south bank of the Tuolumne River about a mile from the lake.

At elevation 250 feet, the recreation area boasts typical San Joaquin Valley weather, with warm summers and mild winters. During the summer months night-time temperatures usually drop to the high sixties and are comfortable for sleeping. Quick relief from even the hottest summer day is available in the cool waters of Turlock Lake.

From several lookout points, visitors can view the surrounding savannas and some of the cattle ranches and orchards nearby. And from Lake Road which separates the campground from the day use area, an excellent perspective is shown of the campground, the river and sloughs, and miles of dredger tailing piles - the by product of a half century of gold mining.

Check the State Parks website for additional information on the weather, suggested day hikes, or to see the park brochure, campground map, park photos, video, and more. Information available will vary from park to park.Click here

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Boating
  • Comfort Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Hiking Trails
  • Iron Ranger
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Alerts and Important Information
Discount Pass must be presented at the time of check in.

Your DMV Disabled Placard/License Plate does not automatically give you a discount on your campsite. You will need to obtain a CA State park-issued Disabled Discount Pass (DDP) or Distinguished Veterans Pass (DVP).

Kiosk in the campground is closed; please check with the Camp Host or use the Iron Ranger.

Fees include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer, additional vehicles will be charged per night at the park.

Reservation Period:
  • Reservations available All Year
  • Getting There:

    Park is located about 25 miles east of Modesto on the south side of the Tuolumne River.
    From Modesto take Hwy 132 EAST 14 miles to Waterford; in Waterford turn righ on Hickman Road (county road J-9) and drive 1 mile to Lake Road. Turn left on Lake Road and drive 10 miles to Turlock Lake SRA.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    22600 LAKE ROAD
    LA GRANGE CA 95329

    Phone Number:

    Project Office:(209)874-2056