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Caswell Memorial State Park, Ripon

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State Park
Caswell Memorial State Park is a state park of California, USA, preserving a riparian forest along the Stanislaus River. It is located in southern San Joaquin County southwest of the town of Ripon. Riparian Oak Woodland, located in this park, is threatened and the park is trying to protect it. It once flourished through California's Central Valley. Caswell is also the home to several endangered species. The 258acre park was established in 1952.The average temperature is 45- in the winter and 85- in the summer. It is common to exceed 100°F for several consecutive days in the summer. Caswell is home to lots of mosquitoes.This park has been named after the landowner, Thomas Caswell. He enjoyed this beautiful forest and wanted to preserve it. In the 1950s, 134acre of this forest were donated by his children and grandchildren to California before it was opened to the public as a state park in 1958.The jungle scenes in Disney's 1973 film The World's Greatest Athlete were shot here.
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  • We stopped overnight here after visiting the wineries in Lodi CA. It is considered a very pleasant place to visit in the Summer-one of the only riparian areas remaining in the Central Valley- with riv...  more »
  • A great State Park that I have gone to for years, good for weekend get aways. has some conveniences but not for large RVs. mostly a tent camping area, great fun though especially for kids, nature hike...  more »
  • Want to go for a trail walk and then jump into a cooling river? If yes, then this is the place for you. For $10 a car we enjoyed the entire day walking the multiple paths in this state park. There are...  more »
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  • The Good: - Very quiet (at least in winter). - Hiking trails were well maintained, shady, and easy to follow for the kids. - Scenery has a beautifully eerie quality to it in winter with all of the leafless vines. The Not So Good: - Trail map box at the entry station empty. - Lots of dog scat on the trails (especially considering dogs are not supposed to be on them). - Camping areas looked in need of some more maintenance. All in all, it is a good place for a short hike with the kids.
  • Great place to take the family for camping or for the day. Prices are ok they have warm showers.
  • I have to say it was beautiful, green, the trails are nice, and it's close. We were excited to find this area and was seriously planning on going there often, admnd camping. Well, that didn't last long. There are TONS of mosquitos swarming. You will get bit a lot. Much of the water there was stagnent, there were a few people leaving with welts. A man walked in with his two little girls and left in less than three minutes. We as well had to leave. Sad. Thankfully, I don't have reactions to mosquito bites, however, I'm concerned about being bit. Huge disappointment, especially after paying a fee to get in and only staying 20 minutes.
  • Beautiful park, Stanislaus River runs through! Lots of trees, shady campgrounds.
  • It's a nice hike and close to home for being in the Central Valley, however there is tons of standing water from the rains we've had recently and the mosquitoes are OUT OF CONTROL. We came out with tons of bites.