Caswell Memorial State Park, Ripon
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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.Make Caswell Memorial State Park a centerpiece of your Ripon vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Ripon vacation builder.
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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... read more »
I have visited this park a few times with the most recent last month when we camped with our trailer there for a few days. From what we were told by the park ranger, it can be somewhat difficult to ge... read more »
The Central Valley can be blistering hot in summer, but this past week, right before the Labor Day weekend, this park was quite comfortable. Eight of us went to Caswell from the East Bay to look for b... read more »
Too many people set up there stuff rite next to the river like its the thing to do , u cant even swim in the river comfortably because u have a 100 thousand people on the beach just starring at you.. its like your at the swap meat lol... like ayy compadre your hoggin up the whole beach go find a table in the park and set up your camp thats why theres tables here
Great place to camp.. Good area, just know you will have to pay for another car to get in even tho it says 2 cars on the website other than that I give it a 5
Beautiful clear water, gold flakes in the sand. Always packed with families hanging out. There would be no need for anything less than five stars if the area was a little less trashed, which is only the fault of people flinging their garbage or not cleaning up after themselves/their pets.
I like to use the space for photoshoots. However the place is overwhelming with mosquitoes. With west Nile being a problem, I'd suggest lots of repellent. I think the parking fee is a little expensive for daily parking.
The water looks really clean and shallow good for kids
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