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Caswell Memorial State Park, Ripon

(3.5/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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
  • 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
  • The water looks really clean and shallow good for kids
  • Great campsites, great facilities, awesome river for tubing, but CRAZY WITH THE MOSQUITOES!
  • A lot of people go there, so be prepared to go on a walk if you're trying to find a secluded part of the already very small park.