George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area
Slow down next to the river. This shaded park opened to the public in the 1950s, offering family-friendly recreation opportunities in the heart of the Central Valley.
This restful, shady area alongside the meandering Merced River is popular with anglers. You'll find an abundance of rainbow trout, catfish, bass, and perch, depending on the time of year. Scenic picnic spots are available under the towering cottonwoods and sycamores. Families enjoy overnight camping, exploring the natural habitat along the river, and wildlife watching. The calm, cool waters winding through the park provides relief from the valley's summer heat, as well as a spot for floating, canoeing, and kayaking.
Rules & Regulation
We are working to improve accessibility throughout our parks but we regret that there are currently no accessible activities at this park. This may be an undeveloped park, or there may be terrain, historic or resource protection issues or other limiting factors. However, there may be some generally accessible features, such as parking areas, restrooms, and routes of travel, that meet current accessibility standards. Call the park or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Only allowed in campground. Dogs must be on a maximum 6-foot leash at ALL times and physically under your control.
Visit www.parks.ca.gov/Dogs for additional information. Please be aware of all regulations before bringing your fur friend to State Parks.