McConnell 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, shaded 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 provide relief from the valley's summer heat, as well as a spot for floating, canoeing, and kayaking.
Camping: Three sites, #5,6 and 21, are designated as accessible. All sites have a firm surface but wet weather may affect usability of lawn tent spaces. Unisex toilet rooms are generally accessible. Showers are usable. The campfire center has been redesigned and now includes an accessible path of travel and some spaces for wheelchair users.Group campsite ‘B’ provides accessible tables and cooking facilities that are on a firm grass surface whose usability is best in dry weather. Electricity, lights and water are also provided at this group site.
Picnic Area: An accessible picnic site, including table, post-mounted grill and trash disposal, is located on a spacious concrete pad near a spreading oak tree immediately adjacent to the shore of the Merced River. An accessible portable is available nearby and an accessible permanent restroom is planned. Parking includes two spaces designated accessible, and paths of travel to site and restroom are paved and accessible. The route to the restroom will require passing behind other vehicles in the small parking lot.
Beach/Shore Access: See picnic site along shore described above. A beach wheelchair is available. Call the park for more information.
Dogs allowed only in campground and must be on a leash at all times.