Caswell Memorial RV & Campground Guide
The Stanislaus River flows quietly through a grand oak forest in Caswell Memorial State Park. Life moves slowly here, making it an ideal spot to get away from it all — spending an afternoon swimming in the river or strolling through the riparian ecosystem on the park’s well-maintained trail network. With its gentle landscape and full schedule of nature walks and ranger programs, it’s easy to see why Caswell is a popular spot with Bay Area families. San Francisco lies just 83 miles west, and Modesto is 16 miles to the southeast. Come in the winter to explore the forests and enjoy the cool weather, or bring the kids for a fun camping trip from spring through fall. Pack plenty of sunscreen and cool clothing because temperatures regularly rise above 100 degrees in the summer and early fall.
Spring 50-70 F
Summer 80-100 F
Fall 60-80 F
Winter 40-50 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Caswell Memorial
With its dramatic shift between cool winters and sweltering summers, Caswell Memorial State Park is well-suited for RV camping. Your RV is more than a place to rest your head; it’s also a great spot to get out of the sun or warm up when it’s chilly. Don’t have an RV? We have you covered — a rental from RVshare gives you all the perks without the long-term investment. Plus, it’s a fun way to upgrade your outdoor vacation.
Caswell Memorial State Park Campground
If you’re bringing a smaller RV, the best campsites for exploring Caswell Memorial State Park are located inside the park boundaries. Each of the 64 sites is equipped with a picnic table, a locker for food, and a camp stove, so you can enjoy meals al fresco. Enjoy the shade in the wooded spots, and fall asleep feeling relaxed thanks to the sounds of the nearby river. The sites are small, so this campground allows motorhomes up to 24 feet long. Keep in mind that you’ll need to pay extra fees if you’re bringing a passenger vehicle. Sites start at $30 per night.
Two Rivers RV Park
Located just 15 minutes from Caswell Memorial State Park, Two Rivers RV Park is a great option if you’re bringing a boat. Campsites are located close to the park’s boat launch, so you can leave your site in the morning and be on the water in minutes for the best fishing. If you’d like, it’s even possible to fish right from the shore. Sites here are primitive but large enough for bigger RVs. Every spot is close to the river, and you'll also get access to campfire facilities for the full camping experience. Rates vary, so call the park for details.
French Camp RV Park
If you’re looking for luxurious camping during your trip to Caswell Memorial State Park, head straight for French Camp RV Park. Here, you’ll find all of the amenities for a comfortable stay, including full hookups, daily trash pickup, and free Wi-Fi at the clubhouse. The park’s swimming pool and hot tub make great places to relax, and the playground keeps little ones entertained. There’s even a fitness center for active travelers. Other handy facilities include the general store, laundry room, and restroom building with hot showers. Pets are welcome, and you'll find a dog park for fun evening walks. Choose back-in sites for $49.50 per night or pull-through sites for $54.50 per night. If you’re staying for one or two weeks, you’ll get a great discount.
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Inside Caswell Memorial
One of the highlights of Caswell Memorial State Park is the trail network — with short and long routes, it’s easy to find a hike for families or experienced trekkers. Wander next to the river to enjoy the cool breezes, or head into the oak forest for a calm, shaded walk. If you’re visiting in the warmer months, cool off with a dip in the Stanislaus River. Fish for bass and catfish during the day, and check the park schedule to learn about the ranger-led nature walks and campfire programs. Be sure to bring your binoculars as the bird-watching opportunities in the park are exceptional.
Outside Caswell Memorial
Caswell Memorial State Park sits within 20 minutes of several towns as well as some of California’s most underrated wilderness areas. Whether you’re looking for a romantic restaurant or a challenging day hike, you’ll find plenty of options nearby. Ripon is home to several diners and shopping spots.
Rosalba's Mexican Restaurant
Come hungry to Rosalba’s, a friendly spot that serves generous portions of hearty Mexican dishes.
Location: 1402 W. Colony Rd., Ripon, CA 95366
Elegant but not pretentious, Canal Street Grille is a lovely spot for an evening meal. Grab a seat on the patio, and be sure to check out the exceptional wine list.
Location: 1225 Canal Blvd., Ripon, CA 95366
Known for its creative sushi, Masumi is a local favorite in Ripon. Grab your rolls to go, or bring the whole family to try out one or two of the restaurant’s legendary sushi or sashimi dinners.
Location: 1140 W. Colony Rd. #110, Ripon, CA 95366
Try a variety of Caribbean-inspired dishes at this fun spot, which specializes in tapas. Be sure to check out the empanadas and the tostones.
Type: Caribbean fusion
Location: 1317 Historical Plaza Way, Manteca, CA 95336
After a hot summer day at Caswell Memorial State Park, BJ’s is the perfect place to hang out with a cold beer. The atmosphere is relaxed and family-friendly, and the classic pub food menu includes pizzas, pasta, and more.
Location: 3401 Dale Rd. Suite 483, Modesto, CA 95356
Tank House Gift Shoppe
Filled with a dizzying array of gifts, decorations, and handicrafts, Tank House is a fascinating spot for browsing.
Location: 132 S. Acacia Ave., Ripon, CA 95366
If you’re looking to escape the heat, head to this large shopping mall for clothing, sporting goods, electronics, and more.
Location: 3401 Dale Rd. Suite 483, Modesto, CA 95356
This charming independent bookstore is a great place to pick up a book to enjoy by the river at your campsite.
Location: 51 W. 10th St., Tracy, CA 95376
Spot the local wildlife in their natural habitat at this lovely refuge that's popular with birdwatchers and photographers. The Pelican Nature Trail and the Beckwith wildlife viewing area are two fantastic spots.
Army Corps Park Ripon River Crossing
Known for its picturesque bridge and flat trails, this park is a fun spot for an evening walk or bike ride.
Raft the Tuolumne River
Join a rafting tour with one of the outfitters near Modesto, and enjoy a wild thrill ride on the Tuolumne River’s rapids.
If you’re bringing little ones, you'll have an afternoon of family fun at this entertainment complex in Modesto. Try mini-golf, bumper boats, and go-karts. If the weather takes a turn, head indoors to enjoy the arcade games, bowling, laser tag, and more.
Location: Modesto, CA
Step back in time at this spectacular Modesto museum, which is set in a historic mansion. Be sure to check the schedule and arrive in time for a tour of the house; it’s furnished and decorated just as it was 100 years ago, offering a rare glimpse at high-end living during the time.
Location: Modesto, CA
How to Get to
If you’re coming from the north, take Highway 99 and turn south on Austin Road. Keep going until you reach Caswell Memorial State Park. You can also access Austin Road with a slightly more circuitous route coming from Highway 132 in the south or Interstate 5 from the west.
Entering Caswell Memorial
Caswell Memorial State Park is open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to sunset.
Per vehicleq : $8
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