McConnell State Recreation Area RV & Campground Guide


Located on the Merced River banks, the McConnell State Recreation Area is a perfect place to relax in California's San Joaquin Valley. It's especially popular among anglers who like catching perch, black bass, and catfish. If you want to stay on solid ground, McConnell State Recreation Area offers plenty of places for camping and picnicking. You'll find this recreation spot roughly halfway between Merced and Turlock and about 2 miles from Livingston. 

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Spring 47-75 F
Summer 64-92 F
Fall 51-80 F
Winter 41-62 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in McConnell State Recreation Area

McConnell State Recreation Area is the perfect place to reconnect with nature. With an RV, you can spend your vacation at this quiet location with a comfortable place to relax and sleep. 

An RV rental from RVshare will allow you to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of a typical vacation. You can simply park your rig and get some spectacular views that you won't see from a hotel room. At RVshare, you'll find a wide selection of vehicles to rent for your next trip. All rentals are covered with RVshare's 24/7 roadside assistance and nationwide insurance. 

McConnell State Recreation Campground

This pet-friendly campground offers 21 primitive sites for tents and RVs. If you do plan to camp here, know that there are no hookups available. However, the spectacular views and weather make this a great location for your next trip. There are plenty of places to enjoy water sports like rafting, canoeing, swimming, and fishing. The price to stay the night is $30 per day.

• Water hookup: No

• Electrical hookup: No

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Drinking water, dump station, food lockers, modern restrooms

Merced River RV Resort

If you are looking for another great spot near Livingston, consider reserving a site at Merced River RV Resort. This spot is located just off Highway 99, and it is conveniently near Yosemite National Park. Each site offers 50-amp power with water and sewer hookups. With this location, you'll have more of a resort experience than a standard campground. Merced River RV Resort features a convenience store, 24-hour security patrol, and pet-friendly accommodations. 

• Water hookup: Yes

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Barbecue facilities, group meeting rooms, monthly discounts

Castle Air Museum and RV Park

When you visit the Castle Air Museum, you can grab a spot to park your rig for the night. Behind the museum, there are six full hookup spaces. These spots include water, electricity, and sewer hookups. With each site, you'll also get a free pass to the museum. Furthermore, there are 12 dry camp spaces with one dump access pass per day. This park is a bit rustic, but they do offer Wi-Fi access with pet-friendly accommodations. The fee to park here for the day is $40 with full access and $30 for dry camping sites. 

• Water hookup: Yes

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Cellphone reception

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What to Do at
McConnell State Recreation Area

Inside McConnell State Recreation Area

While water sports are popular activities at this location, there are plenty of places to bike, hike, or set out to explore. The riverside picnic areas are ideal for relaxing and keeping an eye out for wildlife, including cottontail rabbits, opossums, weasels, and raccoons. Bird-watchers can also spot yellow-billed magpies, valley quails, spot robins, and several species of hawks. Families will also appreciate that there's an on-site children's playground to let the little ones burn off some extra energy. 

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How to Get to
McConnell State Recreation Area

McConnell State Recreation Area is easy to reach off Highway 99, which runs through Fresno up to Sacramento. Whether you're heading north or south on 99, you can get to the park from the South Avenue exit. Once there, you need to go east to Pepper Street and turn right. You will want to continue south to 2nd Avenue and proceed to McConnell Road. The park entrance will be directly in front of you. 

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Entering McConnell State Recreation Area

The park is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset, but you will need a park pass for your visit. If you plan to spend the night, there is a fee to use the campground. 

McConnell State Recreation Area Per vehicle : $0.0

McConnell State Recreation Area is a good place to sharpen up your fishing skills. You can also take a dip in the cool waters or hit the trails for a little exploration. With an RV rental from RVshare, you can have a relaxing vacation without any of the hassles. All you need to do is find your perfect spot and spend the day enjoying the wonders of the California landscape. When you're on the road, you can share your stories with RVshare on social media. You can also send some of your pictures to [email protected]. Your vacation might be featured on the site's social media channels or blog.

Frequently Asked Questions About McConnell State Recreation Area

What is the best time of year to visit McConnell State Recreation Area?

Summer is the best time of year to visit McConnell State Recreation Area, especially right after spring rains. This park sits on the Merced River’s banks, and that is when fishing is at its prime.

What is the climate of McConnell State Recreation Area?

McConnell State Recreation Area has a Mediterranean climate. The coolest month of the year is usually January, with an average daytime high of 53 degrees Fahrenheit, and the warmest is typically July, with an average daytime high of 92 degrees Fahrenheit.

What kind of wildlife can be found in McConnell State Recreation Area?

While exploring McConnell State Recreation Area, you may see raccoons, weasels, opossums, cottontail rabbits, and beavers. Anglers hope to catch rainbow trout. You may also see various birds, including white-headed woodpeckers, Western tanagers, and Hammond’s flycatchers.

Are there designated RV camping spots in McConnell State Recreation Area?

There is a 21-site campground at McConnell State Recreation Area. While there are no hookups, drinking water and a dump station are available. Trailers and motorhomes up to 30 feet long can be accommodated.

Are pets allowed at McConnell State Recreation Area?

Pets are not allowed on the hiking trails at this state park and cannot be on swimming beaches or in public buildings. Dogs are allowed in the campground if they are leashed or crated.