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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Nearby Cities
Livingston, CA
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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. 

Outside McConnell State Recreation Area

McConnell State Recreation Area is located near several parks and other recreation areas in the state. You can find plenty of places to shop and dine at after your enjoyable day on the Merced River banks. While the McConnell State Recreation Area is a spectacular place to relax, you might want to visit some of the nearby towns to stock up your RV. 


Foster Farms Restaurant

For those wanting to eat some American comfort food, Foster Farms Restaurant is perfect. This location in Livingston offers breakfast favorites, homemade burgers, and healthy sandwiches. Some of the most popular items on the menu include chicken wings, fried chicken, and corn dog nuggets. You can grab a meal for takeout or stop by and dine inside the restaurant. 

Type: American comfort food

Location: Livingston, CA

La Morenita Mexican Restaurant

When you're in the area, you might want to grab some tasty Mexican fare. La Morenita Mexican Restaurant is the place to eat when you're craving chicken chimichangas, enchiladas, and tacos. If you have a specific dietary restriction, the chefs are also ready to accommodate you. This spot also offers takeout and catering options.

Type: Mexican

Location: Livingston, CA

Geneo's Pizza Parlor

If you're in the mood for some pizza, Geneo's Pizza Parlor is the place to grab a slice. This restaurant offers beers on tap and a large selection of appetizers. You can choose from the Super Special with sausage, pepperoni, beef, mushrooms, and peppers, or you might want to try the vegetarian pie. 

Type: Pizza

Location: Livingston, CA


Liberty Market

While this may be an old-school grocery market, it has everything from fresh meat to vegetables. If you want a to-go option, the deli offers a wide selection of sandwiches. The market might not carry all your favorite brands, but you can find plenty of items to stock up your rig.

Location: Livingston, CA

Save Mart

If you're looking for a major grocery chain, you can head over to Atwater for a visit to the Save Mart store. At this location, you can find a wide selection of grocery items, including meats, fruits, and vegetables. They even offer made-to-order items that you can pick up in the deli. While you're there, you can grab a soup and sandwich for a picnic at the park. 

Location: Atwater, CA

Livingston True Value Hardware

In some cases, you might need camping supplies for your trip. Livingston True Value Hardware is here to help you stay comfortable on the road. This store carries a wide selection of household tools, supplies, and other items. You can even pick up some fun items like pool toys or camping chairs. 

Location: Livingston, CA

Riverdance Farms

You can grab blueberries and cherries from this organic farm. The owners take care to plant shrubs and bushes native to the area. Their goal is to restore the habitat for native bees, songbirds, and other wildlife. In addition to the fruit picking, the Merced River Fest is held here every May. 

Location: Livingston, CA


Arakelian Park

Fans of disc golf will not want to miss an opportunity to visit Arakelian Park. The five baskets at this location complement the ones at Gallo Park. In addition to the disc golf course, there is a playground for children to climb and explore. 

Location: Livingston, CA

Great Valley Grasslands State Park

While gold, flowing grasslands were once common in the San Joaquin Valley, they are now mostly relegated to this protected area. You'll find Great Valley Grasslands State Park about 15 miles southwest of Livingston. 

Location: Stevinson, CA

Yosemite National Park

This beautiful national park, known for its sequoia trees and granite cliffs, is about 65 miles from Merced. Yosemite spans 1,200 square miles and attracts roughly 4 million people a year.

Location: Tuolumne, Mariposa, Mono, and Madera counties, CA

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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. 

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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.