Turlock Lake State Recreation Area RV & Campground Guide

California

Turlock Lake State Recreation Area

is a lovely natural space located along the titular Turlock Lake. Found near such communities as La Grange, Turlock and Modesto, there's plenty to enjoy along the lush foothills of the San Joaquin Valley. The weather skews fairly warm at all times of the year with summer temperatures regularly hitting 90 degrees or higher. This makes the park, which stretches from Turlock Lake to parts of the Tuolumne River, an ideal place for activities like swimming, boating and fishing. It's also a great place to camp out in a tent or an RV if you like enjoying the starry night skies.

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Weather
Spring 57-75 F
Summer 61-92 F
Fall 52-77 F
Winter 40-58 F
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Nearby Cities
La Grange, CA
Turlock, CA
Modesto, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Turlock Lake State Recreation Area

If you want to get the most out of your road trip, consider getting an RV rental. You'll have a traveling hotel on wheels that can take you to your favorite landmarks. Plus, most RVs have more than enough space to carry all your fishing and hiking supplies.

Take full advantage of the RVing experience by staying at one of these RV campgrounds while visiting Turlock Lake State Recreation Area.

Turlock Lake State Recreation Area Campgrounds

The best way to enjoy Turlock Lake State Recreation Area in your RV is to camp right in the park. At $36 per night, you've got a great value in addition to being right up in the action with all the amazing sights, sounds and experiences you can enjoy at the park. Camping is a bit sparse with no hookups, Wi-Fi or the like, but the essentials like bathrooms and showers are still available. Pets are also allowed at the campgrounds.

Kit Fox RV Park

Kit Fox RV Park is a fairly new feature in the Modesto area's RVing landscape. At only $50 per night (plus discounts are available), you can enjoy a beautifully maintained and well-designed campground. You'll also get amenities like full hookups, large paved sites, free Wi-Fi, laundry and showers, a dump station, bathrooms, a clubhouse, DirecTV and plenty more. Pets are also welcomed in the facility.

Modesto Reservoir

The Modesto Reservoir is another wonderful outdoor camping space that welcomes RVers. Spots are available for $30 per night in most places with full hookups, picnic areas, restrooms, an archery range and more. There's even a field dedicated to RC plane flying. However, the most popular attraction is the reservoir, which is used for everything from swimming and fishing to bird-watching. Your pets can also enjoy the great outdoors alongside you. 

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What to Do at
Turlock Lake State Recreation Area

Inside Turlock Lake State Recreation Area

Turlock Lake State Recreation Area has tons to offer guests whether they come to camp or just visit for a day. Since the recreation area covers the north end of Turlock Lake and the Tuolumne River that feeds into it, it's safe to say that a lot of your activities will focus on the water. Swimming, boating, fishing, diving and more are enjoyed by campers throughout the year. Bird-watching and picnicking are also fairly popular as are hiking and cycling through the trails. There's also a wealth of native plants and animals to observe as you explore.

Outside Turlock Lake State Recreation Area

Thanks to Turlock Lake State Recreation Area's convenient location in central California, you're not at risk of having little to do while you're in the area. The closest city is Turlock, which is about 25 miles to the southwest. If you could use a change of pace on your vacation to keep up the fun-filled momentum, here are some of the best restaurants, shops and places to see while you're here.

Restaurants

Dewz Restaurant

Dewz Restaurant is a fine dining experience you won't soon forget. Here, the decor and atmosphere match the unparalleled flavor of menu items like seared scallops, hen thigh dumplings and filet mignon. There's also an impressive wine menu with a tasting room.

Type: Fine dining

Location: 1505 J St, Modesto, CA 95354

Skewers

Skewers is a lovely little Mediterranean restaurant with both flavor and class to spare. Elevate your dining experience in the restaurant's gorgeous main room as you take on the menu, which is filled with shrimp cocktail shooters, dolma and sabzi, and the amazing kabobs from which the restaurant takes its name. They also have a fine selection of wines and other drinks to pair with your meal.

Type: Mediterranean

Location: 906 J St, Modesto, CA 95354

Bella Italia

If fantastic Italian treats are the name of the game, you simply can't do better than Bella Italia. Fried mozzarella, caprese salad, minestrone soup, shrimp scampi, pasta primavera, pizzas and calzones, and plenty more are served up fresh from the kitchen.

Type: Italian

Location: 2625 Coffee Rd Ste K, Modesto, CA 95355

Shopping

Monte Vista Crossings Shopping Center

The Monte Vista Crossings Shopping Center is a fun and eventful place to grab some essentials, souvenirs and even a bite to eat. DICK'S, Kohl's and plenty of other major businesses are located here, making it a one-stop shop for anyone who might be hurting on supplies after a few days out camping.

Location: 2800 W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock, CA 95380

Rembrandt & Rosé

Rembrandt & Rosé is a laid-back paint and pottery studio offering classes and artwork for sale to those interested. Stop in, enjoy a class, grab something that strikes your fancy and have an all-around good time with far less of the stuffy atmosphere you might be used to from a place like this.

Location: 121 W Main St Suite F, Turlock, CA 95380

Vintage Faire Mall

Vintage Faire Mall is a fine place to shop for any weary travelers looking for some civilization. Shops, food courts and even a play area for kids are all at your disposal here.

Location: 3401 Dale Rd, Modesto, CA 95356

Sightseeing

McHenry Mansion

The McHenry Mansion is a historical home built by famous architect Jeremiah Robinson. Filled with history and a treat to look at, it's a popular venue for events. You can also tour the house and see the many decorations.

Location: 15th & I Streets, Modesto, CA 95354

Gallo Center for the Arts

The Gallo Center for the Arts is a performing arts theater that hosts shows from all across the country. Live theater, dance, musicals, magic acts and more all stop by from time to time to deliver a truly unforgettable experience to patrons. 

Location: 1000 I St, Modesto, CA 95354

Cigar Vault

Cigar Vault is an unusual place and definitely not to the tastes of everyone, although those who appreciate a fine cigar will certainly be impressed. Stop in, find something you'll like with the help of the knowledgeable staff, and then sit back and relax while taking a well-earned smoke break.

Location: 101 Main Street, Turlock, CA 95380

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How to Get to
Turlock Lake State Recreation Area

Finding your way to Turlock Lake State Recreation Area is a fairly simple matter. From Main Street in Turlock, you'll want to turn left onto East Avenue and follow it around 4.7 miles. You'll then turn left onto North Hickman Road. Once you get to Waterford, turn right on Yosemite Boulevard. At Roberts Ferry, you'll turn right and go over the river. Take Roberts Ferry Road until it merges with Lake Road and veer left. You'll be able to enter the recreation area on your right.

Entering Turlock Lake State Recreation Area

The park is open from sunrise to sunset each day, which makes the actual hours of operation somewhat flexible and determinant on the season (think somewhere around 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.).

Per vehicle : $12

For day use

Turlock Lake State Recreation Area is a fantastic place to experience the unique sights and sounds of central California. When you're out there on your vacation, remember to take lots of pictures and save those memories. You could even send a few of them to the team at RVshare by tagging the site on social media or emailing your photos to [email protected] RVshare might even feature the pictures it gets in an upcoming blog post.