Turlock Lake State Recreation Area

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Aerial view, with Turlock Lake State Recreation Area in upper left area of reservoir.

Turlock Lake State Recreation Area is regional park and recreation area at Turlock Reservoir in Stanislaus County, central California.[1]


The park is in the San Joaquin Valley foothills at 250 feet (76 m) in elevation, on the south side of the Tuolumne River and along the north shore of Turlock Lake.[2] It is part of the California State Parks system.[1]

It is located near La Grange, 25 miles (40 km) east of the city of Modesto, and east of U.S. Route 99 and Turlock.[1]

The recreation area features Turlock Lake with its 26 miles (42 km) of shoreline and the surrounding foothill country leased from the Turlock Irrigation District in 1950.[1]


Turlock Lake at the Turlock Lake State Recreation Area

Recreation activities in the park include: fishing, swimming, boating, and water skiing in Turlock Lake; picnicking, birdwatching, bicycling, hiking, and camping.[1] There are also boat launch ramps. The day use areas are open from 8:00 AM to sunset.[1]

It also offers visitors an example of the diverse variety of riparian zone native plants, that once flourished alongside the rivers across the San Joaquin Valley.

There is a $12 day use fee to enter Turlock Lake State Recreation Area.[1] The campground is spread over 66 acres (27 ha) , shaded by large trees along the Tuolumne River.[3][4][5]

See also

Nearby state parks


  1. ^ a b c d e f g California State Parks: Turlock Lake State Recreation Area
  2. ^ Hipcamp.com: Turlock Lake State Recreation Area
  3. ^ Parks.ca.gov: Camping at Turlock Lake State Recreation Area
  4. ^ Reserve America.com: Official online campground reservations website
  5. ^ One Family's Blog: Camping at Turlock, A Trip Report

External links

  • Parks.ca.gov: Official Turlock Lake State Recreation Area website
  • Parks.ca.gov: Turlock Lake State Recreation Area Brochuremaps, history, + natural features.
  • The Four Rivers Association — funds + supports educational + resource projects and programs in San Joaquin Valley state parks.

Coordinates: 37°37′38″N 120°34′57″W / 37.62722°N 120.58250°W / 37.62722; -120.58250

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