Stanislaus County Parks

Rules and Regulations – Modesto Reservoir

It is unlawful and constitutes an infraction/misdemeanor for any person to violate or fail to comply with any of the following provisions in any recreation area (Stanislaus County Code, Title 18, Parks and Recreation)

  • Prohibited at the Facility
    • No animals or fuel containers are allowed at Modesto Reservoir.
    • Firearms, fireworks, slingshots, BB guns, bows and arrows (except in Archery Range), missile-launching devises, paint ball weapons, bounce houses, waterslides or trampolines, refuse collecting, and collecting cans and bottles for recycling.
    • Attaching, removing, injuring or causing damage to any plants, trees, shrubs, lawn, flowers, or rocks (no tree swings).
    • No swimming in off-boat ramp areas and beyond 200 feet from the shoreline or outside the 5 m.p.h. zones.
    • Engagement in physical violence or any unlawful actions, which violates County, State, or Federal laws.
  • Park Patrons Must
    • Comply with all signs posted by the Department
    • Comply with lawful instructions of a Park Staff/Officer
  • Motor Vehicles in the Park
    • All sections of California Vehicle Code will be enforced (SCC, 18.20.010).
    • All vehicles must stay on designated roads and parking areas.
    • Major vehicle repairs are prohibited in the park.
  • Camping
    • Quiet time begins at 10 pm.
    • A reasonable adult must accompany overnight campers under 18 years of age
    • Campers may only occupy and place equipment on their selected campsite
    • Campers must keep a clean campsite at all times and upon leaving
    • Campfires CANNOT be left unattended and must be extinguished upon leaving the campsite area
    • Campfires MUST be contained or in the fire rings provided
    • Keep all flammable materials away from the fire area to prevent spread
  • Watercraft
    • Boaters must operate at a speed as not to endanger themselves or passengers and to avoid boat damage.
    • A QUAGGA/ZEBRA MUSSEL self-certification is required for all watercraft (Must be visible on vehicle dashboard).
    • All vessels must meet U.S. Coast Guard equipment requirements and state noise level requirements.
    • No vessels may be occupied by a number of persons greater than the vessels designated weight and/or passenger capacity.
    • Boaters must not use a speed in excess of 5 m.p.h. when within 100 feet of any persons in the water or boaters must not use a speed in excess of 5 m.p.h. within 200 feet of any person-occupied beach, dock, or mooring buoy.
    • Bow Fishing Rules

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