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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 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 p.m.

    • Overnight campers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult

    • Campers must keep a clean campsite at all times and upon leaving

    • There is a maximum of 2 vehicles allowed per campsite

    • 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.

  • Pets/Horses (Woodward Reservoir Only)

    • Pets must be kept under control and on a leash at all times while in the park (6 feet if walking, 10 feet if staked). Owners must possess proof of current rabies vaccination (SCC, 18.08.050).

    • All owners or handlers shall be responsible to retrieve and properly dispose of fecal material in a sanitary manner

    • Horses are permitted in area A though FF only

  • Bow Fishing Rules



15 Day Camping Limit: no person shall camp for more than a total of fifteen nights during any thirty-day period at any one recreation area. Using multiple accounts to circumvent this rule will result in an immediate cancellation.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to change your arrival/departure date and/or site, you must log into your reservation account to process the cancellation prior to 4 pm the day before your arrival date. A $10 cancellation fee will be assessed per reservation, and deducted from your refund amount. $5 reservation fee is non-refundable.  Cancellations can be made online. This service is available 7 days a week, 24/7.

Last Minute Cancellation: If you need to cancel your reservation after 4 pm the day before your arrival date you must call us at (209)525-6750. You will be charged a cancellation fee of $10, and the first night’s campsite fee will be forfeited.

Early Out: If you must leave the park one or more days early, a cancellation fee of $10 will be deducted from any refund. You must check out before 2 pm Retain your camping confirmation letter until you have received your refund or your charge card has been credited. Allow at least 30 days to receive your refund.

Change Policy:  If you need to change your arrival/departure date, park, and/or campsite, you must log in to your reservation account and process the change before 4pm the day before your begin date. Visitors will be charged a $10 change fee per reserved campsite for a change in dates, sites, parks, extending or shortening stay requests.

Emergency Closures: If Stanislaus County Parks and Recreation closes a campground due to an emergency or disaster, we will make every effort to notify you. In these cases, all fees will be refunded as soon as possible.


Reservation Fees: Reservation fees are non-refundable

In cases of inclement weather, when the campground remains open, but you choose to leave, refunds will be issued based on the early out policy.

How to Cancel a Reservation

How to Change a Reservation

How to Request a Refund Outside of Policies

 As a further measure to protect the health, safety and welfare of person using a recreation area, any person violating a provision of Stanislaus County, California County Code Title 18, or, while in a recreation area, any provision of state law, may be ordered, by an officer or employee authorized to enforce the provisions of this title, to leave all or part of a recreation area and not to re-enter such area for any period up to twenty-four hours. Any person ordered to leave a recreation area pursuant to this section shall not be entitled to a refund of any park user fees. Failure to obey such order shall be a misdemeanor. (Ord. CS 512 §9, 1993).

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