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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) Woodward Reservoir Map & Info

  • 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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