McConnell State Recreation Area
Like the other Merced River Parks, McConnell has a lot of shade. It’s also a bit more developed than Hatfield and further from the highway.
If I were to pick a Merced River park in the Valley to camp at, this would be it.
8800 McConnell Road, Ballico, CA
Distance from Merced: 22 miles
Distance from Los Banos: 35 miles
Size: 74 acres
Facilities and activities
- Flush restrooms
- Drinking fountainsCampgrounds/group campground with BBQ grills/fire rings, hot showers
- Picnic areas with tables and BBQ grills
- Group picnic area
- Swimming area
- Dogs allowed? Yes
- Horses allowed? No
- Hunting allowed? No
Fishing or boating?
Fishing can be good at McConnell Recreation Area.
Rainbow trout and bass can be caught in the spring; catfish and perch throughout the year.
No boating ramp is provided, but it is possible to swim in the river or to launch a float tube or hand-carried boat.
Undeveloped Great Valley Grasslands State Park has a six mile hiking trail.