Located along the Stanislaus River in the town of Ripon, California, Caswell Memorial State Park protects the threatened and sadly declining riparian oak woodland. It once flourished throughout the central valley of California. It is the refuge of numerous endangered species, including the revered riparian brush rabbit which does not occur anywhere else.
The state park is quite easy to find. From 99, take Austin Rd exit then head south, and you will see the park at the end of the road. Aside from the excellent walking trails, there is a wide variety of activities offered at the Caswell Memorial State Park such as campfire programs, fishing, boating, bike trails, RV access, swimming, geocaching, picnic areas, and interpretive exhibits.
There are several species of fish including catfish, bass, and crappie waiting for your most enticing fishing technique. The trails allow visitors a glimpse of the riparian ecosystem of the valley which is pristine for most of the time. There is also a variety of wildlife viewing, and although most animals are nocturnal, visitors will be happy to know that birdwatching is the top favorite.
A day spent hiking with your dog in this serene place is the perfect exercise for furbabies and their pet parents. If you dabble in photography, you might want to bring your camera with you and take some excellent landscape photos. If you are planning to go to Caswell Memorial State Park with the entire family, including your four-legged best friend, to the beach and nature, you will find the park more than sufficient.
It is a must to take fully-filled water jug for you and your pooch for a day out at the Caswell Memorial State Park to prevent dehydration. Dog owners are reminded that their pet must be kept in a maximum six-foot leash in a tent or closed vehicle at nighttime. Only service animals are allowed on the benches and the trails. Pets that are not service animals must be kept out.