Managed by American Land and Leisure, the Turlock Lake State Recreation Area is bound on the north by the Tuolumne River and Turlock Lake on the south. It is the ideal place for water activities and spirts. The lake’s recreation area has 26 miles of shoreline and foothill country and some of the most popular activities there are fishing, wildlife viewing, picnicking, swimming, biking, and skiing.
Children, adults, and pets will surely delight at all the things the area offers. Located just about 25 miles of Modesto, Turlock State has an elevation of 250 feet and retains the typical San Joaquin Valley weather with mild winters and warm summers. Visitors frequent the hiking trails, and they welcome pooches of all kinds, as long as they are on a leash, and their pet parents pick up after them immediately.
The hiking trails of the Turlock Lake State Recreation Area are well-established, and there is a lovely artesian well along the back of the canyon wall. People who want to explore the area by hiking are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and lots of water too. Nobody wants to be dehydrated while hiking.
The campground is comfortable and perfect for those who would like some adventure, but many people have reported that there is are plenty of insects and bugs so you might want to pack some insect repellent with you. The ranger station is open during the daytime, and the camp manager is on site to lend a hand for any urgent needs.
Several lookout points dot the area where visitors can get a view of the surrounding savannas, as well as nearby orchards and cattle ranches. The recreation area experiences the heaviest footfall during the Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day so if you hate crowds, steer clear of these days. Go after Labor Day through October because the nights are comfortable and warm, and there are fewer people compared to summer months.