It is fascinating to reflect that Lake McClure and Lake McSwain represents the lower reaches of the Merced River, here so far removed from the granite valleys, waterfalls, and alpine meadows of Yosemite with which both are dramatically associated.
The two lakes offer plenty of recreation and fishing and are filled with coves large and small where you can either set up in one of the on-shore campsites or anchor your houseboat for the ultimate water camping experience. Available fish species include salmon, trout, bass, catfish, bullheads, crappie, bluegill and others.
Both these lakes are easily accessed via State Highway 132, about eight miles east of Coulterville. Lake McClure and its baby sister, Lake McSwain, also can be entered at Merced Falls, about 27 miles from Merced and 25 miles from the town of Mariposa, via Catheys Valley.