NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California

Woodward Reservoir

Description: A family oriented destination with a Go-cart area, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and the like. Also a lake. At 210 feet north of Oakdale it sports 2,900 surface acres and 23 miles of shoreline. It is an irrigation reservoir managed by Stanislaus County. Warm water fish are the attraction, with some stocked rainbow trout in the mix. Sailing is popular here too.

Location: From Hwy 120 from Modesto/Manteca drive east on Hwy. 120 just past Oakdale and turn north on 26 Mile Road and drive 6 miles to the lake.

Nearest Town: Oakdale.

Camping: Woodward Reservoir County Park. 155 sites, 114 with partial hook-ups and 4 with full hook-ups (30 amp) for tents or RV's. Picnic tables, fire grills drinking water and restrooms with showers and flush toilets. Drinking water can be problematic. Dump station. Some sites with wheelchair access. Reservations not accepted. Open year round.

Fishing: Warm water species and rainbow trout.

Boating: All types. Restrictions is some areas. Boat ramps and a full-service marina. Rentals available.

Other: Swimming, hiking, riding, family fare.

Information: Woodward Reservoir. 209-847-3304.

Services: Bob's Marine. 209-551-2165.