Lake McClure is a reservoir in the Sierra Nevada foothills of western Mariposa County, California. It is formed by the New Exchequer Dam impounding the Merced River, which is a tributary of the San Joaquin River, and is big enough for boaters to spread out, with lots of nice coves and inlets -- plus a wide body of open water near the dam. Waterskiers and Wakeboarders mingle easily with recreational boaters, sailors, and anglers. A modest entrance fee and launch fee make it an affordable place to visit time and again. Launch ramps are situated around the lake. House-boating is popular at the lake.
McClure features three marinas, two on the west side of the lake and a third on the north shore. Services vary at the marinas. Barrett Cove Marina offers the most services and rents a variety of boats such as ski boats, patio boats, houseboats, and personal watercraft.
The lake has long been home to WEST COAST CAMPS, and excellent Watersport Camp operated by Mike Schwenne and family. Mike is a superb educator, and runs a top-shelf camp. Make a point of meeting Mike and his group while at McClure. You can reach them at (831) 345-3705.