George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area

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George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area is a state park unit on the Merced River Merced County, California. It is located in the San Joaquin Valley about 20 miles (32 km) south of Modesto.


The park has many native riparian zone trees and is home to various wildlife, especially birds. Swimming, fishing and picnicking are popular activities.[1]

The 46.5-acre (18.8 ha) park was established in 1953.[2]

Proposed for closure[edit]

George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area was one of 70 California state parks proposed for closure by July 2012 as part of a deficit reduction program.[3] It was previously one of several state parks threatened with closure in 2008. Those closures were ultimately avoided by cutting hours and maintenance system-wide.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "George J. Hatfield SRA". California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
  2. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 18. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
  3. ^ "State Parks Announces Closures" (PDF) (Press release). California State Parks. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  4. ^ McGreevy, Patrick; Sahagun, Louis (2009-09-26). "State parks to stay open, but with cuts in hours, staffing". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, Calif. Retrieved 2011-12-30.

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Coordinates: 37°21′28″N 120°57′38″W / 37.35778°N 120.96056°W / 37.35778; -120.96056