For example, the campsites at lakes McClure and McSwain are not full, but space is limited. Merced Irrigation District maintains those lakes.
"We expect to see a lot of visitors, but we've still got space for folks," MID spokesman Mike Jensen said, adding that the lakes also are open for use during the day.
There has been some intermittent smoke, mainly in the morning hours, around Lake McClure, Jensen said. It doesn't appear to have deterred visitors, he said, and Highway 59 is clear on the way to the lakes.
Farther from the smoke and flames are Lake Yosemite near UC Merced, Henderson Park in Snelling and Hagaman Park in Stevinson. Bryan Behn, Merced County Parks and Recreation superintendent, said all three are available for day use.
Lake Yosemite is the shortest drive from Merced.
&Mdash; The growing Rim fire in the Stanislaus National Forest may have fans of the outdoors nervous about their Labor Day weekend travel plans to the area, but officials say they have some options.