You are correct, James. John’s Meadow is still closed.
You could do the South Fork trail to the Dry Lake/ Dollar Lake split and back. About 3 miles one- way. There is a river at the split but not much (if any?) along the way (except at the very beginning).
You could also do the Wildhorse Trail 2E02. I posted a trip report in a thread down below with the trail name as the title. You could go as far as Wildhorse Camp (about 3.5 miles one-way). There was a small stream when I was there.
Hope that helps.