New Melones Lake Visitors Center and Museum are located on Highway 49, between Sonora and Angels Camp, just 1/4 mile south of the Highway 49 Stevenot Stanislaus River Bridge.
(209) 536-9543 Website: New Melones Lake Visitors Center Hours: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day - open 7 days a week
Labor Day to Memorial Day Weekeend - 5 days a week, closed Mondays and Tuesdays
The New Melones Lake Visitor Center and Museum contains displays and exhibits on the area's geologic past,
Mi-Wok Indian and early human history, the California Gold Rush, mining techniques, ranching, the town
of Robinson Ferry, natural history, and the New Melones project.
Table Mountain Trek, March 4, 10:00 AM - challenging 3 mile hike with some steep sections.
Mountain Biking in the Motherlode , March 11, 6:00 PM - Sonora Cyclery and Reclamation gives an evening presentation exploring the world of mountain biking
Fire to Flowers, March 18, 10:00 AM - Join Park Ranger Sam to discover the floral display that often follows a fire and the unique ecology of the Chaparral ecosystem along the Buck Brush Trail. Easy to moderate 1½-mile round trip hike.
If These Rocks Could Talk, April 2, 10:00 AM - Learn about how water has shaped the rocks around Natural Bridges. 2-mile round trip, moderate to strenusous
A Night With Jupiter, April 7, 7:00 PM
Heron Point Hike, April 8, 10:00 AM
The Stars Over New Melones Lake, April 22, 7:30 PM
Chaparral Foray, April 29, 9:00 AM - Strenuous 3½ mile loop hike along a section of Table Mountain. View remains of the Duchess Gold Mine
Kayaking Excursion, May 7, 10:00 AM - 4-hour ranger led kayak tour of the lake. Bring your own boat. Call to reserve your spot. Park Ranger Josh at 209-536-9094 ext. 236
Junior Ranger programs offer activities and games for children to learn about subjects such as the plants,
animals, history, water safety and geology of New Melones Lake. The programs are open to children 5 years and older.
A parent or guardian must be present during the program. By participating in a program and completing activities in a Jr. Ranger handbook,
children are able to earn a special badge and gift, making them a New Melones Junior Ranger.
History and Nature Walks
Interpretive park rangers lead walks and hikes during the fall, winter, and spring. These often focus on
history, wildlife or geology. The hikes are always free. They are suitable for all ages and do no require
Kids' Day Fishing Faire - 2nd Saturday in June
The Kids' Day fishing Faire is for disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the area,
ages 15 and younger. The children enjoy a fun filled day of fishing and activities to help them learn
about the environment and boat and water safety.
National Public Lands Day - Late September
Around the country on National Public Lands Day thousands of volunteers join in a hands-on effort to improve and enhance public lands.
Volunteers plant trees and plants, build trails and bridges, remove trash and invasive plants.
Picnic Areas & Swim Beaches
Picnic Areas, Day-Use Areas, and a Swim Beach are located around Tuttletown Recreatioin Area
and Glory Hole. All locations have restrooms and most have picnic tables.
Tuttletown Recreation Area
Eagle Point Picnic Area -next to Tuttletown boat launch ramp
Heron Point Day Use - on peninsula north of Tuttletown ramp
Lupine Day Use - next to Fiddleneck Group Campground, has fish cleaning station, telephone
Glory Hole Recreation Area
Black Bart Day Use Area - on the Glory Hole peninsula
Buckbrush Day Use Area - near Angels Creek
Osprey Point Day Use - on the Glory Hole peninsula
Angels Creek Swim Beach - near Angels Creek boat launch ramp (restroom nearby at boat launch ramp area)
Miles of developed hiking trails loop along the shore of New Melones Lake. The Bureau of Reclamation has developed excellent maps of the trails: