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New Melones Lake Recreation

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.

Spring 2017 Ranger-Led Activities

Learn more about these activities: Spring 2017 Recreatioin Activities or contact Park Ranger Mike McGraw at (209) 536-9094 ext. 233


Junior Rangers Program

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 reservations.

Special Events

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.

Hiking Trails

Miles of developed hiking trails loop along the shore of New Melones Lake. The Bureau of Reclamation has developed excellent maps of the trails:


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