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Recreation Passes

The Bureau of Reclamation is a participant in the new Interagency Pass Program which was created by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) and authorized by Congress in December 2004. Other participating agencies include the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management. REA authorizes a series of interagency recreation passes, collectively known as the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. REA also authorizes sites like New Melones to develop site-specific recreation passes.

Recreation Pass Comparison Matrix

Pass Type Who Is It For? Cost Admits Benefits
New Melones Lake Annual Day Use Pass
Anyone
$50 Annually
The New Melones Lake Annual Day Use Pass has two signature lines and any two individuals may sign the pass. Both are considered pass holders. Admits pass holder(s) and occupants of a single, private, non-commercial vehicle OR two motorcycles OR pass holder and three persons (16 and older) for walk-in entrance.
Honored only at New Melones Lake for areas charging standard amenity fees.
Frequent visitors to New Melones Lake may save money by buying a New Melones Lake Annual Day Use Pass.
One hundred percent of the purchase price is retained to support recreation opportunities at New Melones Lake.

New Melones Lake Annual Boat Launch Pass

 

Anyone
$70 Annually
The New Melones Lake Annual Day Use Pass has two signature lines and any two individuals may sign the pass. Both are considered pass holders. Admits pass holder(s) and occupants of a single, private, non-commercial vehicle OR two motorcycles OR pass holder and three persons (16 and older) for walk-in entrance and allows use of boat launch facilities.
Honored only at New Melones Lake for areas charging standard amenity fees and boat launch fees.
Frequent visitors to New Melones Lake may save money by buying a New Melones Lake Annual Boat Launch Pass.
One hundred percent of the purchase price is retained to support recreation opportunities at New Melones Lake.
Interagency Annual Pass
Anyone
$80 Annually
The Interagency Annual Pass has two signature lines and any two individuals may sign the pass. Both are considered pass holders. Admits pass holder(s) and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. At per-person sites, admits pass holder(s), and up to 3 persons (not exceeding 4 persons total).
Honored nationwide at Bureau of Reclamation, Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging standard amenity or entrance fees.*
Frequent visitors of multiple federal agency lands may save money by buying an Interagency Annual Pass.
One hundred percent of the purchase price is retained to support recreation opportunities at New Melones Lake.
Interagency Volunteer Pass
Citizens or permanent residents of the United States who accrue 500 volunteer hours.
Free
Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. At per-person sites, admits pass holder, and up to 3 persons (not exceeding 4 persons total).
Honored nationwide at all Bureau of Reclamation, Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging standard amenity or entrance fees.*
Interagency Senior Pass
Citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are 62 years of age or older.
$10 Lifetime
Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. At per-person sites, admits pass holder, and up to 3 persons (not exceeding 4 persons total).
Honored nationwide at all Bureau of Reclamation, Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging standard amenity or entrance fees.
Receives a 50% discount on some expanded amenity fees (More Information).
One hundred percent of the purchase price is retained to support recreation opportunities at New Melones Lake.
Interagency Access Pass
Citizens or permanent residents of the United States who have a medical determination and documentation of blindness or permanent disability. (Documentation Requirements)
Free Lifetime
Same as Interagency Senior Pass.
Same as Interagency Senior Pass.

* Interagency Annual Passes and Interagency Volunteer Passes do NOT include overnight camping, developed boat launches and swimming sites, specialized interpretive services or concessionaire services nor do they include fees related to facility or equipment rental (cabins, lookouts, day/overnight group sites), special conservation programs, managed OHV areas, transportation systems, reservation services, or permits of any kind.

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