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Archeology/Museum Property Museum Property for the New Melones Artifact Storage Facility
New Melones New Melones Dam and Reservoir are part of the Central Valley Project - New Melones Unit operated by the Bureau of Reclamation. Located 60 miles upstream on the Stanislaus River from the confluence of the San Joaquin River. The reservoir has a capacity of 2.4 million acre feet of water with 100 miles of shoreline, and a water surface area of 12,500 acres. New Melones is located between the historic mining towns of Sonora and Angels Camp on Highway 49 and is nestled in the Foothill Oak Woodlands of the Sierras at the 1100 ft elevation. Summer temperatures range from 85-100F and winter range from 32-60F.Gloryhole Recreation Area has two campgrounds (Big Oak and Ironhorse) with 144 campsites, 3 day-use areas, 30 miles of hiking/biking trails, a fish cleaning station, a swim beach, and 2 boat launch ramps with parking lots.
New Melones Camping New Melones Lake offers year-round camping at two locations: Glory Hole Recreation Area, located approximately 6 miles (9 km) south of Angels Camp, California, and Tuttletown Recreation Area, located approximately 8 miles (13 km) north of Sonora, California. Both campgrounds at New Melones offer camping for tents and recreational vehicles. Walk-in campsites are also available in both recreation areas.
New Melones Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) Fee Program New Melones Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) Fee Program homepage - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The 2005 Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, or REA for short (P.L. 108-447), provides authority for Reclamation to join four other federal agencies in a fee collection and revenue retention program, issue special recreation use permits, and participate in a nationwide parks pass initiative called the Interagency Pass program. For Reclamation, implementing this legislation marks the first time that certain recreation areas such as New Melones Lake are provided the opportunity to retain revenues at the site collected, to be used for the enhancement of recreation facilities and services and other public benefits.
New Melones Visitors Center Welcome to the New Melones Visitors Center. The Visitor 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. The Visitor Center and Museum are open Memorial Weekend through Labor Day, seven days a week, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. From Labor Day through Memorial Weekend it is open five days a week, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Volunteers and ranger staff are available to provide you information, maps and orientation to New Melones Lake and other local interests.

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