New Melones

New Melones Lake


IMPORTANT NOTICE: In support of the President’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing, face masks are now required in all federal buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on federally managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

New Melones is part of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project. It is located off of Highway 49, some 8 miles north of Sonora and 6 miles south of Angels Camp, in the Mother Lode.

Each year, around 600,000 visitors enjoy New Melones’ numerous recreational opportunities. Facilities include day use areas; boat launch ramps; more than 300 campsites; hiking, biking and equestrian trails; a visitor center and museum; and abundant water-based recreation.

Reservoir Conditions

Lake conditions vary seasonally at New Melones Lake depending on weather and annual rainfall. Please visit the following link for the most up-to-date lake condition information

UPDATE: October 1, 2022

What’s closed?

  • Campgrounds: Manzanita, Acorn, Big Oak, and Chamise; and Oak Knoll and Fiddleneck group camp
  • Day Use Areas: Heron Point, Osprey Point and Buck Brush
  • Boat Launch: Angels Creek
  • The Administrative office
  • Glory Hole Dump Station
  • Tuttletown Recreation Area boat ramps

What’s open?

  • The Visitor Center and Museum are open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the purchase of park passes.
  • Entrance gates to Tuttletown and Glory Hole recreation areas remain open daily from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Campgrounds: Ironhorse
  • Day Use Areas: Black Bart, Lupine, Natural Bridges, Mark Twain, and Eagle Point
  • Boat Launches: Glory Hole main ramp
  • Trails: Natural Bridges, Table Mountain, and Peoria
  • New Melones Lake Marina (customers should contact 209-785-3300 for more information)
  • Tuttletown fish cleaning station, Tuttletown dump station, and Glory Hole dump station.
  • Special Use activities including fishing tournaments, equestrian events, houseboat launching, etc. If you have additional questions, contact Park Ranger Eric Johnson at 209-536-9094 ext. 219 or

All visitors are advised to continue to follow  CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Please keep New Melones beautiful by following these minimum impact practices:

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Help Us Protect Our Historic Resources

Visitors are asked to help protect historic resources by not handling, removing or destroying any artifacts or ruins along the lake bed. These sites and artifacts are protected by federal and state laws that prohibit disturbing the sites in any way. In addition, the use of metal detectors is not allowed on Reclamation lands per 43 CFR 423.29(f). Please report the finding or destruction/removal of any ruins or artifacts to the New Melones Administration Office at 209-536-9094.

Recreational Interests

  • New Melones Lake & Recreation Brochure (PDF - 5.7MB)
  • Hunting areas (Map)
  • Recreation Activities/Interpretive Program Announcements
  • Reservations and Recreational Information

  • Glory Hole Recreation Area
  • Tuttletown Recreation Area
  • REA Fee Program
  • Invasive Quagga and Zebra Mussels
  • Fish Species at New Melones Lake

    Last Updated: 11/9/22