SONORA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled recreation area closures at New Melones Lake from Oct. 1 through March 31. Ongoing drought continues to impact the lake and shoreline, necessitating operational adjustments to ensure public safety, protection of natural resources, and park infrastructure. While closures are in place, Reclamation will perform necessary maintenance tasks and allow for natural resource recovery.
- Closures in the Tuttletown Recreation Area will occur at the following: Acorn, Manzanita and Chamise Campgrounds; Fiddleneck and Oak Knoll Group Camps; and Heron Point Day Use Area. The Lupine Day Use and Eagle Point Picnic Areas will remain open from sunrise to sunset.
- Closures in the Glory Hole Recreation Area will occur at the following: Big Oak Campground, Angels Creek Boat Launch, Osprey Point Day Use Area, and Buck Brush Day Use Area. Ironhorse Campground, Glory Hole Point Launch, and Black Bart Day Use Area will remain open from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Natural Bridges Day Use Area and Mark Twain Recreation Area remain open from sunrise to sunset.
The New Melones Lake Administration Office remains closed. For more information, call 209-536-9094, ext. 0, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or visit the New Melones Lake website at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/.
The New Melones Lake Visitor Center and Museum is open to visitation and pass sales on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.