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New Melones Lake Tuttletown Boat Ramp Now Open

Media Contact: Shane Hunt, 916-978-5100, 01/18/2017 10:57

For Release: January 18, 2017

SONORA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announces that the Tuttletown boat ramp at New Melones Lake is now open. Recent heavy rains have increased lake levels, allowing boats to launch from a lower-level ramp for the first time since June 2014. Four-wheel drive is recommended when launching due to the present condition of the native surface road going down to the ramp. All boat launching fees will apply.

Boat launching opportunities at Glory Hole have enhanced with the availability of a large, four-lane ramp and additional courtesy docks.

Water levels at the lake fluctuate frequently and Reclamation encourages boaters to use caution while navigating the lake. Rising lake levels will be submerging islands and other topographical features making the visual location of hazards unpredictable.

Boaters are required to maintain speeds of no more than 5 miles per hour within 200 feet of any island or shoreline. Wearing life jackets while on the water will help visitors have a safe and enjoyable day on the lake. Children under 13 years of age must wear a properly fitting life jacket.

For questions or more information about the boat ramp or boating at New Melones Lake please call 209-536-9094.

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