Reclamation hosting water safety and life jacket exchange day at New Melones Lake

Media Contact: Christie Kalkowski, 916-978-5100

For Release: May 13, 2019

SONORA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will kick off summer with a water safety and life jacket exchange day at New Melones Lake on May 18. The event will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the New Melones Lake Visitor Center and Museum.

Park rangers will provide water safety information, conduct activities and demonstrate the proper wearing of life jackets. New life jackets will be available in exchange for old life jackets for the first 100 participants.

“This partnership with California Division of Boating and Waterways is an opportunity to promote water safety in an area known for its water recreation activities,” said New Melones Supervisory Park Ranger Lee Lang.

The Motherlode area is renowned for its lakes and rivers. With this year’s above-average snowfall, Reclamation wants to ensure all visitors have a fun and safe recreation season.

For more information please contact Park Ranger Mike McGraw at 209-536-9094 ext. 233 or or visit the New Melones Lake website at

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