New Melones Lake Glory Hole Recreation

Glory Hole Road, Angels Camp
New Melones Ranger led programs

Glory Hole & Tuttletown Recreation Areas

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Glory Hole Recreation Area

The New Melones Lake Glory Hole Recreation Area offers spectacular outdoor recreation on and the 3rd largest reservoir in California. Enjoy pet-friendly tent and RV camping, miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing, swimming, boating and boat rentals, kayaking, rock climbing, wildlife viewing and stargazing.

Family fun at New Melones Lake | Raul Ortega

At 12,500 surface acres, New Melones Lake was formed by damming the spectacular Stanislaus River’s deep canyons. Here, you’re likely to see golden and bald eagles, ospreys, red-tailed hawks, quail, turkeys, owls, deer, squirrels, and if you’re lucky, maybe even a coyote or gray fox. Lake levels are high for 2017 – so expect glorious days on the lake!

New Melones Lake Glory Hole Recreation: CAMPING & RV

There are 140 campsites at 2 campgrounds: Big Oak and Ironhorse, most accommodating either RV or tent camping. Campground amenities include: campfire rings and picnic tables at each site | campfire programs | amphitheater | interpretive hikes | horseshoes | showers & toilets are temporarily closed – portables are provided. Get full details on camping here.

New Melones Lake Glory Hole Recreation: FISHING

Glory Hole Sports, the New Melones Lake fishing experts can tell you everything you need to know and provide all of the equipment you need to have a successful day on the lake. Here’s what they say about fishing New Melones:

Fishing is wonderful year-round at New Melones Lake. From Thanksgiving to February, when the trout are gorging themselves on shad in the coves and creek channels, anglers catch stringers of beautiful two to seven pound rainbow and brown trout right from shore. On warm summer nights, boaters can limit out using minnows or night crawlers with submersible lights that attract baitfish, which in turn attract the big trout. It’s very pleasant to spend the night (the lake is open to boaters all night long) bobbing under the stars, the lake water all around you shimmering from your light and the flash of minnows

The lake is home to largemouth, a few smallmouth, spotted and redeye bass. Spring through fall, bass action is hot. In fact, bass fishing tournaments have embraced the lake in recent years, including it in their itineraries and holding Tournaments of Champions there. Summer and fall bring catfish in the three to thirty pound range, some even larger. Perch and crappie can be caught both in the summer using jigs and minnows in the coves and creek channels, as well as in the winter, fishing deep at night using minnows with submersible lights. Kokanee (small, feisty relatives of salmon, and regarded by some as the best tasting of any freshwater fish) were introduced into the lake in spring of 1997, and are thriving far beyond anyone’s expectations. Kokanee action is great in the spring and summer, with limits of two- pounders being common. Members of the Project Kokanee and Kokanee Power say Melones is one of their favorite kokanee lakes.

Fishing amenities at the lake: fishing supplies and bait at the marina store | Game fish: Largemouth Bass & Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee | Pan fish: Crappie, Bluegills, Catfish, Channel Catfish | Fishing license & boat rentals: New Melones Lake Marina | fish cleaning station

You can also get additional fishing gear, expert advice, bait and fishing licence from Glory Hole Sports, just outside the park. If you are just starting out and want expert tuition, consider a fishing guide service like Xperience Fishing Guide Service or ProCast Fishing.

Angels Creek Trail

New Melones Lake Glory Hole Recreation: HIKING & BIKING TRAILS


SIX HIKING & BIKING TRAILS (see map below)
Angels Creek Trail: 2.5 miles | 4.0 kilometers | moderate
Buck Brush Loop: 1.3 miles | 2.1 kilometers | easy
Carson Creek Trail: 2.3 miles | 3.7 kilometers | moderate
Frontier Trail: 2.0 miles | 3.2 kilometers | moderate
Gold Rush Trail: 2.2 miles | 3.5 kilometers | moderate
Tower Climb: 1.3 miles | 2.1 kilometers | challenging

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New Melones Lake | Angels Creek Trail

New Melones Lake Glory Hole Recreation: TRAIL SAFETY & SUSTAINABILITY

As always, when hiking natural areas in Calaveras County, it’s important to follow some sustainability and safety rules. In order to keep these trails beautiful for the forseeable future, we ask that you follow a “Leave No Trace” philosophy, and #hoplightly. You will also want to follow these safety recommendations provided by the US Bureau of Reclamation recommends for hiking New Melones: