July 27, 2017

New Melones Lake and Recreation

Pet friendly Kid friendly

12,500 acre-lake with camping, day-use, hiking, biking, boating, wildlife viewing. 305 campsites and 2 group camps reservable year round. Coin-op showers, no hook ups. Entrance gates open 4:00am to 11:00pm(Winter 9:00pm) Boat launch, day use, trails. Interpretive programs. Visitor Center and Museum.

The lake is framed by topography ranging from the rugged Stanislaus River Canyon cliffs to oak-studded golden Sierra foothills. Fishermen number New Melones Lake among their favorites for its excellent trout, bass, crappie and catfish action. Something’s always biting. Hundreds of wildlife species including deer, fox, coyote, beaver, otter, and raccoon can be seen along New Melones Lake’s shore. Up above, eagles, heron, hawks, cormorant and grebe are common sights. The lake also features a mountain bike trail with easy access and parking. Operating hours for lake access vary according to season.

New Melones Lake Marina features houseboat and small boat rentals, marine fuel, marina store, marine services, nearby boat launching and campground, and much more. Dogs are allowed on trails – bring vaccination records and be sure to pick up dog waste.

Related Link:  New Melones Visitors Center | Hike this: Poppy paradise | Biking, Hiking & Equestrian Maps  | New Melones Lake Marina

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