New Melones Lake

New Melones Lake


New Melones Lake

Just fifteen miles southwest of Murphys, New Melones Lake is a fantastic spot for just about any outdoor activity a person could look for — camping, hunting, boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, biking, you name it.
The lake’s two recreation areas include a total of 5 campgrounds (with over 300 campsites between them) 30 miles of hiking/biking trails, fish cleaning stations, a swim beach, and boat launch ramps with parking lots.

Though winter is creeping its way in, one needn’t close the door on New Melones for the season. A year-round visitor center and museum features a variety of exhibits highlighting the area’s prehistory, the gold rush era of the “submerged town” of Melones, water management and conservation. Ranger-guided nature hikes and visitor center programs are also provided year round, and evening campground programs are provided during the summer months.

New Melones Lake is noted for outstanding year-round fishing for both cold and warm water species, and outstanding boating. Nature viewers and birders will find a number of species common to the Foothill Oak Woodland, with an occasional Bald Eagle and Osprey. Hikers and mountain bikers will enjoy the numerous trails through the woodland areas.

For more information:
http://www.recreation.gov
http://www.houseboating.org

WHAT: New Melones Lake
WHERE: 8 miles south of Angels Camp, CA along Highway 49