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ATTENTION: Due to low lake elevation, there are no operational boat ramps in Tuttletown.


part ofNew Melones Lake, Bureau of Reclamation
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Tuttletown Recreation Area is located at New Melones Lake on the Stanislaus River. The 12,500 surface-acre lake is the fifth largest lake in California and is situated along the edge of the Mother Lode, the rich gold vein that prompted the California Gold Rush of 1849. At an elevation of 1100 feet, the Foothill Oak Woodlands hug the 100 miles of shoreline.

Popular activities on and around the large, yet uncrowded lake include fishing, boating, water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, sailing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, hiking, biking, horseback riding and picknicking. The New Melones Visitor Center offers year-round interpretive events and a museum highlighting natural and cultural resources.

Natural Features:

New Melones Lake is located in Northern California between the historic gold rush towns of Sonora and Angels Camp. The terrain varies from rolling hills to steep marble cliffs, and the vegetation consists of oaks, Ponderosa pines, chamise and buckbrush shrubs.

Visitors can experience the beauty of New Melones by hiking the many trails in the Tuttletown and Glory Hole Recreation Areas.

The climate is Mediterranean with warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. For those who wish to venture outside the main recreation areas, there are many unique places to visit. Overall, the geography is quite varied and provides many opportunities for all types of recreation.


Hiking, fishing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, boating, sailing and road and mountain biking are just some of the activities available in Tuttletown Recreation Area. Equestrian trails are also present in the Peoria Wildlife Mitigation Area and open for the general public. Camping is also allowed at Tuttletown.

Other interesting sites include Natural Bridges, which can be accessed from Parrott's Ferry Road and has a nice hiking trail and a creek that flows through a marble cave. The Table Mountain Trail provides visitors an opportunity to hike to the top of an extensive lava flow which occurred over nine million years ago.


Visitors will find a full-service marina, amphitheater, playground, horseshoe pits, day-use areas, a multi-lane boat ramp and a fish cleaning station. The campground provides modern conveniences like flush toilets, showers and drinking water. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided at each campsite.

Nearby Attractions:

Tuttletown Recreation Area is surrounded by countless places of natural beauty, including Natural Bridges, Camp Nine, Yosemite National Park, Stanislaus National Forest, Moaning Caverns, Big Trees State Park and Columbia State Park.

Angels Camp Museum, Calaveras County Museum and Sonora Military Museum provide great opportunities for learning interesting information about the area.

Surrounding communities are popular vacation and retirement destinations and provide necessary services and shopping opportunities. Golfing, snow skiing, river rafting, commercial caves, historical railroad and Native American museums are also located nearby.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Marina
  • Showers
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
  • Climbing
  • Firewood
  • General Store
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
Know Before You Go
  • Recreation area entrance gates are closed at night during the posted hours.
  • Vehicle entry after the gates are closed is prohibited. Exit at any time.

  • Manzanita Lower Loop will sites start closing when water level reaches 1060 feet

  • Campfires are only allowed in fire rings or grills in designated areas.
  • For additional information see 43 CFR Parts 423 and 429. They are available at the New Melones Administrative Office or online at: >http://www.usbr.gov/cio/im/rules/Rules.htm
  • For your safety and security, recreation gates are closed at night; gate closure times vary by season; vehicle entry after the gates are closed is prohibited; exit at any time.
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  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    37.98389, -120.50806
    37°59'2"N, 120°30'29"W

    From Sacramento, take Highway 99 south to Highway 12 east. At San Andreas, take Highway 49 south for approximately 21 miles. Turn right Reynolds Ferry Road and follow the road into the Tuttletown Recreation Area.

    From Central California and the Bay Area, take Highway 108 east from Modesto to Sonora, then take Highway 49 north approximately 11.5 miles. Turn left onto onto Reynolds Ferry Road and follow the road into the Tuttletown Recreation Area.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    SONORA  CA  95370

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (209)536-9094
    Weekends: (209) 536-9543

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