Sonora, CA — Beginning next week, summer hours arrive on the schedule at New Melones Lake.
Starting Thursday, May 14, the gates to the Glory Hole and Tuttletown recreation areas will remain open until 11 p.m. Current hours are daily from 4 a.m. until 10 p.m. under the spring schedule.
Beginning Memorial Day Monday, May 25, the New Melones Lake Visitor Center and Museum will be open daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Until then, it remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Due to low lake levels, boat launching is possible only at Glory Hole, where an adjacent natural surface ramp to the low-level launch is available for use at the user’s risk. Secondary ramp users are advised to launch and retrieve their watercraft with four-wheel drive vehicles. Due to the continuing drought condition impacts on lake levels, the Tuttletown launches and floating restrooms are not available this season.
Tuttletown’s Manzanita Campground has been open since April, joining Glory Hole, Iron Horse and Big Oak campgrounds that are available for campers. Due to ongoing drought conditions, Chamise and Acorn campgrounds will not open. For more information on available facilities and hours at New Melones, click here.