During your visit to Murphys, CA, take a brief, scenic drive to New Melones Lake along the Stanislaus River. You’ll have a blast as you explore hiking trails, go water skiing, catch some beautiful fish, or go kayaking. To learn everything you need to know about spending the day at New Melones Lake—read on!
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Things To Do at New Melones Lake
Outdoor enthusiasts will love taking a day trip to New Melones Lake! New Melones Lake is part of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project. It’s located off of Highway 49 and is about eight miles north of Sonora and six miles south of Angels Camp in Mother Lode. The lake provides a myriad of activities and picturesque views of the California Gold Country.
For all of your boating and water sport needs, head to New Melones Lake Marina. It’s located in the Glory Hole Recreation Area and is the only full-service marina on the lake. They offer an array of boat rentals, including houseboats, party boats, motor boats, and pontoon boats. The marina also rents jet skis, inflatable tubes, kayaks, wakeboards, and paddle boards. In summation, they have everything you need for a glorious day out on the water.
If you’re looking for even more hiking trails, head to the nearby Tuttletown Recreation Area, which includes an additional seven trails. Explore the unique landscape of Calaveras County and discover breathtaking views of the lake from an elevated point.
Check out a New Melones Lake map for a full list of trails.
If you’re interested in mountain biking, bring your gear along as many of these trails also permit bikes. Be sure to keep a look for wildlife as it’s not uncommon to spot osprey hawks nesting in trees or bald eagles soaring through the skies.
What better way to spend a relaxing day on the lake than by fishing? Rent a boat for the day or cast a line from the shore and try to reel in a big catch. Fishing is a year-round activity here, and anglers can catch a wide array of fish. The lake is home to rainbow trout, brown trout, redeye bass, and more!
Stop By the Visitor Center and Museum
The Visitor Center and Museum are open seven days a week, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. The museum contains displays and exhibits on the area’s geologic past, Native American history, the California Gold Rush, mining techniques, ranching, the New Melones project, and more.
Bring Your Pet
If you’re visiting Murphys with your pet, they’re welcome to join you on your trip to New Melones Lake. The animal must be on a leash no longer than six feet in length and are not to be left unattended at any time.
Stay at Courtwood Inn
After an exciting day of outdoor adventures on New Melones Lake, come back to Courtwood Inn to relax. We’re happy to provide pet-friendly accommodations here at Courtwood Inn. You and your furry friend can stay in our Davis Cup Room, which has a private ground level entrance for your convenience.