Camping and Hotels in the Area
The camping facilities at New Melones Lake are managed by the Bureau of Reclamation. The phone number for the New Melones Lake Visitors’ Center is (209) 536-9094.
You can make reservations at www.reserveusa.com.
The Visitors’ Center, in addition to handling the campgrounds, offers wonderful information about the lake and the surrounding area. Stop by for a visit, and be sure to check out the rangers’ list of planned activities. They host talks on a variety of subjects pertaining to the wildlife and history of the area, as well as guided hikes. New Melones Lake, while open to fishing and camping 24 hours a day, has an entrance gate (you can exit any time) that closes late at night and opens before dawn each morning, to help keep vandalism down. Be sure you call the Visitor’s Center to find out when the gate will be closing, if you plan on arriving late.
Sunset on New Melones Lake
There are 318 campsites at New Melones Lake. Campsites are $18.00 per night for standard sites and $14.00 for walk-in campsites (tent-camping). Reserving an available campsite is seldom a problem, except for some holiday weekends. Each campsite has picnic table, fire ring with grill, and shared water. There are no hook-ups available. There are bathroom and shower facilities (bring quarters to pay for showers) at all campgrounds. There is a free dump station for campers at Tuttletown.
At the Glory Hole Recreation Area (Calaveras side-where we are located), there are 55 campsites in Big Oak Campground, and 89 in Iron Horse Campground. The Glory Hole Recreation area is closer to town and shopping and entertainment facilities. The New Melones Lake Marina is on this side. There are challenging hiking and biking trails on this side.
On the Tuolumne side, at Tuttletown Recreation Area, there are 34 campsites in Chamise Campground, 69 in Acorn Campground, 55 in Manzanita Campground, as well as two group reservation sites- Oak Knoll (holds 80 people) and Fiddleneck (holds 48 people). The group sites are available by reservation only. There are a few sites in Manzanita Campground that are close to the water (when the lake is full), but for the most part, water is too far from campsites to allow for boat camping.
For those campers who want hook-ups, Angels RV, located at the entrance to Glory Hole Recreation Area (and across the street from us) is the place to call. Their phone number is (888) 398-0404. This well-run, clean facility offers sites with hook-ups, tent sites, and even camping cabins. They have a small pool and a barbeque area as well.
Angels Inn (888) 753-0226. This hotel caters to boaters, with ample boat parking and has exterior plug-ins to recharge your batteries (bring your own extension cords). Show your fishing license for a 15% discount! Has a pool.
Cedar Ridge Inn (Best Western) (209) 736-4000. All rooms have microwaves and refrigerators. Pool, hot tubs, exercise room, continental breakfast. Limited parking- must unhook boat trailer to park.
Gold Country Inn (800) 851-4944. No pool. Some boat parking. Some rooms with refrigerators and microwaves. Some exterior plugs to recharge your batteries. Next to Rod’s Grille Coffee Shop.
Cooper House Bed and Breakfast Inn (888)330-3764 beautiful B & B with private suites (no bathroom sharing!), complimentary beer and wine bar, appetizers, breakfast, desserts… perfect for couples, and right in downtown Angels Camp.
Cottages at Greenhorn Creek (209) 736-9372 Beautiful, affordable 2-3 bedroom cottages on Greenhorn Creek Gold Course. Can sleep up to 10 comfortably. Ask about boater’s special!
Jumping Frog Motel (209) 736-2191. Limited parking.
Angels RV (888) 398-0404 Right across from Glory Hole Sports. Full hook-ups, pool, clean facilities. Also has camping cabins, lodges, and a 2-bedroom apartment for rent. Big cooking pavilion for barbeques, and a clubhouse- great for a fishing club to get together.
Marble Quarry RV Park (209) 677-8464 Next to Columbia State Historic Park, and about 20 minutes from Melones. Charming, shaded park with lots of hiking and sight-seeing opportunities.
Murphys Historic Hotel and Lodge (800) 532-7684 Historic hotel located a few miles down the road in the quaint town of Murphys. Limited boat parking.