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New Melones Lake, California

#536 of 610 in Nature in California
New Melones Lake is a reservoir on the Stanislaus River in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, within Calaveras County and Tuolumne County, California.

The New Melones Dam and reservoir are a water collection and transfer unit of the Central Valley Project. New Melones Lake provides irrigation water, hydroelectric power, flood control, and wildlife habitat. Recreation uses include fishing, camping, and boating within the Glory Hole Recreation Area and Tuttletown Recreation Area.

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has developed a safe eating advisory for fish caught in New Melones Lake based on levels of mercury or PCBs found in the fish species.
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  • This lake is not a far drive and we have yet to visit, so that's what we did yesterday. Packed up the family, water toys and off we went! The first thing that surprised me was the cost to get in...  more »
  • We rented a ski boat, skis and tubes for the day at the Marina and had a great day on the water. Went mid week so no crowds and lots of open water to play on.  more »
  • So beautiful! Warm, like a piece of glass!!! Best time, best company!!!
  • Beautiful lake and really nice boat ramp . Fishing is very good very early during the summer

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