Recla­ma­tion An­nounces Sea­sonal Changes, Clo­sures At New Melones

Escalon Times - - LIVING -

The Bureau of Recla­ma­tion has sched­uled an­nual recre­ation area clo­sures at New Melones Lake from Thurs­day, Oct. 1, 2015, through Thurs­day, March 31, 2016. These an­nual clo­sures al­low Recla­ma­tion to per­form nec­es­sary main­te­nance tasks and also al­low for nat­u­ral re­source re­cov­ery.

Clo­sures in the Tut­tle­town Recre­ation Area as listed: Chamise and Man­zanita Camp­grounds and Oak Knoll Group Camp. The Tut­tle­town Boat Launch re­mains closed due to the low wa­ter level. All other lo­ca­tions in Tut­tle­town will re­main open year-round.

Clo­sures in the Glory Hole Recre­ation Area as listed: Big Oak Camp­ground, Iron­horse Camp­ground sites 8-22, 4559, and 70-89 and Osprey Point Day Use Area. The An­gels Creek Boat Launch and park­ing lot re­main closed due to the low wa­ter level. All other lo­ca­tions in Glory Hole re­main open year-round.

Be­gin­ning Tues­day, Sept. 15, 2015, gates for both recre­ation ar­eas will be closed one hour ear­lier, at 10 p.m.

Be­gin­ning Thurs­day, Oct. 15, 2015, through Thurs­day, March 31, 2016, gates for both recre­ation ar­eas will be closed at 9 p.m.

Be­gin­ning Tues­day, Sept. 15, 2015, the New Melones Lake Visi­tor Cen­ter and Mu­seum will be open Thurs­day through Sun­day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as staffing al­lows, and closed on Mon­day, Tues­day and Wed­nes­day.

Visi­tors should be aware that ac­cess­ing the shore­line by foot can be dif­fi­cult in ar­eas due to the low wa­ter level. The wa­ter level at the lake fluc­tu­ates fre­quently, and Recla­ma­tion en­cour­ages all boaters to use cau­tion while nav­i­gat­ing the lake. Some ex­ist­ing and new haz­ards may still emerge as the lake’s sur­face el­e­va­tion grad­u­ally drops due to con­tin­ued drought con­di­tions.

The New Melones Ad­min­is­tra­tion Of­fice is open Mon­day through Fri­day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is lo­cated at 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on ac­tiv­i­ties, di­rec­tions, pet re­stric­tions or other ques­tions, call the New Melones Visi­tor Cen­ter & Mu­seum at 209-536-9543 or the Ad­min­is­tra­tion Of­fice at 209-536-9094, ext. 0 (TTY 800-877-8339), or visit the New Melones Lake web­site at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmel­ones/in­dex.html.

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