New Melones Lake

“This past weekend we went house-boating on New Melones Lake and it was AMAZING! About thirty of us rented two great house-boats and had a perfect weekend on the lake.  I had never been house-boating and had always wanted to go and now I can’t wait to go back!” ~ Meghan P. San Francisco, CA

Escape to California’s Central Sierra Gold Country! Magnificent scenery, miles of secluded shoreline, fantastic boating and fishing, and clean, clear water make New Melones Lake the perfect place for a luxury houseboat vacation!

First filled in 1983, New Melones Lake has 12,500 surface acres when full and more than 100 miles of scenic shoreline to explore. The lake is framed by topography ranging from the rugged Stanislaus River Canyon cliffs to oak-studded golden Sierra foothills. Fishermen number New Melones Lake among their favorites for its excellent trout, bass, crappie and catfish action. Something’s always biting. Hundreds of wildlife species including deer, fox, coyote, beaver, otter, and raccoon can be seen along New Melones Lake’s shore. Up above, eagles, heron, hawks, cormorant and grebe are common sights. The lake also features a mountain bike trail with easy access and parking. Operating hours for lake access vary according to season. Entry fees apply.

Explore the Gold Country

Although New Melones Lake is a wonderful recreation destination all by itself, it happens to be right in the heart of the Sierra Mother Lode, one of California’s most popular tourists spots. If you’re looking for more than a water-oriented vacation, the choices here are endless! The lake is surrounded by the Gold Rush towns of Jamestown, Angels Camp, Murphys, Sonora and Columbia, a restored 1860′s era State Historic Park. There are wineries with tasting rooms, cave tours, gigantic underground caverns, river rafting, Calaveras County’s Jumping Frog Jubilee, Stanislaus National Forest and much more!

A Houseboat Dream!

Houseboating is the best and most unique way to discover the lake. By day, a houseboat is the convenient hub for the day’s fishing trips, watersports, and swimming. By day’s end, you’re tucked into a secluded cove to prepare dinner and enjoy a peaceful evening in the top deck hot tub or luxurious cabin.  We encourage everyone to try houseboating on  New Melones Lake in 2014, as it will be the last year for rental houseboats on the lake.’s concession agreement terminates at the end of 2014 and the Bureau of Reclamation is seeking a new operator, however the future of houseboat rentals on the lake is uncertain at this time.

New Melones Lake Marina

New Melones Lake Marina features houseboat and small boat rentals, marine fuel, marina store, nearby boat launching and campground, and much more!