Glory Hole Recreation Area Campground and Camping

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About the Campground

Glory Hole Recreation Area is located at New Melones Lake. New Melones Lake, the fifth largest lake in California, is located on the Stanislaus River. The 12,500 surface acre lake is situated along the edge of the Mother Lode, the rich gold vein that prompted the 1849 California Gold Rush. At 1,100 feet above sea level, the diverse and resource abundant Foothill Oak Woodlands hug the 100 miles of shoreline. Land-based activities include wildlife viewing, rock climbing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and picknicking. Fishing, boating, water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, sailing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing are enjoyed at this large, yet uncrowded lake. Facilities at the Glory Recreation Area include a full-service marina, amphitheater, playground, horseshoe pits, 25 miles of hiking and biking trails, campgrounds, day-use areas, multi-lane launch ramp, and a fish cleaning station. Surrounding communities are popular vacation and retirement destinations and provide necessary services and shopping opportunities. Golfing, snow skiing, river rafting, commercial caves, historical railroad and Native American museums are close by. Year-round interpretive events, a museum highlighting natural and cultural resources, as well as general information and directions are available at the New Melones Lake Visitor Center, located on Highway 49, midway between Sonora and Angels Camp. For more information visit New Melones Lake Website Geography: New Melones Lake is located in Northern California between the historic gold rush towns of Sonora and Angels Camp. All of the recreation areas can be reached from California State Highway 49. The terrain of the area varies from rolling hills to steep marble cliffs and the vegetation consists of typical foothill species like oaks, shrubs, and grasses. Visitors can experience the beauty of New Melones by hiking the many trails in the Tuttletown and Glory Hole Recreation Areas. The climate is Mediterranean with warm dry summers and cool wet winters. For those who wish to venture outside the main recreation areas, there are many unique places to visit. Natural Bridges, which can be accessed from Parrott's Ferry Road, has a nice hiking trail and a creek which flows through a marble cave. The Table Mountain trail provides visitors an opportunity to hike to the top of an extensive lava flow which occurred over nine million years ago. Overall, the remaining geography is quite varied and provides many opportunities for all types of recreation . New Melones Lake is great place to visit and it provides many types of recreational opportunities. Recreation: Hiking, fishing, wakeboard, waterskiing,recreational boating, sailing, personal watercraft, road and mountain biking are just some of the activities available in our Project area. Equestrian trails are also present in the Peoria Wildlife Mitigation Area and open for the general public. Camping is only allowed in our two recreation areas, Tuttletown and Gloryhole.

Services & Amenities

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Bbq Grills
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch
  • Boat Rental
  • Boating
  • Campfire Programs
  • Canoe Rental
  • Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horse Rentals
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Marina
  • Mountain Biking
  • Multi Lane Boat Ramp
  • Paddle Boat Rentals
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Public Marina
  • Rent Bicycles
  • Rent Boats
  • Rent Canoes/Kayaks
  • Rent Fishing Equipment
  • Showers
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait
  • Convenience Store
  • Firewood
  • Fishing Supplies


Peak Season
Jan 01 2010 -
Dec 31 2010
WALK TO $14.00

Alerts and Important Information Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance. Portions of the campground are open year-round with reservations available year-round. Group campground reservations are also available year-round. For your safety and security, recreation are gates are closed at night. Gate closure time vary by season and are as follows: May 1 through September 30: Close 11 p.m.; Open 4 a.m. October 1 through October 31: Close 10 p.m.; Open 4 a.m. November 1 through March 31: Close 9 p.m.; Open 4 a.m. April 1 through April 30: Close 10 p.m.; Open 4 a.m. All showers are coin operated. 2 vehicles and 8 people allowed for each standard site. Only 1 vehicle and 4 people allowed for each walk-to site. No extra vehicles allowed. All vehicles must park on parking pads. Total vehicle and equipment length must not exceed driveway length. There are no hookups at this campground. An RV dump station is not available in this recreation area. Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 6' and must be attended at all times. Most visitors remove their boats from the lake each night due to unsuitable shoreline mooring. For more information, please call (209) 536-9094, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed federal holidays) or (209) 536-9543 on weekends between 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Campground Contact Information

Open From: Jun 16 2010 to Dec 14 2010
Reservation Phone: 877-444-6777
Campground Reservations: Glory Hole Recreation Area
Campground Phone: 209-536-9094
Customer Service Phone:888-445-1474
Backcountry Permits Phone: 877-550-6777
Location: Glory Hole Road Angels Camp (near Modesto), CA
Phone: 209-536-9094

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Glory Hole Recreation Area is a campground located in Modesto, California. This is a US Forest Service campground. All reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777.

To find this campground check the map shown above, or enter -120.5403 latitude, and -120.5403 longitude into your GPS device.

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