Tuttletown Recreation Area Campground and Camping

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About the Campground

Tuttletown 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 Tuttletown Recreation Area include a playground, a hiking & biking trail, 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

Services & Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bbq Grills
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping Facility
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trail
  • Public Marina
  • Showers
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait
  • Climbing
  • Convenience Store
  • Firewood
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Trails, Bicycle


Peak Season
Jan 01 2010 -
Dec 31 2010
WALK TO $14.00
Peak Season
Jan 01 2011 -
Dec 31 2011
WALK TO $14.00

Alerts and Important Information Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance. Portions of the campgrounds are open year-round with reservations available year-round. Group campground reservations are also available year-round. For your safety and security, recreation area gates are closed at night. Gate closure times 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. 2 vehicles and 8 people allowed for each standard site. 1 vehicle and 4 people allowed for each walk-to site. No extra vehicles allowed. All vehicles must park on parking pads. Total vehicle length must not exceed driveway length. No trailers of any kind, boats, RV's, or motorhomes are allowed in the Chamise campground due to limited parking and short turn arounds. All showers are coin operated There are no hookups at this campground 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 Jun 14 2011
Reservation Phone: 877-444-6777
Campground Reservations: Tuttletown Recreation Area
Campground Phone: 209-536-9094
Customer Service Phone:888-445-1474
Backcountry Permits Phone: 877-550-6777

Modesto, CA

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More About Tuttletown Recreation Area Campground

Tuttletown 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 -120.5081 latitude, and -120.5081 longitude into your GPS device.

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