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Established Camping

Tuttletown Recreation Area

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The Tuttletown fish cleaning stations are closed.

Manzanita sites 112-114 are currently closed. As water levels rise, more closures may occur.

About

Bureau of Reclamation

Fall River Lake

Overview

Tuttletown Recreation Area is located at New Melones Lake on the Stanislaus River. The 12,500 surface-acre lake is the fourth largest reservoir in California and is situated along the edge of the Mother Lode, the rich gold vein that prompted the California Gold Rush of 1849. At an elevation of 1100 feet, the Foothill Oak Woodlands hug the 100 miles of shoreline. Popular activities on and around the large lake include fishing, boating, water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, sailing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, hiking, biking, and picknicking. The New Melones Visitor Center offers year-round interpretive events and a museum highlighting natural and cultural resources. __ *COMING APRIL 2021: A new disc-golf course is being constructed and will be available for play!__

Recreation

Hiking, fishing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, boating, sailing and biking are just some of the activities available in Tuttletown Recreation Area. Equestrian trails are also present in the Peoria Wildlife Mitigation Area and open for the general public. Camping is also permitted in designated campsites. Other interesting sites include Natural Bridges, which can be accessed from Parrott's Ferry Road. It has a hiking trail and creek that flow 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.

Facilities

Hiking, fishing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, boating, sailing and biking are just some of the activities available in Tuttletown Recreation Area. Equestrian trails are also present in the Peoria Wildlife Mitigation Area and open for the general public. Camping is also permitted in designated campsites. Other interesting sites include Natural Bridges, which can be accessed from Parrott's Ferry Road. It has a hiking trail and creek that flow 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.

Natural Features

New Melones Lake is located in Northern California between the historic gold rush towns of Sonora and Angels Camp. The terrain varies from rolling hills to steep marble cliffs, and the vegetation consists of oaks, Ponderosa pines, chamise and buckbrush shrubs. 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. Overall, the geography is quite varied and provides many opportunities for all types of recreation.

Nearby Attractions

Tuttletown Recreation Area is surrounded by countless places of natural beauty, including Natural Bridges, Camp Nine, Yosemite National Park, Stanislaus National Forest, Moaning Caverns, Big Trees State Park and Columbia State Park. Angels Camp Museum, Calaveras County Museum and Sonora Military Museum provide great opportunities for learning interesting information about the area. 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 also located nearby.

Charges & Cancellations

All site changes and cancellations need to be done through the Recreation.gov website.__

Fee Info

<a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/planning-visit/camping.html" rel="nofollow">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/planning-visit/camping.html</a>__

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Location

Tuttletown Recreation Area is located in California

Detail location of campground

Directions

From Sacramento take 99 S, 88 W and 12 E to San Andreas. Take 49 S for approximately 20 miles. Turn right onto Reynolds Ferry Road and follow the road 2 miles to the recreation area. From Central California and the Bay Area take 80 E, 580 E then 205 E to 120 E in Manteca. Take the exit for 120 E/99 N. Continue on 120 E. Take 108 E to 49N. Turn left onto Reynolds Ferry Road and follow the road 2 miles to the recreation area.

Address

TUTTLETOWN RECREATION AREA 7200 REYNOLDS FERRY ROAD
Sonora, CA 95370

Coordinates

37.9838889 N
120.5080556 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Unknown
  • T-Mobile
    Unknown

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Tent Cabin

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • WiFi
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Water Hookups
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly

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7 Reviews

H
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2023

Nice Area When Empty

Sites are packed in tight. Def geared for tent camping although I was lucky enough to be here when it was dead empty and picked a good site for my 27’ toy hauler. Fire pits and picnic tables at every site. No idea where the water is at but didn’t really look. There is a nice dump station ($8 fee recommended.. pay station is at park entrance). Lots of deer and raccoons. Gas station with firewood not too far away (Lakeridge Inn Gas), and they have diesel. Boat launch and day use area only a short drive away. Just would not want to be here if it was busy.

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Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Tuttletown Recreation Area by Hunter P., October 10, 2023
  • Review photo of Tuttletown Recreation Area by Hunter P., October 10, 2023
  • Review photo of Tuttletown Recreation Area by Hunter P., October 10, 2023
Matt R.
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2022

Cute spot

Good little spot, water dries up during the summer

Site147
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Tuttletown Recreation Area by Matt R., January 9, 2022
  • Review photo of Tuttletown Recreation Area by Matt R., January 9, 2022
Natalya P.
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2020

Small campsites

Cute small campsites, kind of close to your neighbor. Not a lot of bugs which is always a plus when your near water, we went mid October and the weather wasn’t too hot or too cold. They have flushing toilets and coin operated showers with is nice, but the toilet situation near our campsite was questionable (site 62). Your not as close to the water as you would think looking at the map you need to drive a few minutes to the parking lot. But we found a nice private spot to dunk in the water. No electrical hook up. In some spots the hook ups are far, other sites they have them every few feet.

Near 39 is nice

Amanda R.
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2020

Nice place during the Fall

We went at the end of September. It is very dry, the Lake New Malones was down quite a bit. We swam in the lake the water was great. However, we did not bother with the Kayaks. It’s really not a kayak lake more of a speed boat lake. The campground was good. We were in Acorn 065. The site was great, roomy and in a corner, I have to say it was one of the nicer ones. We had vault toilets close by but there was also flush toilets and showers not to far away. Not a lot of shade, I would not recommend going in the hotter months. The campground is easy to get to. No firewood for sale on site. You have to go to one of the local stores. Plan ahead if arriving late. When we came there was a PSPS so we were told on the second day that wood fires or charcoal fires would be allowed that day due to wind. Lucky their was a Walmart not too far away and we were able to grab a gas grill. :)

  • Review photo of Tuttletown Recreation Area by Amanda R., September 29, 2020
  • Review photo of Tuttletown Recreation Area by Amanda R., September 29, 2020
Scott R.
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2020

Beautiful location - needs some help

The location and weekend was amazing and beautiful. The 105 daytime temps were quelled by dunking ourselves in the lake and taking excursions to some of the other local wonders. We had a great view of the lake and the stars overnight were amazing. It was extremely easy to socially distance from others at all times.

We spent the weekend camped out here but when we arrived, our location was filled with trash. The previous occupants had left garbage strewn everywhere and a garbage bag that was torn into by the wildlife. We cleaned for about half an hour and filled a large black yard waste bag with garbage before we could start to settle in.

The other big issue is that the site says “all facilities are open” but in reality all the restrooms are closed and locked with a solution of putting portable toilets in front of the restroom areas. This is in no way better for dealing with bathroom needs.

Also, the camp host location was marked but no host appeared or was available. The rangers drove by maybe 6 times total.

Be aware when coming here that many sites do not have shade or places to set up hammocks.

Don’t let my negative points turn you away, many of these things were going to be situational and we would love to go back (just not in the midst of a heatwave like that).

  • Review photo of Tuttletown Recreation Area by Scott R., August 6, 2020
william S.
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2018

tuttletown

very small.

Mon M.
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2018

Campground with nice clean facilities

Camped there in October of 2015. Water level in the New Melones Lake was quite low at that time and it is kind of an off-season time to visit this recreation area so campground was not crowded at all. Each site is well spaced in between. Roads within the recreation area were very good and facilities including toilets and showers were very nice and clean. Water was available at campground. We could not see the lake that clearly because of the trees around the campground, but overall it was a good experience at this place.

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Tuttletown Recreation Area by Mon M., July 29, 2018
  • Review photo of Tuttletown Recreation Area by Mon M., July 29, 2018
  • Review photo of Tuttletown Recreation Area by Mon M., July 29, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Tuttletown Recreation Area have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Tuttletown Recreation Area has water hookups.

What is the max vehicle length at Tuttletown Recreation Area?

Tuttletown Recreation Area allows vehicles up to 18 feet.

Are fires allowed at Tuttletown Recreation Area?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Tuttletown Recreation Area, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Tuttletown Recreation Area have wifi?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Tuttletown Recreation Area does have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Tuttletown Recreation Area?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is unknown.

How hard is it to get a campsite at Tuttletown Recreation Area?

Some campers book as far as 6 months in advance, so on high-demand weekends it can be very difficult to get a campsite at Tuttletown Recreation Area. If you want to get a last-minute campsite at Tuttletown Recreation Area, try setting up a text message Alert at TheDyrt.com/alerts

Why is it so hard to get a campsite at Tuttletown Recreation Area?

There are 164 campsites at Tuttletown Recreation Area and over 80 million Americans who camp! Try snagging a cancellation by setting up a text message Alert at TheDyrt.com/alerts