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New Melones Lake Offers Outdoor Hiking Activities
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The Bureau of Reclamation has announced the fall interpretive programs at New Melones Lake. All activities are free and suitable for all ages; most do not require reservations. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. A water bottle and sunscreen are recommended. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Following are the scheduled October events.


Coyote Creek Kayaking Excursion

Sunday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m.

New Melones Lake Visitor Center

Coyote Creek inlet tells the historic story of the town of Melones. Join Ranger Hilary to discover some of these extraordinary places. We will launch from the Mark Twain Day Use Area and traverse across the lake and up Coyote Creek. Expect to be out on the water for four hours. This outing is open to experienced swimmers with their own kayak or other non-motorized boat. Participants need to bring their own boat, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket (properly fitting and serviceable), paddles, sunscreen, hat, water and lunch. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Contact Ranger Hilary at 209-536-9094 ext. 221 to reserve your place; meet at the New Melones Lake Visitor Center at 10 a.m.


Things That Go Bump In The Night!

Saturday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m.

New Melones Lake Visitor Center

Halloween is near, now is the time to discover “things that go bump in the night.” Join Park Ranger Mike for a special peek inside the Visitor Center and take a short journey down the Norwegian Gulch trail. Children of all ages are welcome. We will meet at the New Melones Lake Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather as things might be a bit “chilling.” A flashlight is required.