Acorn Campground

New Melones Lake

New Melones Lake

Acorn Campground, New Melones Lake, CA

Acorn Campground

New Melones Lake
Attractions and Activities

New Melones Lake has over 12,000 surface acres and 100 miles of shoreline. Visitors to Acorn Campground find a variety of attractions and recreation opportunities.

  • Enjoy Water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, cruising, and fishing on the 12-mile long lake.
  • Enjoy hiking and bike riding over miles of trails and roads.
  • Join in ranger-led nature hikes and history hikes.
  • Swim in the comfortable waters of New Melones Lake.
  • Attend summer campfire programs about a variety of topics.
  • Children can participate in the Junior Rangers program.
  • Tour the Visitor Center with displays and exhibits about geology, Mi-Wok Indians, the Gold Rush, and ranching.

Key Acorn Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be on leash and always attended. At night they must be in a tent or vehicle.
  2. Recreation area gates are closed at night and vehicle entry is not permitted when gates are closed. Exit is always available.
  3. Generators may only be operated between 10 AM and 8 PM.
  4. Water may still be in short supply after California's drought.

Acorn Campground

Acorn Campground is on a peninsula in the Tuttletown Recreation Area of New Melones Lake. Visitors to the campground enjoy the close proximity of a marina and boat launch ramp, trails along the shore of the lake, and nearby fish cleaning stations. New Melones is popular for fishing, boating, and water skiing.

Acorn Campground has 69 campsites on a low hill overlooking the lake. All of the campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Shade is limited in many sites. Like most foothill reservoirs, New Melones can be quite hot in the summer.

Acorn Campground Basics
Acorn Campground Location: Reynold Ferry Road off Highway 49, eight miles northwest of Sonora
Elevation: 1,200 feet
Mileage from gateway city: Stockton - 65 miles
Number of Sites: 69
Open - Closed: Usually open year-round
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle (fee for additional vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended
Information: (209) 536-9094
Weekends: (209) 536-9543

Reservations at Acorn Campground
Reservations available available whenever campground is open;
3 sites are first-come, first-served (#46, 50, 54)
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 40+ feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: #9, 16, 22, 27, 54, 64
Fees: $22 per night
Reservations: Tuttletown Recreation Area Campgrounds Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 3:00 PM, 2:00 PM

Acorn Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Campground Map: Tuttletown Campgrounds Map
Area Map: Tuttletown Area Map
Attractions near Acorn Campground: Explore New Melones Lake with waterskiing, boating, and fishing. Enjoy Lupine Day-use area. Take advantage of a near by boat launch ramp. Hike out to Eagle Point, on the Heron Point Trail, and Cougar Point Trail.

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites at Acorn Campground can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood locally.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usuallyreserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

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