Big Oak Campground

New Melones Lake

New Melones Lake

Big Oak Campground, New Melones Lake, CA

Big Oak Campground

New Melones Lake
Attractions and Activities

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

  • Water ski, jet ski, sail, cruise, and fish 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 Campground Regulations

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

Big Oak Campground

Big Oak Campground is located on a peninsula in the Glory Hole 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.

Big Oak Campground has 53 campsites for RVs, trailers and tents spread across rolling hils above the lake. Some sites have shade from mature oaks, others are more open. Campers can find a number of sites well separated from one another. Many have nice lake views.

Campground Basics
Location: White Ranch Road off Highway 49, nine miles northwest of Sonora
Elevation: 1,150 feet
Mileage from gateway city: Stockton - 66 miles
Number of Sites: 53
Open - Closed: Usually open year-round
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: on leash, always attended
Information: (209) 536-9094
Weekends: (209) 536-9543

Reservations available available whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 40+ feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: #114, 121, 133, 142
Fees: Standard Sites - $22 per night
Reservations: Glory Hole Recreation Area Campgrounds Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 3:00 PM, 2:00 PM

Big Oak Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Campground Map: Glory Hole Campgrounds Map
Area Map: Glory Hole Area Map
Nearby attractions: New Melones Lake with waterskiing, boating, and fishing. Swim beach, launch ramps, marina, amphitheater, fish cleaning stations, horseshoe pits, mountain biking, hiking trails: Angels Creek Trail, Carson Creek Trail, Tower Climb

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites 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 usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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