The Bureau of Reclamation announces its 2017 summer interpretive program and activity schedule for New Melones Lake, located in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties. All program presentations, unless otherwise noted, will take place at the Amphitheater in the Glory Hole Recreation Area. Programs are free of charge, suitable for all ages and do not require reservations. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Outlaws of the Mother Lode

Saturday, August 26, 7:30 p.m.

Join Park Ranger Josh and hear the stories and tall tales of the desperate desperados that ran afoul of the law in the Mother Lode, including Black Bart and Joaquin Murrieta. You can leave your spurs at home, but be sure to bring your enthusiasm for the rich history of the area!

 Calaveras Community Band

Saturday, September 2, 6:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the end of the summer with us! The Calaveras Community Band will be playing all your favorites until the sun goes down. Get up and dance, clap, and sing or just sit back and enjoy the music. Bring the family and enjoy one last summer night! Music begins at 6:30 p.m.

 As a reminder for boaters, invasive Quagga and Zebra mussels pose one of the greatest single threats to New Melones Lake; diminishing water quality, disrupting ecosystems, impeding dam operations, and impacting water recreation – especially boating and fishing. Throughout the United States, lakes and rivers have forever been altered by creatures worthy of science fiction. No invasive mussels are currently present in New Melones. Keeping the lake mussels free is a challenge we all share as a community. During the summer, park rangers will be meeting with fishermen and recreational boaters inside the Tuttletown and Glory Hole Recreation Areas, helping to “spread the message and not the mussel.” For additional information contact Natural Resource Biologist Sam Sosa at 209-536-9094 ext 221 or

If you would like to participate in a program, need accommodation, or have any questions please contact Park Ranger Mike McGraw at 209-536-9094, ext. 233, or email

The New Melones Visitor Center and Museum is managed by Reclamation’s Central California Area Office. Hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information on activities, directions, pet restrictions or other questions, please call 209-536-9543 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit the website at