New Melones Lake
The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, will waive day use fees at New Melones Lake for all visitors on Saturday, Sept. 28. New Melones Lake is located approximately 8 miles (13 km) north of Sonora and 6 miles (9 km) south of Angels Camp, Calif.As part of the NPLD celebration, Reclamation will host an invasive plant removal and native plant beautification event at the New Melones Lake Recreation Area from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers may also visit the lake’s new green house where some of the native plants were grown and learn about New Melones’ efforts to promote ecosystem conservation, reduce waste, expand recycling, conserve energy and develop partnerships and children’s programs. Reclamation is seeking volunteers to assist with this event. Volunteers will receive a “fee-free day” coupon, which provides free entry to any federal public land for one day, no matter which agency. Volunteers will also be entered into a raffle to win prizes. The public, organizations and local businesses are invited to participate.