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Sonora Area Rivers and Lakes

Sonora Area Rivers and Lakes

If your looking for a good spot to go fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, or rock hunting there are lots of lakes and river access spots close to Sonora.  Choose wisely and according to your individual or family’s adventure level as some locations are easily accessed while others may be more apt for the avid outdoors person. Lakes: New Melones Lake has two recreation areas and is located 8 miles south of Angels Camp along Highway 49.  Glory Hole and TuttleTown Recreation Areas are located at New Melones Lake on the Stanislaus River. The 12,500 surface-acre lake is the fifth largest lake in California and is situated along the edge of the Mother Lode, the rich gold vein that prompted the California Gold Rush of 1849. (Day use and camping fees may apply) Don Pedro Lake has numerous recreation and camping areas and is located south west of Sonora on...

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Whats In Sonora California

Whats In Sonora California

Sonora California, Now that your either here in Sonora or perhaps you will be visiting soon here is a list of most everything Sonora has to offer Which of the following will appeal to you? Things to do in Sonora California: • Visit the Farmers market • See a movie at Sonora Regal Cinemas • Go Bowling at Black Oak Casino • Gamble or entertainment at Black Oak Casino • Hike or Bike to Lyons Damn • Visit nearby  Historical Columbia State park • Visit Railtown in nearby Jamestown • Wine Tasting • Ride the  Train • Starbucks (2 locations) • Walk the downtown strip of small shops and restaurants • Hike to table top mountain • Visit the areas lakes and rivers • Visit Cover’s Apple Ranch • Pan for Gold in Columbia or local rivers and streams • Sonora Public Library Shops and Stores in Sonora California:...

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Ski Resorts

Ski Resorts

The Motherlode area is home to both Dodge Ridge and Bear Valley ski areas.  Bear Valley and Dodge both usually open in November and offer ski and snow board enthusiast a variety of trails for all levels of skill from beginner to professional. The Dodge Ridge Ski Resort: is Located in the community of Pinecrest off Highway 108. The resort offers 1,600 vertical feet, 67 runs, 12 lifts and 862 acres of skiable terrain. The Bear Valley Ski Resort is located up highway 4,  the resort offers 1,900 vertical feet 1,680 acres of varied terrain, more than 70 trails, two terrain parks featuring numerous features.  Bear Valley averages over 30 feet of annual snowfall per year.....

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Hiking In The Sonora Region

Hiking In The Sonora Region

Torrey Pines Joshua Tree Death Valley California has a lot to offer in the way of hiking, outdoor recreation and natural beauty, but the hiking trails in the Sonora region are some of the most beautiful trails in the Sierra’s.   The trails in Torrey Pines State Reserve make for good day hikes. Although very close to the ocean, they are located about 300 feet up on a bluff overlooking the north end of La Jolla. This is one of the only places in the world where the Torrey Pine grows, thus the name. There are three loop trails known by the names Parry Grove Trail, Guy Fleming Trail and Broken Hill Trail. They total about a mile and a half, which isn’t particularly long. That being said, you will be stopping all the time to take in the views and a mass of birds. To get to the...

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