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5 Reasons to visit Tuolumne County this Spring

April 2, 2018 | Mackenzie Rodgers

Tuolumne County sings a song of spring as the flower covered, green earth and snow melt filled rivers come to life with opportunities of adventure. We’ve put together a list of some seasonal musts that will have you booking your flight, packing the car, and making the trip.

1. Walkin’ in Wildflowers: Sunny spring days are meant to be spent on the trails. At Westside Trail in Tuolumne, wildflowers happily make an appearance along this gorgeous gold country canyon. Walk along a historic railroad grade and take in views of a floral hillside. Table Mountain Trail in Jamestown takes hikers to lava rock overtaken by native wildflowers and unmatched views of New Melones Lake.

2. Events for Everyone: When you think California, do you think wine? Get the full fine wine and dine experience in Columbia State Historic Park at the Wine Tasting Event in Columbia. With over 30 wineries and partners, you won’t want to miss this annual event.Ever witnessed bull riding? How about barrel racing up close? This ain’t our first Mother Lode Roundup Rodeo, but it could be yours. Giddy-up with the locals for one heck of an All-American weekend that wouldn’t be complete without a Mother’s Day parade in Historic Downtown Sonora.

3. The Green Outdoors: Now’s the perfect time to get outside and experience seasonal beauty. Dragoon Gulch Trail is a conveniently located trail in Sonora’s downtown area- perfect for bike riding or just a leisure walk along the shaded creek side. Spend a day on the green in Groveland at the Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course. Located just outside of Yosemite National Park, this picturesque place will have your followers green with envy at the sight of your latest social media post.

4. Historic Discoveries: History comes to life in the spring at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park for their Wildflower Train Rides through the foothills of Yosemite. Columbia State Historic Park welcomes a reenactment weekend camp out called “Columbia Diggins.” Parade around the state park wearing your best western costume and converse with interesting gold rush era prospectors.

5. Farmers’ Markets: May through October is Saturday morning magic at the Farmers’ Market in Historic Downtown Sonora. Join the locals for a time of blissful busyness, as fresh produce, baked goods, and coffee bring life to a downtown parking lot from 7:30am-11:30am. For year round shopping, check out the indoor hub for all things produce, at the Columbia Farmory. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays 11am-5pm for a variety of vendors and yummy goods.

 

Visit www.VisitTuolumne.com to find lodging, including quaint B&Bscabins and more, for your trip to Tuolumne County.

Winter Getaway Inspiration

March 2, 2018 | Jen Lopez

 by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator

Our locals have been captivated by High Sierra winters since 1850. Now, it’s your turn to come explore Tuolumne County’s variety of activities.

Ice Skating in a Historic Lodge
Located just off of Highway 108 is Long Barn Lodge, a hidden gem destination that stands out for its 49er roots and mountaineering spirit. Once an actual barn built to house miners’ mules in the gold rush winters, this Lodge is now a beautiful ice rink. Just lace up some skates and GO.
Tell them we sent you for a $1 off your skate rental!

Local Gourmet Dining
Nearby, in the quiet little mountain town of Twain Harte, is eco-friendly dining at Cibo’s. Enjoy the ambiance of this green restaurant that values local food and decor made of recycled backyard based wood elements. Up for some wood fired pizza? Mia’s, in Long Barn, is known for their wood-fired pizza and local beers on tap.

Winter Wonderland Walks
Dress warm and hit the Sugar Pine Rail Trail from Twain Harte to Lyons Reservoir. This fairly flat, 10 mile round trip trail is packed with vista views and evergreens. This season, it is a winter wonderland for walkers, bikers, equestrians, and -weather permitting- cross country skiers.

Nearby Snowy Slopes
Winter adventure awaits at Leland High Sierra Snowplay. Here, you’ll the biggest and snow play facility in the Sierra! All tubes included with lift tickets. After several thrilling runs, some hot chocolate in the dining area with family and friends is the cherry on top of a lively snow day.

Hidden Mountain Stay
Stay centrally located to outdoor recreation at The Cabins at Strawberry. This year-round woodland getaway neighbors lakes, hikes, and forest views.

In Twain Harte, the mountain town hub of our Upper Highway 108, you’ll find with dining, recreational trails, and quaint boutiques, within walking distance. and enjoy a relaxing retreat at one of the area’s vacation cabins.

Visit www.VisitTuolumne.com for more inspirational activities and to find lodging, including quaint B&Bs, cabins and more, for your trip to Tuolumne County.

Teen Travel Inspiration

February 21, 2018 | Jen Lopez

By Katie Kirkland, Communications and Tourism Manager and Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator

Instant adventure is found where Yosemite National Park, High Sierra mountains, and Historic Gold Country meet. Tuolumne County’s incredible outdoors and pioneer culture have inspired travel of all ages since its founding in 1850.

Paddle boarding is a new craze and Pinecrest Lake offers a beginner’s version. With rentals nearby and yoga classes in the mornings, they’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture their adventures and go viral with inspiration. Teens can relax after their day on the lake with a movie under a sea of stars at Pinecrest Amphitheater.

Seeking a thrill? How about white-knuckle whitewater rafting? OARS, one of several local rafting companies, offers guided tours along the Tuolumne River near Yosemite National Park. These fun-packed tours give teens a chance to explore and connect with nature with just the right amount of catered spoiling each evening.

For those star-struck teens, Tuolumne County’s live theatre at Sierra Repertory Theatre will bring out their inner hipster appreciation for all things old school. In need of some fresh mountain air? Enjoy a different kind of night out where there are swoon-worthy stars all around, just look up to the night sky in the High Sierra.

Visit www.VisitTuolumne.com for more selfie-taking opportunities and to find lodging, including quaint B&Bs, cabins and more, for your trip to Tuolumne County.

Tuolumne County Wine and Cider Tasting

December 22, 2017 | admin
Gianelli Vineyard

There is no doubt California is known for it’s amazing wine country. What you might not know is you can experience a little slice of California Wine Country right here in Tuolumne County.  If you are a wine connoisseur or just someone who loves enjoying a glass of award-winning wine or cider after a hike in a breathtaking location, then you are in for a real treat. Whether you’re exploring Yosemite National Park, Gold Country or the High Sierra, you will want to pencil in a stop at one or all of our area’s wonderful tasting rooms and wineries.

In Tuolumne County…Gianelli Vineyards Tasting Room in Jamestown

Gianelli Vineyards
This family vineyard has long history steeped in wine. Because of their strong ties to Italy, the owners Ron and Lorie have created a little piece of Italy right in here California. As their winery and vineyards continue to thrive, their hope is to educate their fellow vintners and the public about the wonderful, expressive character of Italian varietals grown here in the Sierra Foothills.
Tasting room located in Jamestown, CA.

Inner Sanctum CellarsInner Sanctum Cellars Tasting Room in Jamestown
From the bountiful foothills of Tuolumne County comes a  limited and premium wine. Inspired by the Gianelli Family, owners Karen and Pete ensure Inner Sanctum is driven by lasting friendships, deep family roots and the creation of remarkable wines.
Tasting room located in Jamestown, CA.

Hurst Ranch
A wine tasting experience doesn’t get more unique than indulging in the railroad station from Clint Eastwood’s movie, “The Unforgiven” which is situated on site, which happens to be where Grizzly Adams once lived! At Hurst Ranch Supply in Jamestown, their grapes are all grown on site where the vineyard gets a perfect balance of hot, bright sunshine and the sustainable farming techniques produce a low-yielding and exceptionally high quality grape.

Indigeny Reserve
There is something else we have been keeping secret – Cider Tasting! Indigeny Reserve is family owned cider distillery that serves up a mean hard cider, flavored vodka and apple brandy. The family has created a beautiful park-like setting visitors to tour the orchard, enjoy a picnic, or stroll one of the half mile hiking trails.
Tasting room located in Sonora, CA.Yosemite Cellars in Groveland

Yosemite Cellars
Eleven years ago owners, Cheryl and Ron began a journey to grow wine grapes and produce wine from an untested area of the Sierra Foothills at 3000′ elevation. Located in Groveland, California, Yosemite Cellars offers wines made exclusively from their estate vineyard located near the scenic grandeur of Yosemite National Park.
Tasting available in Groveland, CA

Near Tuolumne County…

Ironstone Vineyards
John Kautz started the legacy of Ironstone Vineyards back in 1948, with just 12 acres of acres of grapes. That small plot eventually grew to over 5,000 acres and earned John the “2012 Grower of the Year” By the California Association of Winegrape Growers. Ironstone takes its name from the impossibly hard schist and limestone formations from which the winery’s foundation and companion caverns were blasted and drilled.  In 1989, the Kautz family assembled a crew of professional miners to blast, pick and shovel their way through the solid limestone and schist rock hillside of his wife Gail’s family ranch in Murphys, California.  Now Ironstone is one of the largest winery entertainment complexes in California.

Twisted Oak Winery
Featuring award-winning wines made from Spanish and Rhone native varieties grown in Calaveras County. Winery and tasting room in Vallecito open daily. Enjoy wines, vineyards, views. Not to mention the 300+ year-old California Blue Oak – “The” Twisted Oak, and the Rubber Chicken National Forest. Murphys tasting room open daily.

If you are visiting Tuolumne County you won’t want to miss our unique California wine and cider experience. Try one, or try them, we know you will not be disappointed.

Visit www.VisitTuolumne.com to find lodging, including quaint B&Bs, cabins and more, for your trip to Tuolumne County.

Tuolumne County is the Bay Area’s Closest Snow Play

December 20, 2017 | Jen Lopez
Dodge Ridge Ski Resort

 by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator

Just 2.5 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area, Tuolumne County is full of winter activities fit for both extreme and leisurely adventures.

Dodge Ridge Ski Resort1. Dodge Ridge Ski Resort has winter fun for everyone! With 61 runs, 12 lifts, 1,600 vertical feet, 3 dining facilities, rental equipment and superb adult/children learn-to-ski or ride programs, this ski park will make Tuolumne County your new favorite winter destination. Bring the family and spend time together in the recently added Family Lodge, with cozy bistro and let them play in the expanded children’s snow sports center with preschool snow play program. Don’t want to drive in the snow? Take the Ski Bus from Sonora and ride to the snow.

2. Leland High Sierra Snowplay is the exciting chill thrill you’ve been longing for. 15 acres of tubing terrain for every age makes ours the biggest and best snow play facility in the Sierra! A full-service lift-served snow park with a brand new “magic carpet” and two tows to take you to the top! All tubes included with lift tickets. Dining facilities are there too.

3. Long Barn Ice Skating Rink is Highway 108’s locals-favorite for ice skating in the winter time. Increase your elevation, bundle up and feel the historic family tradition beneath your skates at Long Barn Lodge Ice Skating Rink and Event Center for ice skating. Families have been coming to this rink for generations, which was once an actual barn housing miners’ mules during winters. This Lodge is a one of a kind holiday experience fit for hot chocolate sipping and fun-filled skating.

4. Yosemite’s Tuolumne Grove is transformed in the winter, so it’s the perfect time to explore Yosemite in a new way: on snowshoes! Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias is a quieter destination on the outskirts of Yosemite. This 2.5 mile round trip is the perfect winter wonderland adventure. The hike features iconic trees like the Tunnel Tree and the Red Giant, among many others. Be sure to stop at Yosemite Adventure Supplies in Groveland before your trip to rent a pair of snowshoes fit for the experience ahead.

5. Below the snow is a plethora of options for winter fun, minus the white stuff. Experience historic Gold Country on an authentic stagecoach ride at Columbia State Historic Park. Taste local wine and cider, shop in unique stores, visit fascinating museums or see a live theater performance. Tuolumne County has something fun for everyone!

Visit www.VisitTuolumne.com to find lodging, including quaint B&Bs, cabins and more, for your trip to Tuolumne County.

MUST DO Experiences in Tuolumne County

December 8, 2017 | Jen Lopez

 by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator

  1. Bike to Lyons Reservoir: The Sugar Pine Interpretive Trail from Twain Harte to Lyons Reservoir is a friendly 4.8-mile trail of fairly flat terrain perfect for anyone to ride. Originally part of the Sugar Pine Railway used for logging, this historic trail will take you through a beautifully forested area featuring views of the South Fork Stanislaus River Canyon with the destination being Lyons Reservoir.
  2. Yoga on Table Mountain: Table Mountain draws hikers, climbers, and yogis alike for it’s unique to California, tabletop-like volcanic plateau formation. The trailhead is located at the end of Shell Rd. in Jamestown. This rewarding hike’s destination is well worth the switch-backs and the views are truly serene! Best hiked in the spring and fall, this destination is a local favorite and overlooks the beautiful New Melones Lake. It is a perfect place to let go of life’s stressors and find relaxation in nature.
  3. Sleep in a Yosemite Cabin: If a classic Yosemite experience is on your bucket list, then a cozy cabin is the best way to go. Find accommodations of all sizes along highway 120 in Groveland. Find serenity apart from the crowds and discover the cabin escape you’ve been longing for. Some of our picks include: Evergreen Lodge, Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging, Inn at Sugar Pine Ranch, Yosemite Lakes RV Resort, Sunset Inn-Yosemite Cabins and more.
  4. Discover your inner 49er at Columbia State Historic Park: This Wild West reenactment paradise will take you back in time to a much simpler era. Columbia State Historic Park offers walking tours, gold panning, stagecoach rides, excellent theatre, and unique dining. Try locally made sarsaparilla in an old saloon or have a tea party at a quaint tea house -there is fun for everyone. See their list of scheduled events to plan a trip around activities like a patriotic parade or even a ghost tour adventure!
  5. Take a train ride through the foothills near Yosemite: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown is your place for gold rush locomotive history and scenic train rides. Take a ride on the “Movie Star Train” that has been featured in many western films and even Back to the Future III. Take in the scenic beauty of the surrounding foothills. Although train rides occur on weekends April through October, there are special runs over winter holiday weekends. For best time of year to visit, we recommend springtime for their Wildflower Train rides. Learn about many flowers native to the region and witness a hillside super bloom like no other.
  6. Hike in the Giant Sequoias:  Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias is a quieter destination on the outskirts of Yosemite. This 2.5-mile round trip from near Crane Flat is a great year-round adventure for hiking. The trail features iconic trees like the Tunnel Tree and the Red Giant, among many others. If you’re planning your trip in the winter and the conditions are permitting, be sure to stop at Yosemite Adventure Supplies in Groveland to get a pair of snowshoes fit for the experience ahead.
  7. Kayak on Pinecrest Lake: Explore Pinecrest Lake and ignite your inner adventurer. Located in Tuolumne County’s High Sierra, this mountain lake is best experienced from the water. Bring your own kayak or rent one when you get there! The Pinecrest Lake Marina is open seasonally from late-April to mid-October (weather permitting) and has kayak rentals for affordable prices by the hour! Never been? The ‘Dock Crew’ is super friendly and always happy to give a quick overview on how to not flip your kayak over.

Visit our website to discover more things to do #OnlyInTuolumneCounty.

Visit www.VisitTuolumne.com to find lodging, including quaint B&Bs, cabins and more, for your trip to Tuolumne County.

Tuolumne County’s Top 12 Unique Gift Ideas for the Holidays

November 20, 2017 | Jen Lopez

by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator

If you’re looking for the perfect gift that you’ll only find in Tuolumne County, we’ve got your “nice” list covered.

  1. Tickets to a Theatre Performance: Sierra Repertory Theatre does year-round live theatre performances! Give the gift of entertainment this holiday.
  2. Paint a Gift: Take a class at Brush and Cork and create a masterpiece worth giving or gift a class.
  3. Stocking Stuffers: Find a unique pair of socks for a special someone at Jimtown Sock Co. Gift something simple, silly, and cozy!
  4. Mile High Apple Pie: There’s nothing like a sweet gift certificate to Cover’s Apple Ranch.
  5. Timeless Wine: A great gift for your favorite wino! Support a local industry and try Inner Sanctum Cellars, Gianelli Vineyards, or Yosemite Cellars.
  6. An Ionic Foot Soak: There’s nothing like a New Year’s cleanse! Give the gift of a relaxing afternoon at Amala Detox and Tea Lounge.
  7. Something Romantic: Sonora Jewelry Design has everything you need to make this holiday season an unforgettable one.
  8. Frozen in Time: What’s not to love about an old western style photo taken at Kamice’s Photographic Establishment at Columbia State Historic Park? Get creative and make it memorable by channeling your personalities into characters that might have lived in the Wild West.
  9. A New Secret Recipe: Find unique cookbooks for cabin living, camping, or how to make the perfect s’more at Mountain Home Gifts.
  10. A Night’s Stay: Give a getaway to a cozy B&B, Cabin, or Lodge! See a list of great lodging in the Places to Stay section of our website.
  11. Local Decor: Have a special spot of a place full of memories? Find Tuolumne County locations on locally designed wooden signs at Sonora Trading Post.
  12. An Extreme Gift: Make the most of the snow and give an Annual Ski Pass to Dodge Ridge Ski Resort. Have they always wanted to learn how to ski or snowboard? Gift them with lessons to make their winter dream come true!

#BeLocal #OnlyinTuolumneCounty

Ways to Play on a Rainy Day in Tuolumne County

November 8, 2017 | Jen Lopez

by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator

The rain will go away, but in the meantime, here are some things to help you enjoy your stay.

1.  Shop Like a Local
Don’t let the rain stop you from exploring the ins and outs of the historic towns of Sonora, Jamestown and Columbia. Wander collectable, antique shops, or browse for the perfect rain coat in one of the many unique boutiques. Explore the inside of Sonora’s iconic historic buildings that date back to the late 1800’s. Legend’s has a cozy underground cave-like book store that is perfect for a midday escape from the rain with a peek at an actual gold mine.

2. Play a Few Frames
Nestled in the hills of the town of Tuolumne, Black Oak Casino Resort has an excellent family floor that showcases a 24-lane Brunswick Bowling Center. It is open daily, and don’t miss their local renowned Cosmic Bowling Friday and Saturday nights. Make the experience complete with a try at some of the many games at their newly renovated arcade and an all-American meal at their Mill Sports Grill.

3. Support the Artists
Get a taste of the Northern Californian culture by wandering through the art galleries of Historic Downtown Sonora. Join the artists themselves in celebration of the traditional year-round 2nd Saturday Art Night on Washington Street where live music, small shops, and artists of all sorts make their debut.

4. Taste Tuolumne
Put something warm in your belly and challenge the spirits at Indigeny Reserve. Try their organic hard cider and spirits in a welcoming tasting room surrounded by organic apple orchards. Go for wine tasting on Main Street in Jamestown and sip local indoors. Pull up a seat at The Bourbon Barrel, known for their selection of over 150 bourbons and whiskeys and their unique twist to traditional cocktails. Try local wine or craft beer, and enjoy the ambiance of Sonora’s Gold Rush history.

If you prefer coffee or tea, get comfortable and enjoy a warm beverage and fun conversation in the warm parlor at Mountain Sage Cafe and Nursery.

5. See a Show
The sky is gray, so spend the afternoon at a matinee. In Columbia State Historic Park, the Fallon House Theatre dates to 1859 and has been handsomely renovated. The Sierra Repertory Theatre produces superior musicals, comedies, and dramas year-round.

6. Go on a Museum Tour
Tuolumne County is rich with history and there’s no better place to get informed about the Wild West than from experts themselves. The extensive and fascinating Tuolumne County Museum and History Center is located in the old jail of Downtown Sonora and the nearby Firehouse Museum and Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum, or the Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum in Groveland will leave you feeling educated and motivated to explore more of Tuolumne County.

7. Detox and De-stress
Get inspired as the rain cleanses the earth, and refresh your body at Amala Detox and Tea Lounge. A rainy day calls for hot tea and a nice foot soak; you can get both at this centrally located lounge. Take some time to treat yourself at D&D Nails, a spa fit for any afternoon. Relax in the cleanliness of their locally owned salon and engage in the banter of small town gossip. With seasonal specials and offers, these locations welcome drop-ins and make for a relaxing afternoon on the town.

8. Take a Chance
Saving for a rainy day? What are you waiting for! Spend some time indoors and try your luck at one of two casinos in Tuolumne County. Black Oak Casino Resort in the town of Tuolumne will help you make the most of your great indoor experience, and Chicken Ranch Casino, with slots and Bingo, is conveniently located just off of Highway 108 in Jamestown.

9. Lace Up Some Tradition
Increase your elevation, bundle up, and feel the historic family tradition beneath your skates at Long Barn Lodge Ice Skating Rink and Event Center for ice skating. Families have been coming to this rink for generations, once an actual barn housing miners’ mules during winters, on Highway 108. Open seasonally November 17 through March 18, there is no better place for an indoor chill thrill on a rainy day.

Visit www.VisitTuolumne.com to find lodging, including quaint B&Bs, cabins and more, for your trip to Tuolumne County.

 

 

Girlfriend’s Getaway in Tuolumne County

August 28, 2017 | Jen Lopez

by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator

Need to get away with your BFFs? Hiking, drinking, and laughing? Tuolumne County has a little bit of everything you could want. Did you know that Tuolumne County makes up over 50% of Yosemite National Park? And let me tell ya, there’s nothing like a 4-mile hike to Wapama Falls in Hetch Hetchy at Yosemite National Park to forget about the world’s problems.

Release Your Free Radicals
Soak your tired feet in a cleansing detoxing tub and sweat it out in the chromatherapy sauna at Amala Detox and Tea Lounge in Historic Downtown Sonora. Amala showcases tea tailored to soothe your ailments, infrared sauna and esthetician services.

Retail Therapy
With a newfound spring in your step, browse high end boutiques and antique shops, as well as art galleries and local gift shops. Find fun soaps and home accessories Mountain Home Gifts and take a piece of Tuolumne County home with you. And, come say when you’re here, since we’re here too (at 193 South Washington St.)

Wine and Cider Tasting
On your way back from Yosemite? Stop in Groveland at Yosemite Cellars to taste complex wines grown from grapes right here at the vineyard. Jamestown boasts two great places to hang out and sip unusual wines: Inner Sanctum Cellars and Gianelli Vineyards. Down the road in Sonora, Indigeny Reserve offers tours and tastings of their legendary local cider and spirits. Picnic in their organic apple orchard and walk it off on their well-maintatined trails.

Lively Theatre
Within the Columbia State Historic Park, the Fallon House theatre dates to1859 and has been handsomely renovated. The Sierra Repertory Theatre produces musicals, comedies, and dramas year-round.

Creativity Unleashed
Get it out of your head, get it on paper. With paint. Brush and Cork supplies you with everything you need for an expressive night of wild inspiration. Everyone can be an artist with their easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Leave your inner critic at the door.

High Sierra Yoga Adventures
Mountain Om Yoga hosts seasonal retreats around the county at venues like Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station and Emigrant Wilderness Lake. Combine yoga with day hikes, camping under the stars on the Stanislaus National Forest or backcountry horseback riding.

 

Visit www.VisitTuolumne.com to find lodging, including quaint B&Bs, cabins and more, for your perfect girls trip to Tuolumne County.

Cast Your Line in Tuolumne County

August 3, 2017 | admin
Fly fishing Kennedy Meadows

It’s a fisherman’s paradise in Tuolumne County.  From the alpine lakes of the High Sierra to the foothill reservoirs to the Tuolumne River, they’re the perfect spots for anglers of all experience and variety. Fishing the Emigrant Wilderness lets you get off the beaten path, take in the breath-taking beauty of the High Sierra and keep yourself supplied in fish dinners for your trip. You can also fish on the Stanislaus National Forest and in Yosemite National Park, there are plenty of water ways to test your skill.

With so many locations to choose from we thought we’d give you a good starter list. We are sure these spots will get you hooked!

Yosemite

Hetch Hetchy
If you have a hankering to do some fishing in Yosemite, Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is calling your name. It’s not generally a place you think of fishing, but nestled in the northwest corner of Yosemite National Park, you are not only sure to reel in a beauty, but you’ll surely be awed by the beauty surrounding you. No swimming or boating is allowed in the reservoir but cast your line year-round!

Tuolumne River fishing in YosemiteTuolumne River
The Tuolumne River meanders through Yosemite’s spectacular alpine meadows and high country landscape. This is the ultimate for relaxing trout fishing once Highway 120 (Tioga Pass) opens for the season through November 15th.

High Sierra

Pinecrest Lake
Located just 30 miles outside of Sonora along Highway 108, Pinecrest Lake is a traditional favorite for of fishing and recreation! The lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout. You can fish from the accessible pier or the shore or launch your boat. In addition to catching your fill of trout, there’s also camping, swimming and a 4-mile hiking trail around the lake.

If camping isn’t quite your style you can enjoy a cabin or a townhouse at Pinecrest Lake Resort. The adjacent marina has paddle boats, kayaks, party boats, sailboats and motorized fishing boats for rent.

Fly fishing Kennedy MeadowsStanislaus and Tuolumne Rivers
Not only are Tuolumne County’s rivers beautiful, but they’re also swarming with wild and stocked trout just waiting to bite at the end of your line. Check the Stanislaus National Forest’s website for some spots along Hwy 108 or Hwy 120.

Gold Country

Lake Don Pedro
Set amongst the rolling foothills of the Tuolumne County countryside, Lake Don Pedro is open to fishing year-round. Cast your line for several bass, land-locked salmon and trout species, to name a few. For the first time, Lake Don Pedro will be one of the locations of the 2018 Wild West Bass Trail Tournament in March. Watch VisitTuolumne.com or our Facebook page for details as the event gets closer. Two marinas, campgrounds and swimming and picnic areas make the lake a great spot for the whole family.

New Melones Lake
The lake is most noted for its small and large mouth bass, but you’ll also find salmon, crappie, trout, catfish and blue gills. Try your luck in one of the many fishing tournaments held at the lake throughout the year. Check out the Bureau of Land Management’s page on Fishing at New Melones Lake for more detailed information.

After fishing you can take in the flora and fauna of the area on one the many trails. There is plenty of camping and the marina offers houseboat, patio boat and water toy rentals to double the fun you can have at the lake.

Guided fishing trip in Tuolumne CountyGuides

Yosemite Fly Fishing Guide
Let Yosemite Fly Fishing Guide service put together a private, customized fishing trip in Yosemite National Park. With over 1,300 miles of the rivers, creeks and streams within the park boundaries, Yosemite offers an epic array of opportunities to cast your line.

ECHO Adventure Cooperative
ECHO Adventure Cooperative offers family, introductory and experienced catch and release fly-fishing excursions in Yosemite and in the Tuolumne River watershed.

Visit www.VisitTuolumne.com for more information on all there is to see and do and to find lodging in Tuolumne County.