The Story Under the Lake

The Story Under the Lake (HMLOC)

Location: Sonora, CA 95370 Bucks County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 0.234', W 120° 29.267'

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New Melones Lake

The body of water you see before you, known as New Melones Lake, is formed by the building of the New Melones Dam. The 625-foot high earth-fill dam was completed in 1979 by the Army Corp of Engineers. A man-made reservoir, the lake hosts a variety of year-round recreational activities from boating, to water-skiing, to fishing.

When full, the lake also covers the former town of Melones with over 100 feet of water. The townsite is located just northeast of the Stevenot Bridge on Highway 49 between Sonora and Angels Camp. Once the largest nineteenth and early twentieth-century settlement in the area, the town of Melones was situated on the Calaveras County side of the Stanislaus River, just below the gold-rich Carson Hill.
Placed ByU.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 1:22am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 720571 N 4209226
Decimal Degrees38.00390000, -120.48778333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 0.234', W 120° 29.267'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 0' 14.04" N, 120° 29' 16.02" W
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Area Code(s)209
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 15 S State St, Sonora CA 95370, US
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