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New Hogan Lake, 4,400 surface acres, providing flood protection, irrigation and recreation to the city of Stockton
Copyright: - US Army Corps of Engineers
New Hogan Lake, 4,400 surface acres, providing flood protection, irrigation and recreation to the city of Stockton
Description - New Hogan Lake is located in the oak and brush-covered foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The 4,400 surface acre lake was created in 1964 with the completion of New Hogan Dam. When full, the lake has 50 miles of shoreline and extends nearly 8 miles upstream to the confluence of the north and south forks of the Calaveras River. The dam provides flood protection to the city of Stockton and water for irrigation, drinking and hydroelectric power.

Attractions - The park is open all year. New Hogan offers 189 campsites in its three developed campgrounds. Acorn East and Acorn West have hot showers and flush toilets while Oak Knoll is more primitive. A group campground is also available at Coyote Point.

Boat launching is available at the Acorn East Recreation Area. Year-round fishing for stripers, bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Picnic sites are located in Fiddleneck Day Use Area and at the New Hogan Dam Observation Point near the Park Headquarters. Wrinkle Cove is a popular swimming area.

The "River of Skulls" hiking trail is located below the dam at the Monte Vista Recreation Area. Stop by the park office for a trail guide. Bicycle trails are available for a variety of skill levels. A map of the trails can be obtained at Park Headquarters Golden Age and Golden Access passports are accepted for a 50% discount on single unit fees.

Recreation - Recreations include dam tours, ranger programs, camping, group camping, water sports, picnicking, swimming, bicycling, mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding.

Climate - A generally warm, dry climate prevails in the Central Valley; it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Central Valley precipitation falls mainly from October through April. Winter temperatures dip below freezing producing frost, however, snow is very rare. Summer temperatures above 100 degrees are part of the normal pattern.

Location - New Hogan Lake is 30 miles east of Stockton near Valley Springs. A Map is available above on this wildernet.com pagae.

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Filed By: John (Valley Sprgs, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Bring shade and bottled water on ice to drink. Boy is it hot! Sparse vegetation here in the foothills. There is NO MARINA ! Buy supplies b-4 you come or in Valley Springs 10 min. drive away. Day Use fee is $4.00 Golden Age and Access passes have been replaced by the America the Beautiful Pass program. Low lake levels- watch for submerged land masses and rocks!

Filed By: Mike Rinsamout (Ceres, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is in reply to the gentlemen that reportidly seen a huge fish. Though I did not see the fish or what ever the creature may be I did encounter somthing intresting. It is currently the year 2007 but about 8 years ago I was out fishin late at night at the lake and I came upon a dead rattle snake about 3 foot long. I then threw it into the lake around the area I was fishing. Keep in mind it is very dark and I had a powerful flash light with me, as I sat there fishin I could flash my light out at the lake and see the snake I threw out there floating about 20 to 30 feet away. I continue fishing and in the mean while I hear a real loud splash like someone jumped off from a boat into the water. So as I put the light up to shine in the direction i heard the splash which was in teh area the snake was floating I saw the ripples of the water and there were no signs of the snake I threw in there. Big fish? maybe monster? maybe but the purpose of this was to share my experience with the gentlemen who spotted a real big fish I could only think of a sturgeon to be that size.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: While camping overnight on an island at Hogan Lake, I saw a huge fish that's beyond explanation swimming close to the surface with its tree-like dorsal fins exposing. I was scared to death to see such a big fish that i thought it was a sea monster. the size of its body was equal to a school bus. Please, if anyone has seen or has more information about this fish, let me know because I would like to know more about it too.

Filed By: rule susanti (rancho cordova, ca)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I've never been there but i'm sure its nice.HAHAHA!

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Very dry and hot. The best thing about this lake is that the parking pads are good for camping on Acorn East for RVs. Also, if you have any personal watercraft, such as jet skiis or boats, you can leave them in the water overnight and don't have to take them our during your camping trip. Otherwise, it's a great skiing lake, but there is little shade. Each site does have a table and metal pole for lanterns, and also a bbq/fire pit. It's a great place for group camping since the sites are somewhat close to each other.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: The area around the lake is barren - very little vegetation and few trees - so the campgrounds and picnic areas have no privacy or shade. However, if you have water vehicles it's a big lake good for that purpose.

More Information

Contact Information:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Hogan Lake, 2713 Hogan Dam Road , Valley Springs, CA, 95252, Phone: 209-772-1343, Fax: 209-772-9352
, newhogan-info@spk.usace.army.mil

Additional Information:
California Lakes and Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs described here range from huge reservoirs to small mountain lakes. The lakes are often part of large recreation areas, National Forests or State Parks.
Central Valley Region - California's breadbasket, the great Central Valley, stretches for 450 miles down the center of the state, from Willows to Bakersfield. This region includes culturally diverse communities, historic sites, exceptional outdoor recreation, abundant wildlife and the California Delta.
Gold Country Region - The Gold Country Region lies in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada. With its remnants of the gold rush era, pastoral towns, Sierra foothills, recreational and cultural activities, this region is filled with opportunities.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Official agency website.


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