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Halloween Happenings At New Melones
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A couple of special spooky-themed programs for Halloween are being offered through the Bureau of Reclamation at New Melones Lake. All activities are free and suitable for all ages; most do not require reservations.

Make plans now to attend either or both of these special events.

Things That Go Bump In The Night, Saturday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m. at New Melones Lake Visitor Center.

Halloween is near, now is the time to discover “things that go bump in the night.” Join Park Ranger Mike for a special peek inside the Visitor Center and take a short journey down the Norwegian Gulch trail. Children of all ages are welcome. We will meet at the New Melones Lake Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather as things might be a bit “chilling.” A flashlight is required.

Creepy Crawlies of Natural Bridges, Sunday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. at Natural Bridges.

Come out for a hike to discover some of the “scary” critters at New Melones Lake. Find out about their importance to our ecosystem and why they’re really not scary at all. We will bring along microscopes to examine some of the creepy crawlies we find along the way. This is a moderate-to-strenuous hike, two miles roundtrip; participants may return uphill on their own. Please bring water and snacks and wear shoes appropriate for hiking. We will meet at the Natural Bridges Trailhead parking lot off of Parrotts Ferry Road at 10 a.m. Dogs are not allowed on the Natural Bridges trail.

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult for these programs.


The New Melones Visitor Center and Museum is managed by Reclamation’s Central California Area Office and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information on activities, directions, pet restrictions or other questions, call 209-536-9543 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit the New Melones Lake website at