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- Fly-In Acres Lake (<.5 mi, summers only)
It’s just a short trip down the hill to Fly-In Lake, complete with a small sandy beach and floating raft for swimming and playing. It is stocked with fish in the summer for fishing… And don’t forget to watch the geese “fly in” at dusk! Unfortunately no dogs allowed. Bring the Guest Pass on the side of the refrigerator. Download the Summer Recreation Handbook for current pricing (same as Rec Center): http://www.blsha.com/summer-recreation/
- Blue Lake Springs Community Recreation Center (o.5 mi, summers only)
Swimming pool, tennis, basketball, ping pong, shuffleboard, volleyball, bocce ball, small lake with sandy beach/raft, outdoor movies, crafts for kids. No dogs allowed. Bring the Guest Pass on the side of the refrigerator. Download the Summer Recreation Handbook for current pricing & events: http://www.blsha.com/summer-recreation/) 335 Blue Lake Springs Dr, Arnold. 209-795-2357
- Sequoia Woods Country Club (0.5 mi)
18-hole golf course – open 10 months/year. They are happy to let you play as a “prospective” member.
1000 Cypress Point Dr, Arnold. 209-795-1000 (select the option for “Golf Shop”)
- White Pines Lake (3 mi)
Playground, beach, swimming, picnic areas, group BBQ, horseshoe pits, fishing, boating (no motors) and volleyball. No charge. Dogs not allowed on main beach but okay around the lake.
- Big Trees State Park (3.5 mi)
Great examples of giant sequoia redwoods (250’ tall, 30’ across), nice nature/hiking trails for all ages. (Dogs allowed only on fire roads.) See photo on top of “stump” on Photos & Video page. Access to the Stanislaus River in the summer. Snow shoeing, x-country skiing, a small sledding hill and warming hut (with free cocoa!) in the winter.
NE on Hwy 4 (2 mi), entrance on the right. 209-795-2334
- Stanislaus River (3.5 mi)
Fishing, white water rafting (spring only), kayaking, tubing.
Many access points, easiest is via Big Trees State Park. 209-795-2334
O.A.R.S. Whitewater Trips (April-June, flow permitting): 209-736-4677
- Murphys – Gold Rush Town (13 mi)
Charming downtown with shops/restaurants, wine tasting, caverns, horseback riding.
Ironstone Winery (many nice smaller ones in town too): 209-728-1251.
Mercer Caverns: 209-728-2101.
Horse and Barrel horseback riding: 209-728-9333
- Columbia – Gold Rush Town and State Historic Park (26 mi)
Preserved 1850’s main street, carriage rides, old-time photos, panning for gold.
SW on Hwy 4 (14 mi), left on Parrotts Ferry, left on Jackson, 11255 Jackson St, Columbia. 209-536-1672.
Moaning Caverns (on the way to Columbia, 8 miles north): 866-762-2837
- Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (35 mi)
Historic tours plus steam train rides and special events (weekends April-October).
SW on Hwy 4 (19 mi), left on Hwy 49, right on Rawhide, left on Hwy 108, right on 5th on corner of Reservoir Rd (in Jamestown, 4 miles SW of Sonora). 209- 984-3953
- Bear Valley Recreation Area, 7000-8500 ft (30 mi)
Down-hill/x-country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, snow shoeing (click for ski report).
NE on Hwy 4 (24 mi), downhill ski on left, x-country ski on right. 209-753-2301.
Bear Valley Ski Resort (downhill ski, snowboard): 866-550-2827
Rentals (x-country skis, snow shoes, sleds, gear): Sierra Nevada Adventure Co, 209-795-9310
- Lake Alpine (30 mi)
Beautiful large lake with swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, small restaurant/general store at Lodge.
NE on Hwy 4 (25 mi), past Bear Valley, lake on right, lodge on left. 209-795-1381.
Lake Alpine Lodge (boats, canoes, kayaks): 209-753-6350.
Rentals (canoes, kayaks): Sierra Nevada Adventure Co, 209-795-9310.