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Welcome to New Hogan Lake

New Hogan Lake is located in the oak and brush-covered foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The 4,400 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 eight 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.

 Lake Map

30 miles east of Stockton in Valley Springs. 
 Simple map to New Hogan Lake

Mailing Address:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
New Hogan Lake
2713 Hogan Dam Road
Valley Springs, CA 95252

Acorn Campground:
2693 South Petersburg Road
Valley Springs, CA 95252

Oak Knoll Campground:
2321 South Petersburg Road
Valley Springs, CA 95252

Park Headquarters 209-772-1343
Fax 209-772-9352


Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The park is open all year.

Please help us make everyone's visit enjoyable by:

  • Keeping your pets on a 6 ft leash.
  • Keeping fires confined to grills and pits and using only dead and down wood.
  • Maintaining quiet between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Operating vehicles only on designated roads and parking areas provided.
  • Camping only in designated campsites.
  • Helping clean up litter and pet waste.
  • Reporting safety hazards to park personnel.
  • Reading the park rules, copies of which are posted throughout the park.

Camping Reservations

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Recreation at New Hogan Lake

Ranger Programs:
Ranger programs can be scheduled by calling Park Headquarters at 209-772-1343.

Day Use:
Picnic sites are located in Fiddleneck Recreation Area, Wrinkle Cove Day Use Area and Observation Point near Park Headquarters. There are no designated swim beaches or swimming areas.  While Wrinkle Cove is one of the more popular swimming areas, NO lifeguards are provided and all swimming is at your own risk.

Life Jacket Loaner Station:  Life jackets are available to borrow at the Fiddleneck Recreation Area kiosk and Wrinkle Cove Day Use Area. The Fiddleneck station is managed by the park hosts and the Wrinkle Cove station is self service. All sizes are available. Just borrow, use and return!

Camping:  New Hogan Lake offers a total of 177 campsites in its developed campgrounds. Acorn Campground has hot showers and flush toilets while Oak Knoll is more primitive. Coyote Point group camp is also available. To make reservations call toll free 1-877-444-6777 or visit RECREATION.GOV.

 Acorn Campground Map

 Oak Knoll Campground Map

Boat-in camping is available at Deer Flat campground. It has 30 campsites which are available on a first-come first-serve basis from May through September. Boat-in campers can register at the Fiddleneck Recreation Area kiosk or at the Acorn Campground kiosk.

 Deer Flat Campground Map

Whether you prefer waterskiing, fishing, canoeing, sailing, cruising or swimming, New Hogan Lake offers it all! Boat launching is available at four public boat ramps. No marina services or boat fuel are available at this time.


Site April 1-Sept. 30 Oct. 1-March 31 Boat Launch Showers
Acorn Campground $16 Sun -Thurs
$20 Sat-Sun
$16.00 Free w/ Camping $0.50/5 min
Oak Knoll Campground $14.00 CLOSED Free w/ Camping NONE
Coyote Point Group Campground $125.00 $125.00
Deer Flat Boat-In Campground $12.00 CLOSED INCLUDED NONE
Fiddleneck Recreation Area $4.00/DAY USE FEE $4.00/DAY USE FEE INCLUDED N/A
Observation Point Picnic Area RESERVABLE
$50.00-$2,500 N/A N/A
On-Board Camping $12.00 $12.00 INCLUDED N/A
Acorn Dump Station $8.00/PER USE $8.00/PER USE N/A N/A

The Gold Golden Age and Golden Access passport program expired Dec. 31, 2006. However, both passes are still honored as evidence of eligibility for related discounts at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks. Corps parks also honor three of the America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes: the Interagency Senior, Interagency Access and Interagency Military passes. The Corps does not sell or issue these passes.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sells an annual pass for $30. The Corps Annual Pass gives unlimited access to day-use areas at any Corps park for one calendar year, and is sold at all Corps parks.

Find Your Favorite Activities

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The lake offers year-round fishing for stripers, bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish will delight experts
and beginners alike. Some of the best fishing is found in protected coves around the lake.

The Calaveras River is open for fishing from the 4th Saturday in May through March 31.
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. The daily bag limit is two hatchery trout
or two hatchery steelhead.

Fishing licenses are required for anglers over 16 years old.

The "River of Skulls" nature trail is located below the dam at the Monte Vista Recreation Area. Trail guides are available at the trailhead or at Park Headquarters. The area is also a staging area for an eight mile equestrian trail on a scenic loop that winds along the lake and through the foothill chaparral. 

Click here for Equestrian Trail Map

Bicycle trails suitable for the beginner as well as the advanced rider are found on the west side
of the lake. An easy three and one-half trail connects Park Headquarters with Acorn
Campground. A mountain bike trail starting near Coyote Point Group Area is available for
those riders whose skill level is intermediate and advanced. 

Click here for Bike Trail Map

Two 18-basket disc golf courses are available in the Fiddleneck Recreation Area. These courses are known for the challenging terrain.

Click here for Disc Golf Map

The New Hogan area supports a wide variety of wildlife. The foothills location is home to fox,
blacktail deer, coyote, turkey, mountain lion, bobcat, and rattlesnakes to name just a few
of our more common residents. New Hogan is also a wintering home for bald eagles.

The south shore area of the lake has been designated as a wildlife viewing area and
signs with a binocular symbol at the park entrances direct the visitor to this location.

Hunting with bow or shotgun during open season is permitted in certain areas of the lake. Hunting
locations are found outside the developed recreation areas on the south and east sides of the
lake. The park boundary is marked with white 4-foot paddle markers in most areas. Upland game
such as turkey, quail, and dove is available and waterfowl includes a small variety of ducks and
geese. Hunters must comply with California Fish and Game regulations with regard to seasons
and bag limits.

Click here for Hunting Map 

New Hogan Views




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