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Boat launch facilities and day-use recreation areas are open. Use of campgrounds, group picnic shelters and playgrounds is prohibited and the project office remains closed to visitors.

All 2020 camping reservations have been refunded through We are working with our federal, state and local partners to determine a reopening date and want to ensure the public and our staff are as safe as possible. Once we determined a date, visitors will once again be able to make reservation through

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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 8:00 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.

Useful Links:

Rules and Regulations:

Title 36 - Parks, Forests, and Public Property Chapter III - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Part 327 - Rules and regulations governing public use of Water Resources Development Projects administered by the Chief of Engineers.


Every Kid in a Park: 4th graders can get free parks access.

Bobber the Water Safety Dog: Information on water safety for children.

Operation Dry Water: Learn about the dangers of BUI - Boating Under the Influence of alcohol.

National Water Safety Program: Information that could help save your life or the life of someone you care about.

Camping Reservations

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Recreation at New Hogan Lake

NOTICE: Deer Flat Boat-In Campground is closed due to access issues. These issues are affecting our ability to properly maintain the campground, including restroom pumping and trash collection. We will reopen as soon as these issues are resolved.


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 and Wrinkle Cove Day Use Areas. Life jacket loaner stations are self service and all sizes are available. Just borrow, use and return!


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 currently unavailable at Deer Flat Boat-In Campground. 



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.

Fees: Self-pay fee machines have been installed at Observation Point, Fiddleneck and Wrinkle Cove Parks at New Hogan Lake. Please note that the self-pay machines require visitors to pay day-use fees using credit card or debit card only. The machines will issue visitors a receipt to be placed on the vehicle dash as proof of payment.   

Site Cost Open Dates Boat Launch Showers
Acorn Campground  $20  Year Round  Included

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Oak Knoll Campground  $20  May 1 - Labor Day Weekend  Included  None

Coyote Point              Group Campground

 $130  May 1 - September 30  Included  None
Deer Flat Boat-In Campground  $20  Closed  Included  None
Day Use Areas: Fiddleneck, Wrinkle Cove & Observation Point


 Year Round  Included  N/A
Observation Point    Picnic Area  $50 - $2,500  Year Round  N/A  N/A
On-Board Camping  $20  May 1 - Labor Day Weekend  Included  None


The Corps of Engineers participates in the America the Beautiful-Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series. The series includes the; Annual Pass, Annual 4th Grade Pass, Annual Senior Pass, Lifetime Senior Pass, Lifetime Access Pass, Volunteer Pass, and Military Pass. Be sure to pick up your America the Beautiful pass at any of our Corps parks as the money is directly invested back into the facilities to improve your recreational experience. Get more details about the pass series here

The Annual Pass is a onetime purchase of $80. You will have access to all of your favorite Corps parks, and participating federal agencies public lands. The Annual Pass is good for one year from the date of purchase.

Individuals 62 years and older have the choice of purchasing an Annual Senior Pass for $20 which is good for one year from the date of purchase, or a Lifetime Senior Pass for $80, which does not expire. Senior and Access Pass holders also receive a 50 percent discount on campsites at Corps-managed campgrounds.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also sells their Corps Annual Pass for $40. The Corps Annual Pass gives unlimited access to day-use areas at any Corps park for one calendar year at the date of purchase.


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 mile 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 Wildlife regulations with regard to seasons
and bag limits.

Click here for Hunting Map 

New Hogan Views


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