RECREATION USE ON PUBLIC LANDS
Why is this important?
Measuring recreational use on various public lands provides data to assist in long-term planning for local businesses, government agencies, and political decision-makers. Use of specific public land area also provides "big picture" information to better understand traffic patterns, seasonal differences in visitation, and other potential impacts.
What is the measure?
This indicator looks at annual estimated visitor counts using our public lands.
How are we doing?
Residents and millions of visitors use public lands in Tuolumne County to ski, hike, fish, hunt, boat, ride horses, watch wildlife, camp, and mountain climb. The public land use areas most frequented include Yosemite National Park, the Stanislaus National Forest, Don Pedro Reservoir, New Melones Reservoir, and Red Hills.
Yosemite National Park is one of America’s most desirable destinations for visitors. On any busy summer weekend, more than 20,000 people visit Yosemite Valley.
The Stanislaus National Forest offers a wide range of recreational opportunities, with three wilderness areas covering over 200,000 acres and 40 miles of "wild and scenic" rivers. It also includes campgrounds, recreational residences, major ski areas, roads, reservoirs, high country lakes, and motorized and non-motorized trails.
New Melones is managed by the Bureau of Reclamation. The reservoir and surrounding lands provide a full service marina and store, boat rentals, boat launch ramps, beaches, campgrounds, and an informative visitor center.
Lake Don Pedro offers marinas, boat launch ramps, trailer pads, campsites, and a wide range of boating, camping, and swimming options.
Red Hills is public land near the historic town of Chinese Camp. Visitors enjoy hiking, horseback riding, nature study, seasonal wildflowers, rare species of plants and wildlife.