Why is this important?
Approximately 76.5% of Tuolumne County’s
1,458,121 acres are public lands. Measuring
recreational use on these 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
What is the Measure?
This chart identifies agencies responsible
for administering recreation facilities and
an estimate of annual visitor use.
How are we doing?
Residents and millions of visitors use public
lands in Tuolumne Country 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,
Stanislaus National Forest, Lake Don Pedro,
and New Melones Reservoir.
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 recreational 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 is managed by the Turlock Irrigation
District and offers marinas, boat launch ramps,
trailer pads, campsites, and a wide range of
boating, camping and swimming options.