New Melones Lake
June 10, 2018 - SONORA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announced today the open bidding period for recreation development and operation of a marina at New Melones Reservoir. This business opportunity is for the development and long-term management of marina concession facilities and services at Glory Hole Recreation Area in Calaveras County.
The business opportunity, also called a Prospectus, includes a full-service marina, boat rentals, retail sales, and other services. Some operations will be seasonal while others may be year-round. Bidders may also suggest other appropriate facilities/activities as part of their unique proposals. Several relevant planning documents and reference materials are available for review on the New Melones Prospectus website.
Proposals are accepted for 45 days, beginning on Friday, June 8, until Monday, July 23, at 4:00 p.m. PDT.
Please visit at the Federal Business Opportunity website to view the business opportunity and for information on submitting a business proposal. Please visit FBO.gov and search for Keyword/Solicitation “New Melones” or solicitation number MP-18-NM1. This business will be conducted under the terms and conditions of long-term concession contracts between the successful bidder and Reclamation.
Concession operations of a marina were included in the selected management option in the 2010 Resource Management Plan Record of Decision. Information about New Melones Reservoir may be viewed here.
Reclamation will provide an opportunity for prospective offerors to tour the existing facilities and submit questions regarding the business opportunity. Walk-throughs of the property will be made available on Saturday, June 23, and Monday, June 25, at 9:30 a.m. PDT. Participants will meet at the New Melones Visitor Center, 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, in Sonora, Calif. Participants will need to RSVP for walk through as instructed in the solicitation posting.
With a business model committed to the provision of quality facilities and services, Reclamation foresees outstanding commercial opportunities for a marina at New Melones, which is readily accessible by millions of potential visitors. It is within a 3-hour drive of San Francisco, Sacramento and other population centers in California. The location, environment, scenic vistas, a multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities and proximity to other tourist destinations, including the Sierra foothills, make this a desirable location for land- and water-based commercial recreation services.
New Melones is the fifth largest reservoir in California and the most recent major project incorporated into the Central Valley Project. Completed in 1979, New Melones Dam holds water from the Stanislaus and other tributaries within a 980-square-mile watershed. The project area includes the reservoir (12,500 acres) as well as surrounding project lands. The project provides flood control protection, municipal and irrigation water supplies, generates hydropower, recreation, water quality, and fish and wildlife enhancement.
New Melones Reservoir offers year-round recreation opportunities for boating and water sports, fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, wildlife viewing, and sightseeing. Popular Reclamation-operated recreation facilities include camp sites, day use areas, a visitor center, launch ramps, hiking trails, and dispersed lake access sites.
For additional information, please contact Jonathan Friedman, Chief, Recreation Resources Division, Central California Area Office, at 916-537-7080 (TTY 800-877-8339), firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax 916-537-7035.