Pine Mountain Lake

FAQ And Amenities About Pine Mountain Lake

Pine Lake Patio Boat

Where is Pine Mountain Lake?

In Tuolumne County, northern California, east of San Francisco, in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Access is from State Highway 120, with connections to Highways 108 and 49. Elevation ranges from 2450 feet above sea level below the dam to 3000 feet on the surrounding mountaintops. The county seat of Sonora is located 26 miles to the Northwest. Half a mile away is Groveland, one of the original 1849 gold rush towns. Yosemite National Park is 26 miles further east on Highway 120.

What is Pine Mountain Lake?

Pine Mountain Lake (PML) is a planned subdivision of approximately 3700 lots on 3600 acres. It was created in 1969 by Boise Cascade Corporation, and turned over to the Homeowner’s Association (HOA) in 1974 after most of the lots were sold. Each of the existing 3000+ homes were custom built. They range from 900 square foot cabins to 8000 square foot homes. Near the airport there are homes with hangars as well. Average lot size is one-third acre, although some lots are up to two acres in size. The 52 miles of roads are private and maintained by the PML HOA, as are the 600 acres of greenbelt (undeveloped commonly-owned land) There are no sidewalks, streetlights, or fences. Cars cannot be parked in the street. The monthly Homeowner’s Association dues are $149. A discount is given if paid annually.

What recreational amenities does it have? Marina, Golf, Restaurant & Lounge, Tennis, Swimming Pool, Equestrian Center, Campground, Hiking Trails, Airport

Pine Mountain Lake is 210 acres with 6 miles of shoreline, and is as deep as 110 feet. Held by an earthen dam, it is a private, recreational lake that stays full year-round. Owners of lakefront lots may have their own floating docks, beaches and sea walls. Access for all others is from the 3 sandy swimming beaches at the main Marina, Dunn Court, the Lake Lodge and from Fisherman’s Cove. A water taxi shuttle operates between the four locations during the summer. Lake cruises are available everyday during summer months. The length of the cruise depends on the type of cruise that you take.

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Boat registration, launching, docking, boat rentals, water-ski sign-ups, fishing licenses, marina entrance, beach security and gas dock are all controlled from the Marina Store.

Marina Store (typical) Hours

(209) 962-8631
Store is open seven days a week May 1 – Labor Day
May 1 – May 18 11amto 4pm
May 19 – Labor Day 11am to 6pm

September 11am to 4pm, Fri and Sat open til 7 PM
Gas Dock Hours 7am to 5:30pm

Marina Grill

Avoid the wait, call your order in (209) 962-8630

Boat Registration

PML Boat registration is required on all hard type boats, canoes, etc. and anything with a motor, including trolling motors. Any boat with a motor over 25HP must have a separate insurance policy OR be named on Homeowner Insurance as additional insured. Homeowners Insurance is acceptable for boats without a motor i.e. canoe, kayak, rowboat & paddleboat.

To register your boat you must have in your possession: Property owners control card, picture ID, insurance papers with $300,000 liability listed, DMV registration, CF # and DMV sticker number. All items must be in hand to register your vessel. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Register your boat at the Main Gate Department of Safety during the Marina Store off-season.

Boat Registration Fees

Registration fees are based on the calendar year and are non-refundable
Power Boats 150HP and above $90 per year
Power Boats 100-149HP $84 per year
Power Boats 50-99HP $79 per year
Power Boats Less than 50HP $72 per year
Electric Boats   $67 per year
Sail Boats   $57 per year
Paddle Boats, Row Boats, Canoes, Kayaks   $45 per year
Windsurfers   $39 per year

Boat Docking – Boat slips, beach spaces, mud flats and rack spaces are for designated property owner’s use only and are assigned by the Marina Manager.

  Daily Seasonal
Boat Slips $20 $395
Oversized Boat Slip $20 $478
Beach n/a $152-168
Rack $10 $118
Mud Bank (ski & fishing) $20 $124

No trailer parking permitted except for day use only. No boats will be permitted in the dock slips from October 31 through May 1.


Boat Rentals

A $20 deposit and I.D. or a property owner’s gate card is required on each boat rental. See Marina Manager for weekly rates. All prices are subject to change without notice.

Boat Capacity Per Hour (1 hr) 1/2 Day (4 hrs) Full Day (8 hrs)
Canoe/Kayak/Rowboat 2 $17 $51 $85
Large Paddle Boat/Sailboat 2-4 $22 $66 $110
Fishing Boats (4HP) 4 $25 $75 $125

Water Taxi

Avoid the crowds parking at the Marina. Park your car at Fisherman’s Cove, Dunn Court or Lake Lodge and ride one of the two custom 18 passenger water taxi’s! Rates –$3 per adult for an unlimited day pass, $2 per child (8 yrs & under) for an unlimited day pass. (Day passes not available on holidays or holiday weekends).

No one under the age of 16 is permitted in the Marina unless accompanied by an adult. No lifeguard on duty.

Pine Golf Putt

Golf Course

Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course, one of the Top 15 “Best Courses to Play in Northern California,” is an 18-hole championship course available for public play and tournaments. The challenging 6,382 yard, par 70 course offers you breath taking views of the majestic mountain peaks of Yosemite as it winds through picturesque oaks and pines. The course, designed by William F. Bell, opened in 1969 and is always in excellent condition. Experts and novices alike appreciate the driving range in a true golf course setting. Golf lessons, clinics, locker storage, club rentals, club storage, golf carts, pull carts– it’s all here.

Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course is open 7 days a week
Summer Golf Course hours: 7am to 7pm
Winter Golf Shop hours: 8am to 5pm.
Shotgun starts 11am mid-November through mid-March
Phone Number for Tee Time Reservations, Member, Guest & Visitor Information, Driving Range and Golf Shop: 209-962-8620

Tee Time Reservations

PROPERTY OWNERS can reserve tee times up to 14 days in advance, beginning at 7am, April through November. Tee time reservations on major holiday weekends (Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day) are taken for all days of the weekend 14 days in advance. Reservations will be limited to one (1) tee time per day during major holiday weekends. Property owners may request one (1) additional tee time 10 days in advance.

Guests: In order to obtain guest rate the reservation must be made by a property owner either in person or by phone. Property owners may make tee times for their guests two (2) weeks in advance.
Public: can make reservations 10 days in advance, beginning at 7am, April through November.

Driving Range

Tokens are available at the PML Golf Pro Shop or the Snack Shack. Tokens are $3 each or 4 for $10. One token= 25-30 balls.

Pine Mountain Lake Golf Fees

    9 Hole 18 Hole Twilight*
Property Owner Mon-Sun $16 $26 $19
  Cart $6 $9 $9
Guests Mon-Sun $33 $61 $33
(Cart mandatory before twilight)


included included $13
Public Mon-Sun $43 $72 $36
(Cart mandatory before twilight)


included included $13
Juniors – Property Owner       $7
This rate begins at twilight for Guest/Public       $14

Carts are mandatory for all golfers on major holiday weekends until twilight.

  9 Hole 18 Hole Twilight
Club Rentals $12 $17 $17
Pull Cart Rentals $3 $6 $6

Twilight begins at 2pm, 3pm or 4pm, depending on the season. Call the PML Golf Pro Shop at 209-962-8620 for details.

Pine Golf Fairway

Memberships and Benefits Annual Golf Memberships, Golf Club Storage, and Lockers are available to Pine Mountain Lake Property Owners. Contact the PML Golf Pro Shop at 209-962-8620 for more information.

Private and Group Lessons Available


4-1/2 stars “Best Places to Play” — Golf Digest
Once again the Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course received a 4.5 star rating out of 5 for the Golf Digest – Places to Play. This rating is based on reader comments to Golf Digest. This year’s Best Places to Play rated more than 4000 courses in North America and the Islands. The courses were evaluated by approximately 20,000 Golf Digest readers. As always the courses were rated on the overall golf experience, value for the money, standard of service, conditioning of the course and normal pace of play for 18 holes. Enjoy the course!

Country Club Restaurant and Lounge

The Country Club Restaurant – located at 12765 Mueller Drive – serves lunch Thursday through Saturday, dinner on Friday and Saturday and a brunch buffet on Sunday. For information or reservations call 209-962-8638. Special events include Monday Night Football parties, comedy nights, holiday dinner/dances and musical entertainment most Friday and Saturday nights at the 19th Hole Lounge.


Tennis courts 1, 2, 3 & 4 are located in Unit 4 on Pine Mountain Drive between Boitano Road and Crescent Way. Courts 5 & 6 are on Mueller Drive, near the Country Club. Annual tennis passes for property owners and for renters/guests are purchased at the PML Association Office. Daily and monthly passes are for sale at the Main Gate Department of Safety office only. All players must have a valid tennis pass. Racquet club doubles, ladies, and men’s are scheduled on weekdays. For court reservations call 209-962-8615.

Swimming Pool

The heated swimming pool is located on Mueller Drive above the Country Club. Swim lessons, aqua exercise classes, ping pong, pool socials, snack bar and pool store. Swim at your own risk. No lifeguard on duty! Phone 209-962-8634.

Equestrian Center

The full service Stables offers trail rides Friday, Saturday and Sundays, special excursions, play days, horse shows, children’s horse camps, along with total care stalls, corrals and paddock rentals for your horse. A riding arena, exercise ring and a large picnic area and barbecue area are also available. The Stables are located in unit 12, on the corner of Clements and Clifton Way. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Advanced reservations are required. Safety equipment is provided.

Little Wrangler Camp – Supervised by PML’s professional Stables staff. This camp is the perfect way to introduce your child to the world of horses and the life of a “cowpoke” all in a friendly, safe environment. Camps consist of horse and stables care, fun and game activities and lunch. Camps run every Tuesday (ages 7-9) and Thursday (ages 10-13) 9am to 1pm, June, July and August
Cost is $35 per child, per 1-day camp. Limited to 10 students per 1-day camp.

For reservations or information, call: 209-962-8667 or send an e-mail to:

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The campground facility is operated by Pine Mountain Lake with sites reserved for PML property owners, their guests & the public. Facilities include 23 campsites, each with cooking fireplaces and a picnic bench. Included in the 23 are10 RV hook-up sites, each with power and water (dump site on location). Guests have the use of 2 nearby restrooms, both with running water, one with hot showers. The campground is open 7 days a week during the summer season. Stays limited to 14 days within any 31 day period. Call Dept. of Safety at 209-962-8615 for more details.

Mailing Address:
19228 Pine Mountain Drive, Groveland CA 95321
or for additional information, send e-mail to:
Long term campground use for property owners building a home only. (Plans must be submitted and approved by the E.C.C.)

Campground Fees

  Regular Space RV Hook-Up
Property Owners: $13 per night $19 per night
  $57 per week $100 per week
  $226 per month $375 per month
Guests and Public: $17 per night $27 per night
  $85 per week $152 per week

Additional camper charge (after 4 per site) $4 per person
Non-camper dump station $12 per use

Hiking & Walking Trails

Pine Mountain Lake’s Hiking Trails and Archery Range – located in Units 14 & 16 – are available to all property owners, renters and guests. Hours of use are from 7 AM to dusk. Dogs on leash allowed. The Pine Mountain Lake Green Belt Hiking Trail, a 1.5 mile loop, is in units 3 & 4. Trailhead starts at Fisherman’s Cove on Rock Canyon Way in Unit 3. Over 20 interpretive nature signs detailing native plant life have been installed along the trail.

Airport E-45

  • The airport at Pine Mountain Lake, owned and operated by Tuolumne County, is in Unit 12 on Elderberry Way.
  • Facilities on site include fueling and. 209-962-8966 (pay phone)
  • Location: North Latitude 37° 51′ 45″, West Longitude 120° 10′ 40″.
  • Elevation: 2,933 feet above sea level. Note: Noise sensitive area. Avoid flying over lake.
  • Runway: 27/09, 3,625 feet long with 100′ lighted overruns at each end. Surface is asphalt. Right traffic runway 27.
  • Taxiway: 3,600′ long, paved.
  • Lights: Runway and rotating beacon, VASI – Runway 09 and PAPI – Runway 27.
  • Tie Down Area: Paved, approximately 54 tie downs. 5 transient tie downs available on west side of ramp, south of fuel pumps. Overnight fees are $4.00 single, $8.00 twin.
  • Unicom: 122.9 Sport Aviation article about a visit to PML airport
From VORS Freq. Radial DME Miles
Modesto VOR (MOD) 114.6 052 degrees 40
Merced area VOR (HYP) 114.2 001 degrees 40
Stockton Area Linden VOR (LIN) 114.8 092 degrees 40


Many socials, classes, clinics, tournaments, trips, camps, and events are scheduled throughout the year. Examples are fishing derbies, bingo, theater, river rafting, Reno fun bus, yoga, tap dance, hikes, flea markets, horseshoe pitching, 4th of July fireworks celebration, Christmas sing-a-long, etc. (Information from the PML Activities Guide. All events subject to change without notice).

What clubs are organized in PML?

The PML Organized groups, clubs and classes include Aviation Association, Computer Users Group, Country Mountain Riders, Crafts Guild, Dance Party, Duplicate Bridge, Monday Bridge Club (Men), Monday Bridge Club (Women), Marathon Bridge, Exercise Group, Friends of the Lake, Garden Club, Guardians of PML, Ladies Club, Ladies Golf Club, Men’s Golf Club, Men’s 9-Hole Golf Club, Sunday Couples Golf, Non-Residents Group, PML Niners, PML Water-ski & Wakeboard Club, Pine Mountain Lakers RV Club, Racquet Club, Resident’s Club, ROOFBB, Sierra Professional Artists and Windjammers Sailing Club. Click here for the list of clubs, including the URL (if applicable) and contact information for each club.

Other clubs Include: Garrote Lions, Friends of the Library, Groveland Rotary, Kiwanis, Southern Tuolumne Education Foundation, Soroptomist International, Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society, Big Oak Rebekah Lodge, IOOF, American Legion, Groveland Homemakers, Helping Hands, Yosemite Chamber of Commerce, Mothers of Preschoolers, Sheriff’s Community Service Unit, Groveland Area Involved Neighbors and Pine Cone Singers.

How restrictive are the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R’s)?

What building restrictions does Pine Mountain Lake Homeowner’s Association have?
All structure plans must be submitted to the Environmental Control Committee by Tuesday for review on Thursday. Tree removal and paint colors are the main features they look at. They also approve encroachments for driveway entrances and parking pads in the PML right of way. Fences along lot lines are discouraged. Fences for dog runs, gardens, decorative purposes, or horses (in Unit 12 only) must be approved by the ECC.

What are the risks of earthquake, landslide, or floods?

Tuolumne County has not experienced a significant earthquake in recorded history although a couple of minor faults run through the west county area. We occasionally feel the tremors of earthquakes from the San Francisco Bay Area or the Mammoth area of the Eastern Sierra. Groveland area soils and substrate are “solid” with lots of rock. Except on extremely steep slopes, the soil stability is generally excellent and no special foundations are needed. Flooding is a possibility as we discovered during the “100 year floods” of 1997 that also washed out major campgrounds in the Yosemite Valley. Structures and roadways that were affected were only those built very close to major rivers and streams, such as the Tuolumne River and its Middle and South Forks. Houses that front the lake must be built 50 feet back from the dam spillway elevation of 2550 feet. Properties below the dam on Big Creek have a slight chance of flooding if the dam is destroyed. The dam is 110 feet high, 385 feet long, and built of earth with a clay core.

How extreme is the fire danger?

California foothill areas have some of the most extreme fire danger anywhere. That is why PML and the California Department of Forestry cooperate in enforcing the Public Resources Code and the Fire Prevention guidelines adopted by PML. These are outlined in the Fire Prevention Guidebook provided to new property owners (ask your Realtor for a copy). Some requirements are to cut dry weeds and grass, and remove lower tree limbs, vegetative debris and flammable brush. Fire hazard in PML is less than in surrounding “wild land” areas because of hydrants every 300 feet, paved roads throughout, proximity to the fire station in downtown Groveland, ongoing enforcement of fuel reduction, roving Security patrols and numerous residents that can see and report fires before they spread. Because of this, PML hazard insurance rates are similar to other suburban areas (ISO class 5). Outdoor burning is limited to “permissive burn days” and violations can result in heavy fines. Tuolumne County forbids use of all fireworks. New and replacement roofs cannot be wood shakes or shingles.

What utilities are available?

All lots have public water from Groveland Community Services District and fire hydrants every 300 feet. About one-third of the lots have public sewer hookups, and the rest use individual septic systems. Electricity is from Pacific Gas & Electric and phone service from AT&T. Cable television is available to all lots. Individual propane tanks are used instead of piped natural gas. A garbage pick-up service is available, or some people take their own loads to the dump on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

For utility services for new homeowners, including phone numbers, procedures, and prices so that your move can be a smoother one, click GROVELAND CONNECTIONS.