La Grange Pond House - A Gold Country Vacation Rental - 29813 Yosemite Blvd. La Grange, California 95329
Things to Do
There's a wealth of fun activities to enjoy when staying at La Grange Pond House. Bring your family and/or friends and plan to stay awhile so that you can experience the wide variety of what this area has to offer.
Gold Country Things to Do
About La Grange: La Grange (pictured in photo show above) is a small unincorporated community in rural Stanislaus County, California, United States. Its altitude is 249 feet (76 m). It has a population of 345. It is located along the Tuolumne River, and is near the La Grange Dam and the New Don Pedro Dam. The name is French and means "the barn" or "the farm". The community and a French settlement nearby were also called "French Bar".The community was founded in 1852 around the same time French miners struck gold on a bar in the Tuolumne River. By 1854, there were over 100 buildings in La Grange. La Grange became the county seat of Stanislaus County in 1856.Aside from its French population, the community included a significant Chinatown in its early years. At its height, the community had thousands of residents, but it was a largely lawless town. The La Grange area also included many gold dredgers that operated until the early 1950s. La Grange is now a registered California Historical Landmark historic district. Today, a post office and elementary school still operate in La Grange. Tuolumne River Kayaking GroupAlso functioning is the oldest church in Stanislaus County, St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, with a cemetery containing tombstones dating to the mid-1800s.

Fishing and Boating: There are five reserviors within 30 minutes of the Pond House. Lake Don Pedro is the closest about 10 minutes to the boat launch. Lake McClure launch is about 25 minutes. Other close by lakes include Modesto reservior, Turlock Lake State Park and Tulloch Lake. Boating, water skiing, swimming and fishing are the major activities. The Tuolumne river behind the house (pictured at left) and the Merced and Stanislaus river for fly fishing for trout and steel head. October through December you can watch the King Salmon spawn in the river behind the house. The Old La Grange Bridge is a great place to view the salmon spawning. The pond just outside the front door of the vacation rental has black bass and bluegill.Fishing at La Grange Vacation Rental

Photo at right of Joel Geiger with bass caught in pond by vacation rental. He said it was the largest bass he had caught since returning from fishing in mainland Mexico a year and a half ago.

Sightseeing: Yosemite National Park. Travel the John Muir historic Yosemite Trail (hwy 132) Yosemite Blvd thru the gold country towns of La Grange and Coulterville then on to the Yosemite National Park north gate. Travel time 1 1/2 hours.

Visit close by historic gold country towns: La Grange, Coulterville, Jamestown, Sonora, and Columbia State Park - all less than a 45 minute drive.

Relaxing: Stay home and enjoy the property. You may fish in the lake or the river. There is a peddle boat for your use on the pond and a nice doc area for viewing. You can also watch the king salmon spawn form October thru December in the river behind the house or just kick back by the creek and read a book.

Dining out: Louie's Place (Historic Saloon in La Grange) built in 1897 is open 6 days a week and serves great prime rib and steak dinners, a must stop for a night out. Not into restaurant food? No problem! Pond House has an expansive and fully equiped kitchen and dining room. Dine outdoors during the warmer season and enjoy the excellent views!

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