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June Dee, GRI, Realtor

P.O. Box 606 - 18731 Main Street
Groveland, CA 95321
209-962-5190 - Office
209-962-7060 - Home Office
209-770-5190 - Cell
866-929-8076 - Fax

Each office is independently owned and operated.

Groveland, California

GROVELAND – Nestled in the Sierra Foothills off Highway 120 you will find
the best kept secret in the Sierra and a wonderful old west experience. The town of Groveland is located on Highway 120, only 26 miles to the Yosemite gate entrance. This historic community is the most convenient gateway to this treasured national landmark for tourists coming from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Stockton & Modesto.

Only 2.5 hours from the bay area or 126 miles from the San Francisco Bay Bridge you will find yourself going back to the old west and gold rush era. Buildings still stand that mark the gold rush days of the 1850’s. Originally known as First Garrote until 1870 when the city fathers decided to change it's name from the device for "strangling” to a more pleasant description, namely Groveland. As the story goes… James Savage discovered gold in the area in the spring of 1849 and set up two camps several miles apart. One of the camps (known collectively as Savage’s Diggins) was renamed Garrote in 1850 and quickly became a boom town, The other camp to be called Big Oak Flat.

Mining claims within Big Oak Flat & Garrote were initially restricted to ten feet square. By 1851, the local mining laws were relaxed, allowing each miner fifty yards in length up and down a prospective creek.

By the 1870’s, Garrote now called Groveland, had been transformed from dozens of bars and bordellos to a quiet community serving the nearby ranches and a trickle of tourist taking the new Big Oak Flat Road to Yosemite. Groveland experienced a second gold rush with the advent of deep shaft mines & milling operations that was over in 1914. A third boom began in 1916 – 1925 with the approval to build the Hetch Hetchy Water Project which supplies San Francisco with its drinking water as of today. Groveland was selected as headquarters for the massive project. As the Hetch Hetchy construction activity shifted westward, Groveland experienced an economic slump. During the Great Depression, Groveland was once again reduced to a sleepy little ranching town. In fact, eventually all of the construction associated buildings were lost through fire and demolition. However, downtown Groveland still contains some fine examples of commercial buildings dating from that time.

After WWII, tourism took an impressive upward swing. A healthy national economy, greater mobility and greater interest in the Mother Lode brought an increasing number of travelers to Groveland. Presently, this region has taken its place alongside Yosemite National Park as a popular tourist attraction.

Today Groveland offers all the comforts of home. Bed & breakfast Inns, hotels, fine dining, night life, shops, museum, library, park, grocery & general stores and most of all, Nature’s majestic beauty. With a current population of approx. 3000’ we find a combination of full and part time residents enjoying the mild year round weather. Winter daytime temperatures average in the 50’s and Summer daytime temperatures average in the 80’s. Spring and fall temperatures are usually in the 70’s .

At approx. 2800’, Groveland does experience some snow but due to the mild temperatures it usually is gone by the next day. Locals like to say “we enjoy the snow’s beauty without the bother”.

Summertime visitors to Groveland can enjoy all types of outdoor activities that include: golf, hiking, water sports and for the adventuresome, an outing to Rainbow Pools , just east of Groveland. The Pools are a favorite swimming hole for locals and visitors alike.

Down Priest Grade to Moccasin Point Marina (15 minutes from Groveland) you will find Lake Don Pedro which is 21 miles long and 17.5 miles from one marina to the other. You never feel crowded on a lake this size. Experience cruising through the canyons and finding a waterfall to anchor and enjoy your picnic lunch .

The gated community of Pine Mountain Lake is located in the town of Groveland, CA. 95321

Come visit and experience the fun and beauty for yourself.

Downtown Groveland California
Click here or on the picture above to visit the Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District

Groveland Links:

Chamber of Commerce: Highway 120 provides California's most direct and scenic route to Yosemite National Park. The Highway 120 Chamber of Commerce hosts the Annual '49er Festival and Chili Cook-off. For more information on the Chamber - Click here

Events Calendar: Check out the local area events including Live Music, Wine Discovery, Art Shows and Sierra Club Hikes - Click here

Museum and Library: The Friends of Groveland Library welcome you to the library and museum. The library also provides free wireless internet access. For more information - Click here

Yosemite National Park: Groveland (Pine Mountain Lake) is located approximately 25 miles from the gate to Yosemite National ParkFor current conditions and hours of operations - Click here

Groveland, California Services
Durnall & Campora Propane 209 962-3579
Groveland Community Services District 209 962-7161
JS West & Co (Propane) 800 540-4484
Moore Brothers Scavenger Co. (Solid Waste Disposal) 209 962-7224
Pacific Gas and Electric (Electric service only) 800 743-5000
Pine Mountain Lake Association Office 209 962-8600
Postal Service, Big Oak Flat 209 962-6231
Postal Service, Groveland 209-962-7102
Proflame Gas Co. (Propane) 209 532-7000
Suburban Propane 209 962-7483
SBC (Telephone) 800 310-2355

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Email June Dee
June Dee, GRI, Realtor

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P.O. Box 606 - 18731 Main Street
Groveland, CA 95321
209-962-5190 - Office
209-962-7060 - Home Office
209-770-5190 - Cell
866-929-8076 - Fax