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National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

A scenic view of mountain cliffs, forest and water

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was created by Congress in October of 1968 to preserve rivers with outstanding natural, cultural and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.   

By the 1950s decades of damming, development, and diversion had made their impact on our country’s rivers.  During the 1960s the damages being done to the landscape, drinking water systems, and to wildlife finally led to federal action to preserve the health, beauty, and free-flowing state or some of our most vital waterways. 

Rivers in the system are representative of the essence of wildness that all of our waterways once exuded as they wend their way through our forests, mountains, and plains.  The Act encompasses remote rivers in Alaska, to rural areas across the country, to Florida. 

Our local waterway, the Tuolumne River, is part of this national system.  Originating in the high Sierra Nevada on the eastern side of Yosemite National Park, it then flows into the Hetch Hetchy Valley reservoir (still within the park, but not part of the Wild & Scenic system), leaving it to continue as a Wild & Scenic river through the Stanislaus National Forest, and then flowing downslope to terminate in the Don Pedro Reservoir 

Some of the remarkable values of the Tuolumne River is that it reflects thousands of years of travel, settlement and trade; it sustains one of the most extensive complexes of subalpine meadows and riparian habitats in the Sierra Nevada; and an 18-mile stretch of the Lower Tuolumne offers outstanding white-water rafting. 

As of August 2018 the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System protects 12,754 miles of 209 rivers in 40 states and Puerto Rico; little more than one-quarter of ONE PERCENT of the Nation’s rivers.  In comparison, more than 75,000 large dams have modified at least 600,000 miles or about 17-20% of American Rivers.

After adventurous rafting run down the Tuolumne River, come stay at the Groveland Hotel for a soft bed and well-deserved rest!

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Winter Menu

Appetizers – $10

Fried Brussels Sprout with Siracha Sauce

Fried Zucchini with Ranch

Fried Mushrooms

House Made Foccacia with Butter

 

Mains

Spaghetti & Meatballs – $25
Homemade pork & beef meatballs cooked in house Marinara sauce.  Served with house garlic focaccia

A La King – $20
Yes, the famous dish from our childhoods!  Peppers, carrots, mushrooms, onions and peas in a rich cream sauce and served over house made biscuits.

Add a biscuit $2
Add lamb, Chicken or Braised beef $7

Pot Roast – $30
Slow-roasted beef braised in Dust Bowl Octoberfest ale, served with braised baby potatoes and carrots

Shepherd’s Pie – $20
Peppers, onions, brussels sprouts, squash, peas and carrots in savory house broth covered in mashed potatoes and smoked gouda cheese.  Broiled to a bubbly crispy brown.

Add lamb, beef or chicken for $7

 

Dessert

 

Provisions S’Mores Cake – $8
Campfire memories!  Scratch made Graham cracker cake, layer of Marshmallow and Chocolate Ganache to top this indulgent dessert

 

 

ADA

Room 110 is situated at the back of the hotel in the Annex building on the lower floor.  This cozy room features a queen bed, with a large private bathroom containing a tub/shower.  This room accommodates two guests. This is a pet-friendly room.

Accessibility Features: Entry door is 32” wide; there is an outlet within 4’ of the telephone jack; the door lock is located 44” from the floor; there is more than 36” of room to the right side of the bed; hangers are located 53” off the ground.  Currently, the door handle is a historic twist knob, but we are working with our locksmith to replace this with a levered handle that can easily be operated with one hand and without tight grasping, pinching or twisting the wrist.

The bathroom has room to do a t-turn; the toilet seat is 18” off the ground and has a grab bar located behind the toilet; the wash basin is 30” off the ground with insulated pipes; the wash basin faucet is easy to operate with one hand without tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist; the towel racks are 46” off the floor; the bathroom floors are slip resistant.  There are no grab bars on an adjacent wall in the bathroom for the toilet as there is not an adjacent wall to place them on. 

The tub has faucet controls positioned at the center of the end wall and open side of the tub; faucet can easily be turned on and off with one hand without tight grasping, pinching or twisting the wrist; there is a grab bar at the foot of the tub and at the head of the tub; and there are two 40” grab bars alongside the tub to serve for low and high needs.  The fixtures in the bathtub are historic and therefore we do not have a 60” hand held shower wand.

Due to the historic nature of our property, our rooms are fairly small, therefore we are unable to provide 36” around both sides and the foot of the bed.  However, we do provide full clearance between the door and the right side of the bed.

You can book this room online or please call us 24 hours/7 days a week at 209-962-4000 or email us at guestservices@groveland.com and we would be happy to find the room that most meets your needs.  

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Pet Friendly

Your search for pet-friendly vacation lodging near Yosemite National Park ends here.  Our four-legged guests love the Groveland Hotel as much as our two-legged ones!  We’re happy to offer select pet-friendly rooms, located on the first floor, for your stay in Groveland, California.  The pet fee is $75 per reservation, with a limit of one pet per guest.  We welcome pets 60 lbs or less.

For dog-friendly activities near the Groveland Hotel, we recommend a walk along the Hetch Hetchy Railroad or going for a refreshing dip in the pet-friendly Rainbow Pools swimming hole.  If you are heading into Yosemite National Park, check their website for pet rules and restrictions.

Looking for a local dog sitter/boarder where you can keep your dogs for the day while exploring Yosemite?  There is a great nearby facility called Big Creek Boarding.
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