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Experience Mi Wuk Village

Mi-Wuk Village is a small town in the high country (above 4000 foot elevation) that is conveniently located, about 18 miles east of Sonora and 15 miles west of Pinecrest Lake. The town itself has three restaurants, a post office, ranger station, a motel, a bed & breakfast, and many rental cabins.

It is three miles from Twain Harte, which has restaurants, lodging, shopping, and services.

Mi Wuk Village is close to both the high country forest and the historic Gold Country towns in the foothills. The towns below in green are in the forest, while those in gold are in the foothills.

In the general Mi Wuk Village area are also the tiny towns of Sugar Pine (an expresso cafe and bakery, RV park, and mini-mart/gas station), Sierra Village (pizza parlor and gas station), and Long Barn (lodging).

Lyons Reservoir is a few miles from downtown Mi Wuk Village, is open from May to November, with hiking, fishing, and sightseeing. The photos show the dam.

What's New: The Eproson House has opened, in nearby Twain Harte, serving steak, seafood, and pasta for dinner, and a large menu for breakfast and lunch.

Zoe Coffee House has opened in Mi Wuk, serving expresso, crepes, Italian sodas, and pastry.

The Me-Wuk Indians

Mi Wuk Village was named to honor the Me-Wuk Indians who have lived in the area for centuries. (There are many alternative spellings, with the present Indians preferring "Me-Wuk".) The Me-Wuk lived in the foothills but would travel up to what is now Sonora Pass to meet with and trade with the eastern Sierra Paiute Indians, staying overnight at various points along the way. The finding of acorn grinding holes in rocks and chips of obsidian (which the Me-Wuks obtained from the Paiutes and used to make tools) are evidence that the Indians indeed stayed here.

The slide show above includes a photo showing a Me-Wuk dwelling made of cedar bark alongside an acorn granary.

The main street in Sonora was once an Indian trail, with a village near a creek. There were also Cherokees. The Me-Wuks were decentralized. (See the plaque memorializing William Fuller, an important Me-Wuk chief, and associated description. Click on Map-Based Guide and then "MI WUK VILLAGE" and "Chief Fuller Historical Marker").

The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians today have a rancheria (small reservation) in the town of Tuolumne and operate the Black Oak Casino there.


In addition to the usual wildlife of squirrels, racoons, and deer, you might also see wild turkeys like the one below in Mi Wuk Village.