The Heart of the Gold Country



In 1853, Thomas Rickey subdivided land on the stage road from Sacramento and named it Ioneville. Before ’53, miners panned for gold along all creeks in the valley. Historians differ, but most likely “I own it” evolved into Ione. By 1894, the iconic Preston Castle began as a reformatory for youth, housing inmates from San Quentin and Alcatraz. In 1904, a short-line railroad company, Ione & Eastern, constructed eleven miles of track from Ione to Martell. Among Ione’s finest at Ernie Bonham, New York Yankee pitcher, and jazz giant, Dave Brubeck, who attended Ione High School. 

Top Five Things To Do:
  1. Preston Castle
  2. Clarks Corner
  3. Pardee Reservoir Recreation Area
  4. Castle Oaks Golf Course
  5. Ione It Now

Things to Do

The Amador County Library is a service-oriented network of community libraries, a main library, branches, and outreach services providing books, information and other resources

Calling all bingo lovers: Come on out to Clark's Corner in Ione every third Wednesday of each month for a couple of hours of gaming fun.

Working ranch with smaller breeds of cattle. Educational agricultural program for children and adults. Well-equipped handcrafted metal fabrication workshop.

Caddy's Restaurant is a full service restaurant serving breakfast and lunch everyday except T

The largest sporting clay and shooting sport facility in California.

Castle Oaks Golf Club is one of Northern California's premier public courses, named “Best Public Golf Course in Nor-Cal” b

Clark's Corner is unique.

Popular local restaurant serving Mexican and American Cuisine, open for lunch and dinner.

A multi-use recreational complex including a covered Equestrian multipurose arena, stables &amp

The Ione Cafe is a classic diner restaurant fun for the whole family! 

Ione Chinese Restaurant is located in Ione Shopping Plaza, near the Ione Market.

Ione It Now is an upscale Collective Consignment shop primarily with women's clothing, name brand clothing, jewelry, home goods, furniture, antiques and unique gifts.
Complete launching/docking facilities are available on the shoreline for your convenience.
Recreation area open daily year round. Fishing, hiking, and bird watching are a few of the many things to do.

Paisano's is a family owned and operated pizzeria, serving their family recipes handed down for generations using only the finest ingredients. 

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range of Northern California, Pardee Lake is among one of the most beautiful settings the Mother Lode landscape has to off

Pardee Reservoir Recreation Area first opened to the public in 1958 and is open daily from Friday President's Day Weekend in February through the first Sunday in November each s

We toss 'em. They're awesome.

Preston School of Industry, also known as Preston Castle, was formerly one of the oldest and best-known reform schools in the United States.
Location: Ione Junior High School, 450 S. Mill St., Ione

Hair, skins, nails body and more.

Indulge yourself with hair and manicure services.

Train Park is the home of the famous Iron Ivan. Old No.7 was the last steam locomotive to operate over the Amador Central Railroad between Ione and Martell.

The True Sportsman Club was started as a trout planting club back in the 1920′s.
Wright's Country Sports is a family-owned and operated business.