In 2018, the Mokelumne joined 14 other California Rivers
in the State Wild and Scenic River System

Wild and Scenic designation protects California's important rivers

We saved the Mokelumne River for future generations with California Wild and Scenic River designation

Devil's Nose

(Salt Springs Dam to Tiger Creek Powerhouse)

  • Massive granite domes, beautiful conifer forest, with oaks along the river
  • Campgrounds, rock climbing, fishing, whitewater boating, birding, hiking, backpacking
  • Deep, forested wild river canyon with challenging Class IV-V whitewater
  • Rich cultural resources
  • Wild and Scenic classification: Recreational (to Bear River confluence) and Wild to 1/2 mile upstream of the Tiger Creek Powerhouse

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Tiger Creek Dam to Electra Powerhouse
  • Whitewater runs and swimming holes
  • Carved granite gorge
  • Panoramic river canyon views
  • Wild and Scenic classification: Recreational (to Highway 26), Wild (to 300 feet upstream of Ponderosa Bridge), Scenic (balance of reach to Electra Powerhouse)

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Electra-Middle Bar Run
  • Easy beach and river access for families, great place to take children
  • Fishing, swimming, whitewater boating, walking, picnics, gold panning
  • Popular for whitewater kayaking
  • Beautiful spring wildflowers
  • Rich cultural and historical resources
  • Wild and Scenic classification: Recreational

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Each Section of the Mokelumne River is Unique

The Mokelumne River offers something for everyone

It is a door to lasting wonder we can share with our children, and theirs—part of our priceless natural and cultural heritage.

This statewide distinction will allow continued use of the river for recreation, hydropower generation and water supply while ensuring that our beautiful river keeps flowing for people and wildlife.

  • Recreation for all ages
  • Exceptional scenic beauty
  • Unique cultural and historic resources
  • High water quality
  • Critical wildlife and fish habitat
  • Water and power supply

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Leslie Smith, Sutter Creek, CA: Raised in Washington State, Leslie is a happy California transplant having moved to Sunny Sutter Creek full time in 2020. As a nascent fly fisher and lifelong skier, she is committed to the natural environment and brings extensive organizational and finance experience to the board from a nearly 40 year career in banking.