devil's nose

Access

East end: Take Highway 88 east from Jackson to Ellis Road. Follow Ellis Road south to the North Fork Mokelumne. Closed in winter due to snow. See map

West end: Take Highway 88 east from Jackson to Tiger Creek Road in Buckhorn. Follow Tiger Creek Road down to the Tiger Creek Powerhouse. See map

Length of river canyon: Turn left before the Tiger Creek Powerhouse and cross cattle guard to access PG&E gravel road. Runs to Salt Springs Powerhouse. Road is open year-round. May be in poor condition. May be temporarily blocked by low snowfall. See map

Recreation

Just below Salt Springs Dam

(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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  • 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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  • 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

Resources

  • Interesting geology: Terminal moraine of glacier that created the upper Mokelumne canyon; large boulders in the river; massive granite domes near Salt Springs Powerhouse; steep, granitic river gorge downstream; the Devil’s Nose
  • Rich cultural resources
  • Healthy trout fishery
  • Important habitat for goshawks, California spotted owls, pine martens, foothill yellow-legged frogs, black bear, and deer herds
  • Important bird habitat
  • Conifer forests with oaks along the river’s north bank

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Larry Patterson, Director, Camanche Village, CA:  MS Civil/Transportation Engineering UC Berkeley, BS Civil Engineering University of Texas, private consultant, former City Manager of San Mateo, recipient of the League’s James L. Martin Award in 2012