Tiger Creek to Electra


  • East end: Take Highway 88 east from Jackson to Highway 26 / Red Corral Road. Follow the road down to the river. Parking lot on Amador side just north of the bridge. See map
  • Ponderosa Run east of Mokelumne Hill: Take Ponderosa Way from Highway 26 east of Mokelumne Hill. Dirt road; likely in very poor condition. See map
  • West end: See Electra access information.
  • Please use legal access. Do not cross private property to access the river.
  • Information on legal access to California rivers.


  • Tiger Creek Dam kayak run: Tiger Creek Dam to Highway 26. Kayak the Class IV whitewater in spring. A run description with rafting photos from California Creekin’.
  • Highway 26/Red Corral Road crossing: Deep granite canyon with granite slabs sloping into the river. Swim, fish for trout, watch birds, enjoy the scenery, picnic, walk or jog along the PG&E road that parallels the river.
  • Ponderosa area: Swim in summer and fall. Kayak the Class II-III whitewater in spring. Be sure to check flows.
  • Whitewater kayaking information from Davis kayaker Bruce Thomas. Includes maps, weather, run descriptions and more. Ponderosa WayTiger Creek 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

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Mokelumne River Tiger Creek Dam run video by kayaker James Schubert.


  • Interesting geology: Deep granite canyon, expert-only river rapids below Highway 26, large boulders in the river; massive granite domes near Salt Springs Powerhouse; steep, granitic river gorge downstream; the Devil’s Nose
  • Beautiful scenic vistas from Highway 26 (both counties) and Tiger Creek Road
  • Healthy trout fishery
  • Important mid-elevation wildlife and bird habitat
  • Valuable cultural and historical resources

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