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Mokelumne River - 2017 Recreational Flows (CA)

Posted: 04/27/2017
by Theresa Simsiman

American Whitewater has been helping to implement negotiated recreational flows on the Mokelumne River for over 15 years. This year’s record water year poses some challenges on roads across California that were washed out due to winter storms. It is no different on the Mokelumne watershed. However, we still have opportunities to paddle!
Mokelumne Devil's Nose Class V
There will be no recreational releases on Devil's Nose this year because there is currently zero road access. Ellis Road, Panther Ridge Road and Tiger Creek Road to Salt Springs are closed due to heavy storm damage. The local's "side" roads are reportedly in the same condition - washed out. The USFS indicated they are prioritizing Ellis but have no immediate ETA on reopening. However, there should be flow opportunities on Devil's Nose during spill cessation sometime at the end of June or mid-July so American Whitewater will keep paddlers informed on road conditions.
Mokelumne Tiger Creek Class IV
Caltrans has repaired winter storm damage on Highway 26 and Tiger Creek Road to the TC Powerhouse is now reopened for business & PG&E will provide 8 days of recreational flows.
May 20, 27, 28 & 29 Targeting between 1150 - 2000 CFS
June 3, 4, 10, 11 Targeting between 1150-2000 CFS
Duration: 10am-2pm
Mokelumne Electra Class II-III
Electra will have 18 total days of recreational flow! PG&E will release at least 750 CFS though, with the runoff, expect higher flows on this reach too!
May 20, 21, 27, 28, 29 At least 750 CFS
June 3, 4, 10, 11 At least 750 CFS
July 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 At least 750 CFS

Associated Rivers

Mokelumne, N. Fork CA
Mokelumne CA