Mokelumne, N. Fork - 3) Below Tiger Creek to Red Corral Road

Mokelumne, N. Fork, California, US


3) Below Tiger Creek to Red Corral Road (Tiger Creek Dam Run)

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles

Open Canoe on Mokelumne

Open Canoe on Mokelumne
Photo of Mike Latendresse by Paul martzen taken 06/15/07 @ 700 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
cdec-MBT 400 - 3000 cfs III-IV 04h39m 260 cfs (too low)

River Description

The Tiger Creek section on the North Fork Mokelumne is an incredible paddling and scenic resource. The section boasts a class III+ rapid at the beginning, tons of pool/drop class III in the middle, and a couple of nice class IV rapids right at the end. The scenery is wonderful the whole way, with many granite cliffs and slabs rising out of the water and lush green hillsides.

This is a great run for class III paddlers wanting to step up their game, or wanting to practice some creekier moves in a comfortable setting. Scouting and portaging is fairly easy along most of the length, but it does require extra effort at the last class 4 rapid.

Access to the run is easy, with nice parking areas at the put in and take out provided by BLM & PG&E.   The shuttle is short and quick on a road that parallels the run just out of sight most of the time.  People commonly get 2 runs in a day on this little jewel.  The Tiger Creek section was opened up by American Whitewater through long negotiations with PG&E.

Take out: Red Corral Road bridge of the Mokelumne is about 80 miles from Modesto, but you should allow about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
From Jackson head east on CA-104/CA-88 12.5 mi
Turn right at CA-104/CA-26 4.6 mi to Red Corral Road
Take a Right on Red Corral Road

Put in: From the take out a dirt road follows the river upstream on the north side. Tiger Creek dam is about 3 miles upstream. There is a modest amount of parking and easy access to the river a few hundred yards downstream of the dam.

Other Information Sources:
A Wet State
Foothill Conservancy


Here are some videos at 700 cfs & 893 cfs

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-02-02 00:46:52

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 22 2009 (3529 days ago)
Paul MartzenDetails
The North Fork of the Mokelumne is currently spilling from peak snowmelt. Therefore, the scheduled
releases are effectively canceled. By Thursday afternoon, flows below Salt Springs were nearly 3000
cfs. The uncontrolled spill will continue until the runoff subsides. This effects all downstream
runs: Devil's Nose (IV-V), Tiger Creek(III-IV), and Electra (II-III). The Devil's Nose above 3000
cfs gets VERY PUSHY CLASS V. Scouting and/or portaging the lower gorge becomes extremely difficult
at high flows. Use Caution if running the lower runs Tiger Creek or Electra.
June 29 2005 (4952 days ago)
Darrick HilbertDetails
A good run if are are in the area,it's short and sweet pool drop read and run the two last rapid
are the best.

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  • Mokelumne (CA)
    AW negotiated releases, access, and other previsions on the Mokelumne through a dam relicensing process.