Mokelumne, N. Fork, California, US
3) Below Tiger Creek to Red Corral Road (Tiger Creek Dam Run)
||III-IV (for normal flows)
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
A GUIDE TO THE BEST WHITEWATER IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, HOLBEK & STANLEY, 1988
Here are some videos at 700 cfs & 893 cfs
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Last Updated: 2014-06-27 06:39:15