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Difficulty III-IV
Length 3 Miles
Flow Range 400 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 3 hours ago 77 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 02/02/2018 12:46 am

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

Rapid Descriptions


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Nick Prete
5 months ago

as of April 2020 road is still washed out but you can drive in almost 3/4 of the way, ditch the boat, then drive back to the take out and walk back in.

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Paul Martzen
11 years ago

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.

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11 years ago

In 2008 we ran small (11 foot) rafts down this as paddle rafts and it was a blast! The next weekend, we took our small (13 foot) cat-a-rafts and rowed down this stretch again. It was great, just too short... I encourage everyone with the appropriate craft and experience to join in on the fun in 2009. Be sure and fill out a survey form at the end of each run.

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Darrick Hilbert
15 years ago

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.

Gage Descriptions

AW Negotiated Releases on this River!    Get out and enjoy this great river!

Scheduled releases can occur between the last weekends in May and the first two weekends of June in most years.    Spills flows can occur in wet years and will override scheduled releases.
"At the Tiger Creek Dam whitewater boating put-in, flows will be released during three weekends of two consecutive weekend days (total of six days) between 10 AM and 2 PM." graphs historical flows.        Show 30 Days                     Show 3 Years

Historical flow data is available for this reach at USGS 11316670   
Schematic Map of Diversions and gauges


Directions Description

The map shown below does not yet recognize the gravel road that goes directly along the river between the take out and put in.  The directions to travel back up to the main highway are unnecessary.  

Getting There: 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

Indian Grinding Rock State Park, on Pine Grove-Volcano Road, not too far from Hwy 88.

RV park: Jackson Rancheria on Hwy 88: . Gets good reviews for that sort of thing, and convenient to Electra or Tiger Creek Dam Run. Just east of Jackson.

Combo resort -- cabins, tent camping, motel rooms, vacation cottages (sleep 6), RVs, etc: Gold Country Campground Resort, On Tabeaud Road just east of Pine Grove off Hwy 88, so closer to Tiger Creek Dam Run.

There's also an RV park with cottages in Plymouth, the 49er Trailer Village:

Farther afield, people can camp at
Pardee Lake Resort: (209) 772-1472. It's about a half-hour from Jackson via Stoney Gate Road. 

Lake Amador:

New Hogan Reservoir, near Valley Springs:

On the N. F. Mokelumne just below Salt Springs, on the Cosumnes at PiPi Valley, Bear River Reservoir, Kirkwood Lake, etc. If you want details on those, let me know or people can find their own info online.
Hotels and Inns

There are historic hotels in Jackson (National Hotel, newly renovated, pricey), Mokelumne Hill (Hotel Leger), Sutter Creek (American Exchange Hotel), Plymouth (Plymouth Hotel) and Ione (Ione Hotel). All have websites so I won't list them here. 

In Volcano, 10 min from Hwy 88, 15-20 min from Tiger Creek takeout, there's the St. George Hotel (historic hotel with newer motel), the Volcano Union Inn and Pub (4 really nice rooms, includes breakfast, great hospitality, good restaurant), and the Volcano Rental Cottage, next door to the Volcano Union Inn and sleeps 6: (it's a neat little house).

We have fewer B&Bs than we used to, but if anyone wants info on those, I'm sure it can be found online. There are several in Sutter Creek -- Eureka St. Inn, Sutter Creek Inn, Foxes, Gray Gables, more. 

Jackson Lodge -- less expensive, right on Hwy 49 north end of Jackson with nice view. Motel rooms and cabins.

Other less-expensive places to stay in Jackson are the Linda Vista Motel  and El Campo Casa Motel: and the Country Squire Motel in north Jackson: (209) 223-1657.
Jackson also has a Best Western (Best Western Amador Inn, corner Hwys 49/88) and a Holiday Inn Express (Hwy 49, S part of town).
There's a motel at the Jackson Rancheria and also motels in Sutter Creek and Plymouth.

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Mokelumne River is a California State Wild and Scenic River!

Evan Stafford

Decades of home grown advocacy, including heavy lifting done by our colleagues at Foothill Conservancy and Friends of the River has finally resulted in the permanent protection of thirty-seven miles of the North Fork and main stem of the Mokelumne River. Like the Federal Act upon which it was modeled, the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act affords, “certain rivers which possess extraordinary scenic, recreational, fishery, or wildlife values shall be preserved in their free-flowing state, together with their immediate environments for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of the state.” 
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2018 Recreational Flows (CA)

Theresa Simsiman

American Whitewater continues to play an important role in negotiating and implementing the recreational flows provided by hydropower licenses throughout California. Here are some of the scheduled recreational releases for 2018. Enjoy!

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Wild and Scenic Study Report Released for Mokelumne (CA)

Megan Hooker

The California Natural Resources Agency recently released the draft Mokelumne River Wild and Scenic Study Report. Recognizing the river's extraordinary scenic and recreational resources, the agency recommends that 37 miles be added to the California Wild and Scenic River System. The agency wants to hear from you about their recommendations by March 8th, and will hold a public hearing about the draft report on Thursday, February 15th in Mokelumne Hill.

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Mokelumne River - 2017 Recreational Flows (CA)

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!
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Mokelumne Releases for Spring 2012 (CA)

Theresa Simsiman

Mokelumne recreational releases, 2012  

PG&E will be releasing recreational flows on 4 weekends  into the Tiger Creek reach..


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PG&E Flows

ryan groth

Summary and collection of PG&E and AW resources and the latest in flow data for the website.

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New Mokelumne Website/Flow Phone

Risa Shimoda

AW and PG&E have created a new flow information website and flow phone for four different sections of the Mokelumne River. Realtime updates, daily updates, weekend forecasts, and a long-range forecast of never before published gauges give you all the beta you need.

Paul Martzen


Matt Muir


Theresa Simsiman


Thomas O'Keefe


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1197608 05/04/10 Paul Martzen
1190049 08/23/08 n/a n/a
1200536 08/22/11 Paul Martzen flow phone link added
1202282 06/05/13 Paul Martzen camping info, minor edits
1202837 11/13/13 Paul Martzen update gauge
1202838 11/13/13 Paul Martzen Minor formatting changes
1203524 06/27/14 Theresa Simsiman
1204470 02/02/18 Thomas O'Keefe photo added