Mokelumne River

Lower Mokelumne River in Lodi

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The Mokelumne River is a river in California. The Upper Mokelumne River originates in the Sierra Nevada and flows into Camanche Reservoir in the foothills of the Sierra. As Lower Mokelumne River is called the lower section of the river below Camanche Dam. It crosses the Central Valley with flow direction to the west, passing through the town of Lodi, and finally empties into the San Joaquin River in the area of the Sacramento - San Joaquin River Delta.

The name [ mɒkɛləmni ] is Plains Miwok and is composed of moke, meaning " fishing net " and umne, a suffix meaning " people of ". The common English pronunciation - at least in the region - is [ mə.kɒ.lə.mi ]. The city of Mokelumne Hill was named after the river, about the year 1850.

Leisure Activities

The Mokelumne River comprises five known whitewater river kayaking sections: Fantasy Falls, Devil 's Nose, Tiger Creek Dam, Ponderosa and Electra -Middle Bar

  • Fantasy Falls, Class V , 26 -mile wilderness reach, extending from below the Highway 4 in Alpine County to its confluence with the Salt Springs Reservoir.
  • Devil 's Nose, Class IV-V, about 17 miles from Salt Springs Dam to Tiger Creek power plant covers.
  • Below the Tiger Creek Dam, the so-called Tiger Creek Dam Whitewater run, a scenic, 3 -mile-long section of the level of difficulty is Class IV
  • The Ponderosa run leads from Ponderosa Way to Electra power plant.
  • The westernmost whitewater section is the Electra -Middle Bar, a 5 -mile Class II-III whitewater course. He begins below the Electra - power station and ends at the Middle Bar Bridge.

The Mokelumne River offers itself as a recreation area, such as fishing, camping, picnicking, bird and Naturbeobachten and gold panning. The Electra Road, east of Highway 49, is popular with joggers and walkers. The large granite rocks, Calaveras Dome and Hammer Dome, near the Salt Springs Reservoir, are a popular destination for rock climbers. Three sites are located near Salt Springs: Mokelumne River, White Azalea, and Moore Creek. Above the Salt Springs Reservoir is the Mokelumne Wilderness.

Nature and Environment

The East Bay Municipal Utility District is planning an expansion of the Pardee Reservoir, which would flood a large section of the river, together with the unique cultural and historical monuments on its banks. plan to expand Pardee Reservoir This would also make it an award from the Mokelumne River as a National Wild and Scenic River.