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California whitewater, Mokelumne River - North Fork

Alpine Amador Calaveras county, Route 4 Bridge to Salt Springs Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     24.9 miles
  The Route 4 Bridge to Salt Springs Reservoir section of Mokelumne River - North Fork in California is 24.9 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V+ section. The natural beauty of California and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. There aren’t any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room
    before you come because it is a very popular destination. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Sierra Nevada is a great experience. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California tend to be more challenging than
the national average, so don't forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your camping stuff. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The Route 4 Bridge to Salt Springs Reservoir stretch is one of a few paddling stretches  
in this river system. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
Really great skiing awaits you at Bear Valley, and going for a hike on the Emigrant Trail is always a nice adventure. Yeah, come up here to the Northern Sierra Nevada for a nice time. Snow Valley is a splendid location to pop by close by, and you'll meet a lot of people from Kirkwood here.

Mokelumne River - North Fork, Route 4 Bridge to Salt Springs Reservoir road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Mokelumne River - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Mokelumne River - North Fork:
Mokelumne River - North Fork, Alpine/ Amador/ Calaveras County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 24.9 miles long (Route 4 Bridge to Salt Springs Reservoir)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.6 miles long (Strawberry to Kyburz)
Mokelumne River - North Fork, Amador/ Calaveras County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 14.8 miles long (Close to Bear River to Tiger Creek Afterbay)
Stanislaus River - North Fork, Calaveras/ Tuolumne County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Board's Crossing to Calaveras Big Trees)
Stanislaus River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Highway 108 Bridge to Lyons Reservoir)
Stanislaus River - Middle Fork, Tuolumne County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 14 miles long (Sand Bar Flat Dam to Camp 9 Powerhouse)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 21 miles away
      Class III-V - 9.6 miles long (Kyburz to Riverton)
Silver Creek - South Fork, El Dorado County, 21 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Atherton Flat to Ice House Reservoir)
Carson River - East Fork, Alpine County, 22 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Hangman's Bridge to CA-NV border)
Carson River - East Fork, Alpine County, 22 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Hangman's Bridge to Gardnerville)
 Ski Areas Near Mokelumne River - North Fork:
Bear Valley, California , 2 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 9 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 15 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 19 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Heavenly, California , 24 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Homewood, California , 32 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Granlibakken, California , 35 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 37 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 39 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 41 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
 Marinas Near Mokelumne River - North Fork:
Pinecrest Lake Marina, Pinecrest , 18 miles away
Fallen Leaf Marina, South Lake Tahoe , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Mokelumne River - North Fork:
Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Kirkwood , 9 miles away
Tamarack Lodge At Bear Valley, Bear Valley , 14 miles away
Tahoe Valley Lodge, South Lake Tahoe , 22 miles away
Inn By The Lake, South Lake Tahoe , 24 miles away
Beach Retreat And Lodge At Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mokelumne River - North Fork:
Lodgepole Overflow, Kirkwood, 3 miles away
Lodgepole Group - Lake Alpine, Kirkwood, 3 miles away
Overflow Campground, Alpine County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Mokelumne River - North Fork:
Emigrant Trail, Alpine , 4 miles away, 1.2 hiking miles, 463 feet elevation difference
Charity Valley Trail, Alpine , 15 miles away, 4.5 hiking miles, 2275 feet elevation difference
Hawley Grade Trail, El Dorado , 16 miles away, 1.8 hiking miles, 920 feet elevation difference
Burnside Lake Trail, Alpine , 17 miles away, 3.4 hiking miles, 2762 feet elevation difference
Pacific Crest Trail - section 13, overlapping , 19 miles away, 66 hiking miles, 3818 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Mokelumne River - North Fork:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 58 miles away
Grover Hot Springs State Park, California , 18 miles away
Washoe Meadows State Park, California , 20 miles away
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Mokelumne River - North Fork:
Tahoe Paradise Golf Course, South Lake Tahoe , 18 miles away
Lake Tahoe Golf Course, South Lake Tahoe , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Mokelumne River - North Fork
Frog Lake, Alpine , 4 miles away
Lake Alpine, Alpine , 4 miles away
Wheeler Lake, Alpine , 5 miles away

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