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California whitewater, Mokelumne River

Amador Calaveras county, Ponderosa Way to Highway 49 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     6 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Amador/ Calaveras County and the water flowing gracefully down Mokelumne River attract people from near and far. The put-in location is a short drive from Sacramento—Arden-Arcade—Roseville, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots.
    There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but if you don’t have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in California are often more challenging
than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. The wild scenery of the Northern Sierra Nevada is great. The campgrounds here at Mokelumne River are pretty good. This stretch of Mokelumne River in California  
is 6 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Ponderosa Way to Highway 49 Bridge stretch is just one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Mokelumne River is next to Rich Gulch which is without doubt worth going to. Going to Indian Grinding Rock State Park close to Mokelumne River is a good thing to do; if you're here you will meet lots of folks from close by Pine Grove. This is a great river. Summertime highs at Mokelumne River typically tend to be in the 90's.

Mokelumne River, Ponderosa Way to Highway 49 Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Mokelumne River.
 Whitewater Near Mokelumne River:
Mokelumne River, Amador/ Calaveras County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Ponderosa Way to Highway 49 Bridge)
Mokelumne River - North Fork, Amador/ Calaveras County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Below Tiger Creek to Red Corral Road)
Cosumnes River - Middle Fork, El Dorado County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 11 miles long (Outingdale to Highway 49)
Cosumnes River, El Dorado / Amador / Sacramento County, 17 miles away
      Class II-V - 20 miles long (Highway 49 to Highway 16)
Camp Creek, El Dorado County, 22 miles away
      Class IV+ - 10.1 miles long (Fleming Meadows trailhead to Happy Valley Road)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Slab Creek Dam to White Rock Powerhouse)
Whitewater Outfitter - Zephyr White Water Expeditions, Tuolumne County, 25 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Stanislaus River, Tuolumne/ Stanislaus County, 25 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (Goodwin Dam to Knights Ferry)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 26 miles away
      Class II-IV - 20.5 miles long (Route 193 to Folsom Lake)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 27 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.4 miles long (Peavine Ridge Road to Forebay Road)
 Ski Areas Near Mokelumne River:
Bear Valley, California , 45 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 46 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 48 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 50 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Homewood, California , 54 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 54 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 56 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Granlibakken, California , 58 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Soda Springs, California , 58 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 58 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
 Marinas Near Mokelumne River:
Lake Camanche Marina, Valley Springs , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Mokelumne River:
Hotel Leger, Mokelumne Hill , 3 miles away
The Historic Hotel Leger, Mokelumne Hill , 3 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites JACKSON, Jackson , 6 miles away
Best Western Amador Inn, Jackson , 7 miles away
Foxes Inn Of Sutter Creek, Sutter Creek , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mokelumne River:
Pine Acres Resort, Pine Grove, 4 miles away
Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, Pine Grove, 6 miles away
Gold Strike Village Mobile Home, San Andreas, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Mokelumne River:
Indian Grinding Rock State Park, California , 6 miles away
Columbia State Park, California , 25 miles away
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Mokelumne River:
Jackson Hills Golf Community, Jackson , 8 miles away
Mace Meadow Golf & Country Club, Pioneer , 9 miles away
LA Contenta Golf Club, Valley Springs , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Mokelumne River
Lake Tabeaud, Amador , 1 miles away
Tiger Creek Reservoir, Amador , 13 miles away
New Hogan Lake, Calaveras , 13 miles away

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