Devil's Nose section, North Fork Mokelumne River

Located 17 miles of wild river between Salt Springs Reservoir and Tiger Creek Powerhouse, south of Highway 88. Deep, scenic forested river canyon, huge boulders, giant granite domes. Eligible for designation as a National Wild and Scenic River.

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Latitude: 38.4960561 Longitude: -120.2206421 Elevation: 3760 ft

Recreational Opportunities

Class V whitewater kayaking and rafting -- for experts only. Camping in three U.S. Forest Service campgrounds near Salt Springs Reservoir. Hiking, birding, wildflowers, trout fishing, swimming. Rock climbing on nearby Calaveras Dome and Hammer Dome.

Seasons Accessible

Year-round access from Tiger Creek Road in Pioneer. Late spring through fall access from Ellis Road and Panther Creek Roads off Highway 88. Ellis and Panther Creek close due to snow in winter.


A beautiful ride East approx. 30+ miles from HWY. 49. Take Spur 19 way down to the very cool camp. God’s country! In the middle of nowhere. Not for the faint of heart. I saw a rattlesnake cruise over my right foot within the first 5 minutes I parked. I also was backed off by the biggest rattler ever! A 4 plus footer. Guarding my path to the Peaceful River. Gold panned for hours. Little color but lots of possibilities. P.S. I saw 1 car/ 2 other people all day!! A pay streak is all yours.

D Bostock, 6/21/2015

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