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Fire Restrictions in Effect

UP TO A $500 FINE MAY BE IMPOSED FOR FIRES INCLUDING CHARCOAL BARBECUES AND TIKI LAMPS! We have included the official news release for the Eldorado and Stanislaus Forests. All of us have seen the outbreak of fires all across the North West. While we will all miss sitting by the campfire with family and friends, I'm sure we would all agree, it is a far better choice than trying to evacuate the forests with them, because of just one callous camper. Official Release.

    Road Work Completed

    The long overdue road repairs at the California Culvert junction, located 4.5 miles down Ellis Road have been completed. The repairs were designed to have minimal impact on the environment, while significantly improving the journey to the Mokelumne River Recreation Area. No longer are there steal grids over what was a very bad section of road, generally very muddy, replaced by a concave road surface that allows water to flow above ground. More Information

      Your Opinion Matters

      CHANGE IS INEVITABLE! And the Mokelumne River Recreation Area is not immune. "Rumor" has it that the three Campgrounds will be changing from free to fee based AND current dispersed camping along Ellis Road will be eliminated. This is your chance to cast your vote. We have provided polls directly related to these rumors along with links to uncovered facts to aid you in casting your vote. The results of these polls will be sent to the U.S. Forestry Service. Cast Your Vote


        There are three campgrounds that offer free camping right on the Mokelumne River, Mokelumne (16 sites), Moore Creek (14 sites) and White Azalea (6 sites). All three campgrounds have pit toilets and ha... Find out more

        Day Trips

        Along with all of the activities available at the Mokelumne Recreation Area, there is also a designated day-use area that sits right in the middle of the three campgrounds located right on the Mokelum... Find out more


        This area rivals many of our National Parks with its diversity of scenery and activities. Camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, river swimming, lake swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, expl... Find out more

        The Journey Getting Here

        While we have included detailed driving instructions and links to pre-filled Google Maps, this story is about the 11 mile journey down Ellis Road, starting at 9000' dropping to 3000'. The road is roug... Find out more

        Things That Bite

        Like any forest, the Eldorado and Stanislas forests have a wide variety of wildlife and poisonous plants. While some wildlife and plants can be dangerous if you are not aware of them, with a little b... Find out more

        Your Hosts

        Welcome to the Mokelumne River Recreation Area! We are Your Hosts and are here to make your visit, whether a camping weekend or a day trip, as enjoyable for you as possible. If you can't find a... Find out more

        Your Opinion Matters

        We would like to know your opinion on certain proposed changes to the Mokelumne River Recreation Area. A major issue will be whether to change the Campgrounds from free to fee-based. There are also so... Find out more

        Your Forum

        Be sure to check out your Mokelumne River Recreation Area Forum. See the information other visitors shared with you. Become a member, it's free, and tell people about your favorite places and experien... Find out more

        Your Communities

        There is such a wide range of activities and interests here at the Mokelumne River Recreation Area that they have been broken down into separate communities, and you can even start your own. Each comm... Find out more


        PG&E's Salt Spring Dam and Power Station pre-dates the formation of the National Forests it resides right in the middle of, and is largely responsible for what we see today. Started in 1928 and comple... Find out more

        Registration & Reservations

        Currently, registration and reservations are not accepted at the Mokelumne River Recreation Area Campgrounds. There are many reasons for visitors to want campgrounds that accept registration and reser... Find out more

        Nearby Attractions

        In addition to the camping and activities in the Mokelumne River Area, Amador County has other attraction like the Kennedy Mine, the Kirkwood Mountain Resort, the Old Town in Jackson, CA and Jackson R... Find out more