Highway 88 to Salt Springs DamThis 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, exploring, rock climbing and just plain sitting back in one of the country’s most beautiful areas. It’s all here at the Mokelumne River Recreation Area. Be sure to check out the many different links for each of the areas to ensure you get the most out of the things you like to do as well as obtaining any required permits to avoid what can be very stiff fines.

  1. Camping: the campgrounds in the area are free. All camp sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can camp in the campgrounds or dispersed areas for up to 14 days per year per district. All three campgrounds contain pit toilets and most campsites have a fire ring. Note that starting July 1, fire restrictions are in effect. This means that no wood or charcoal fires or open fire lanterns (like Tiki torches) are permitted. Cooking on gas/propane stoves and BBQs is permitted with a fire permit, which can also be obtained online.
  2. Picnicking: Along with all of the activities available at the Mokelumne Recreation Area, there are two day areas. One is Devil’s Nose located between Moore Creek and White Azalea Campgrounds on the road to Salt Springs Reservoir. The other is a picnic area located at the Salt Springs Reservoir, at the Mokelumne Wilderness Trailhead.
  3. Fishing: There’s nothing quite like catching your own dinner. With the campgrounds and day-use area right on the Mokelumne River, there’s plenty of opportunity of doing just that.
  4. Mountain biking [where allowed]
  5. Hiking [link to trails]
  6. Shooting
  7. Non-motorized boating