Public access to the Mokelumne River is available at the Electra Powerhouse on Electra Road a couple of miles outside of town. Bring a chair, maybe even your fishing pole, and watch the river ripple by. Plan a summer trip, and you could raft the whitewater, or float away your Sunday down the river.
Spectacular views are available from the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail where it comes through Calaveras County in the Middle Mokelumne and Upper Mokelumne trails. See beautiful Sierra Nevada vistas, aspens and wildflowers and the deep river canyon. Planned to eventually create an unbroken trail from the shoreline in the Bay Area to the crest of the Sierra Nevada, it is currently over 1/3 completed. Check the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail website to see progress, and to find which areas are currently available: mc2ct.org | James Bar Trail.
This area is known for spectacular wildflower viewing in spring and is great for birding. Here you can enjoy picnicking, gold panning, hiking and running. Bring your own water for the trail, and be sure to follow best safety practices as the temperatures can run high in summer. Check out our Hop Lightly page to learn how you can help to keep the environment beautiful and how to take care of yourself on trails and in wilderness areas.