You assume that's enough? Just getting warmed up. A tremendous place like Stanislaus National Forest close to Utica Reservoir is too fine to leave out, and Lake Alpine is a perfect lake nearby. This lake is so wonderful. A wonderful place to camp here at Utica Reservoir is Utica Reservoir, and going for a hike along the Emigrant Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this area. On Mokelumne River - North Fork you discover the close by Route 4 Bridge
to Salt Springs Reservoir segment. This is a grade V+, 24.9-mile-from-beginning-to-end stretch of whitewater. The Route 4 Bridge to Salt Springs Reservoir segment of Mokelumne River - North Fork is suited for whitewater paddlers who have been raft paddling for a while.
First Canoe trip here back in 1992. Last trip 4th of July 2006. Great lake to kayak. Last Trip many kayakers. The road is car accessible but rough in spots. Campers at boat launch (hand launch only) are often a drunken rowdy group. Bear warnings now posted but not back in the 1990's. Good fishing. Lake feeds to Union below. Do not expect fish there. DFG is not stocking in 2009. Lake is lowered most years for power generation. Several Islands to camp on. Short off trail hike to Elephant Rock and Summit lakes for die hard trail blazers. Not far from Spicer Meadows. Mid week non holidays expect minimal use.
- Dave Mayer
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