Several miles of the Mokelumne River will probably be closed to the public for the rest of the summer due to hazardous conditions caused by high water releases and snow melt.
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, meeting this morning, is expected to adopt an emergency resolution banning use of the river at two locations:
- From the fish hatchery near Camanche Dam west to the Bruella Road bridge in Victor.
- From Woodbridge Dam downstream to Peltier Road.
If the resolution is adopted today, the county will have the authority to keep it closed for 60 days. The river can be reopened in less than 60 days if county Sheriff Steve Moore determines that it is safe to do so, according to the draft resolution.
The Sheriff’s Office will place signs at several locations to notify the public of the closure if the resolution is adopted.
The two areas targeted for closure are where the Mokelumne River has the most recreational use within San Joaquin County, according to Sgt. Carey Pehl, of the Sheriff’s boating safety unit. Rafters often use the area between McIntire and Bruella roads, and some enter from the Woodbridge Wilderness Area and around Acampo Road.
Though the wilderness area is open only on the third weekend of each month, Pehl said he doesn’t want anyone getting in that part of the Mokelumne River because of the rapid flows.
“It is smoking through there now,” Pehl said.
Other parts of the Mokelumne River aren’t as hazardous, so they will remain open, Pehl said.
Lodi Lake slows down the river flows, so it’s safer there, Pehl said. And in the Thornton area, flows are slower because of tidal conditions near Franklin Boulevard and the confluence of the Mokelumne and Cosumnes rivers, he added.
Today’s Board of Supervisors meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the board chambers, 44 N. San Joaquin St., Stockton.
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