River Guidebook Is Now Printed!
It's ready to ship and is also available at local stores
The book is fresh off the printers! It is ready to ship per orders
from this website. It's also available at local stores. See
list of stores below.
Looking for the most
up-to-date recreational, historical and ecological information
for the Auburn State Recreation Area? PARC's completely revised
416-page 3rd edition is now available. To sample the book just
click on the APi-Marketing link for a 70+
page Flipbook Tour of the Insider's Guide.
Mystic Design's Laurel Mathe has redesigned the book format making
it easier to access specific information on the river and canyons.
The guidebook first published over 20 years ago includes a new
color natural history chapter, with illustrations by John Muir
Laws. The trails chapter has been completely revised with new
maps, trails descriptions including the Western States Trail,
natural and cultural history sidebars, activities to do while
hiking with kids and contributions from the Canyon Keepers and
local guidebook authors. A complete concise mile-by-mile whitewater
chapter written by river guides includes: rapid difficulty ratings
and descriptions, maps, geology, Gold Rush history and access
information to the North, Middle and South Forks. The richly illustrated
Native American River History chapter features Native American
traditions as viewed through song, dance, basket making, acorn
food preparation and creation myths. Romanticized stories and
songs of the Gold Rush, complete with Charles Weed's historic
photos of the Grand Flume on the Middle, and other photos from
the early days of the Gold Rush are featured in the history chapter.
The final pages of the guidebook are devoted to options for permanently
protecting the American River.
It is with deep appreciation that PARC would like to thank
all the authors, editors, photographers and artists who
collaborated to create this book out of their concern for
the future of the American River.
The Guidebook is now
available at the following locations.
Produced Wild and Scenic Video shown at the Wild & Scenic
& Scenic North Fork American River Video
Earlier this year
PARC started working on producing a DVD video promoting California
Wild & Scenic designation for a 16 mile segment of the North
Fork American River from Colfax Iowa Bridge to Lake Clementine.
This part of the river has already been deemed eligible for Wild
& Scenic designation. The DVD was made with support of a grant
from Patagonia and is hosted by local educator, Bart OBrien.
Ridgeline Entertainment, an Auburn based film production company,
assisted PARC in the filming and editing of this educational DVD.
This video will
be part of PARCs on-going campaign to garner local and statewide
support to keep the North Fork free-flowing from the threat of the
still authorized Auburn dam. Local Congressman Tom McClintock has
been actively working on lobbying support to build the dam with
his recent keynote address to the revived Auburn Dam Council.
& Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City featured the premiere
screening of PARCs "Wild & Scenic North Fork American
River" DVD on Saturday, January 11, 2014.
more about Wild & Scenic American River
2013 High School Essay Contest Winners: 2nd place $250 Garret
Jordan, 1st place $500 Kellyn McDonald, 2nd place $250 Toby
Qualls, all of Placer High School in Auburn.
2014 PARC High School Scholarship Essay Contest
Accepting Essays Through March 15, 2014
received many, many wonderful and thoughtful essays for last
years contest. Kellyn, Garret and Toby wrote outstanding
and inspiring essays on the question:
do the American River and its canyons mean to me and my community,
and what should be done to protect them for future generations.
students shared their family and personal connections to the
River Canyons, which often included hiking, rafting, jogging
or fishing experiences. They explained how the canyons are
important to our local community and economy, and offered
suggestions for protecting the canyons for future generations.
Their ideas included promoting river stewardship education
of youth, such as training Youth River Ambassadors, and obtaining
Wild and Scenic Protection for the Canyons.
Peek at This Years Essay Topic:
motivates me to care about the American River and its canyons
and what can my generation do to help shape a positive future
for the river and its canyons?"
five winners will share $500, $250, $250, $100 and $100. Scholarships
deadline will be March 15, 2014.
here to see the details and application form for the 2nd Annual,
2014 PARC High School Scholarship Essay Contest
here to read 2013's fine, award-winning essays.
help ensure that PARC will be able to offer scholarships to
more of our deserving local students next year by making a
to the PARC Scholarship Fund
of the recent events PARC has participated in include Paddle Safety
Spring and Fall American River Cleanup Day, the Wild
American River Duck Derby, and the
Auburn Community Festival.
See photos below.
from PARCS ANNUAL FALL Paddle Safety Day & Junior Ranger
Activities at Upper-Lake Clementine on Sunday, September 2013.
was able to try out a variety of river, lake and ocean boats for
free at Upper-Lake Clementine. PARC participates in this event twice
a year, along with Auburn
State Recreation Area, ASRA Canyon Keepers, Sierra Outdoor Center
and Canyon Raft Rentals.
The day also features Junior Ranger Activities and our honored guests
the Native American Miwok Dancers.
boarding on Paddle Safety Day
Beach, Paddle Safety Day
American River Cleanup
twice a year,
in spring and fall.
This year, the Fall American River CleanUp was held on Saturday,
Wild American River Duck Derby floats to another successful year
September 7th PARC and the Auburn Chamber of Commerce released and
captured 2,000 ducks on the North Fork, raising thousands of dollars
for local non-profit groups. A $1,000 prize was awarded to the first
duck crossing the finish line. The Foresthill Bridge Base Jumpers
soared in the sky above the Duck Derby.
Soup at the 2nd annual Duck Derby
in the rapids, North Fork American River
Bridge BASE Jumper at the September 7th Adventure Auburn Event
had an animal mask making booth at the Auburn Community Festival
Spyders Return to Cave Valley
After a nine-year ban on rock climbing in the Auburn SRA, in
September 2012 Climbing Resource Advocates of Sacramento, CRAGS,
put in the successful bid to reopen the Cave Valley Rock Climbing
Area in the Limestone Quarry on the Middle Fork of the American
River. The area is open for year round climbing Friday, Saturday
American River Canyons is dedicated to the protection and conservation
of the natural, recreational, cultural, and historical resources
of the North and Middle Forks of the American River and its
canyons, for all to care for and enjoy.