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Great Sierra River Cleanup and Historic Bridges Hike AND Paddle Safety Day coming up
Film Presentation: All the Time in the World
Newly published Auburn State Recreation Area Trails and River Map
PARC awards $2500 to Essay Contest Scholarship Winners
Lake Clementine Hydro Project  |  River-Friendly Landscaping at Home
Paddle the Confluence to China Bar
  Retail Outlets for our new Guidebook   |  PARC Film in W&S Film Festival

Great Sierra River Cleanup and Paddle Safety Day

Great Sierra River Cleanup

Great Sierra River Cleanup Day and
Historic Bridges of the Confluence Hike

Saturday, September 19th, 2015, 8:00 am - Noon

Meet at the Old Auburn-Foresthill curved bridge near the Confluence, Auburn OR at Hills flat Lumber, Colfax.

Cleanup meets at the Confluence beginning at 8:00 am. (Note: we start cleanup 1 hour earlier than it mentions on the poster.) Check in at the information booth to register, pick up trash collection bags, graffiti removal supplies, and snacks. Bring a friend, water bottle, gloves, sunscreen and wear sturdy shoes. Volunteers will receive complimentary new Auburn SRA trails map. (1 per family). Volunteers can also check in at Hills Flat Lumber in Colfax. No park fee charged in cleanup areas during cleanup.

For more info contact the Auburn State Recreation Area office at 530-885-4527 or PARC at 530-885-8878 or email

Great Sierra River Cleanup 2015

Sponsors include Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Auburn State Recreation Area,
Recology Auburn, Protect American River Canyons and Canyon Keepers.

Auburn SRA California State Parks Badge
Sierra Nevada Conservancy Logo
Canyon Keepers Logo
Recology-Auburn Placer Logo
Co-Sponsors of the Clean Up

Free Basic Paddle Safety AND Junior Ranger Day
Sunday, September 20th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
at Upper Lake Clementine

Try out a variety of boats suitable for river and lake paddling on a first-come first-serve basis. For participants 10 years and older. Boats are provided by Sierra Outdoor Center and Canyon Raft Rentals. Junior Ranger nature activities are planned.

A $10 per car ASRA park entrance fee is charged. NO dogs or alcohol.

For more info: call Guy at Sierra Outdoor Center at 530-885-1844.

Directions: From I-80, take the Foresthill exit in Auburn, drive 6 miles to the Upper Lake Clementine entrance to the Auburn State Recreatin Area on the left.

Boats ready to go on Paddle Day
Trying out some paddle boards
Paddle Day Kids
Trying out the kayaks on Paddle Day

Sponsors include Sierra Outdoor Center, Canyon Raft Rentals,
Protect American River Canyons and Canyon Keepers.

PARC presents the film "All The Time In The World",
Plus American River Canyon news & updates after the screening

Thursday, September 24
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Movie at 7:00 pm
State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn
Tickets $8 general, $5 students. Tickets also available at the door.
Ticket price includes PARC's New Auburn SRA Trails & River Map.

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Join us for this inspiring multi-award winning documentary. In search of a new perspective, a family of five leave the comforts of home to live remotely in the Yukon wilderness during the long northern winter and amidst the surprises that the rawness of nature provide. The parents leave their jobs and take their three children, ages 10, 8 and 4, to spend nine months living in a small cabin with no road access, no electricity, no running water, and no internet, no TV, no phone and, most importantly, no clocks or watches.

Filmed over 9 months, off the grid, without external crew, and featuring the unique perspectives of children, All The Time In The World explores the theme of disconnecting from our hectic and technology-laden lives in order to reconnect with each other, ourselves and our natural environment – parents connecting with children, children connecting with nature.

Won Best of Festival at the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

The film will end about 8:30 pm. Stay after the film for news about the American River Canyon and updates about the proposed Parker Dam on the Bear River, the Clem Hydro Project, the newly published Auburn State Recreation Area Trails and River map, and more.

For event info call 530-852-2836 or email

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All the Time in the World

You can change the number of tickets in your shopping cart.

Ticket price includes PARC's New
Auburn SRA Trails & River Map.

Please print out your ticket receipt and bring it with you to the theatre!

Auburn State Recreation Area Trails and River Map

Auburn State Recreation Area Trails and River MapPARC's new easy to read full color 20" x 28" American River Trails and River Map is an essential guide to the popular and lesser known North & Middle Fork trails in the Auburn State Recreation Area. Mystic Design's Laurel Mathe illustrated this map that features a comprehensive legend key to roads, trails and museums, whitewater boating information, campground information, ASRA park regulations, trail tips, useful visitor resource contact information and resource guides and a river-canyon ecology profile. PARC's proposed California Wild & Scenic designation for a sixteen mile stretch of North Fork American River is highlighted. Finally, the map is sprinkled with flora and fauna illustrations from Law's "Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada."


Here is a low-resolution image of this map.

Purchase this map here.

PARC awards $2500 to Essay Contest Scholarship Winners

PARC Essay Contest Scholarship Winners 2015
Protect American River Canyons Scholarship logo
PARC Scholarship winners, from left to right: Moses Wolfe-Polgar, Del Oro HS; Kiera Jordan, Placer HS; Allie Clark, Colfax HS; Elisabeth Russell, Granite Bay HS; Kaitlyn Clark, Rocklin HS

The winners of the PARC 2015 Essay Contest Scholarship for local High School Seniors have been selected. All five received $500 scholarship awards at a ceremony held at the Confluence of the North and Middle Forks of the American River. They are:

Kiera Jordan from Auburn and Placer High School
Moses Wolfe-Polgar from Auburn and Del Oro High School
Allie Clark from Meadow Vista and Colfax High School
Elisabeth Russell from Granite Bay and Granite Bay High School
Kaitlyn Clark from Rocklin and Rocklin High School
Click the PDF icons to the right above to read the winning essays

This year's topic question was:

Why do I care about the American River, and what is my vision for the protection of the river and its canyons for future generations?

In their essays, the students described the natural beauty, and shared their personal connection to the American River Canyons. They explained the importance of the Canyons to them and to our local community, and offered their ideas on how to protect the canyons for future generations to enjoy.

Read the winning essays by clicking the PDF icons above.


Please help ensure that PARC will be able to offer scholarships to more of our deserving local students next year by making a
tax-deductible contribution to the PARC Scholarship Fund

Paddle Safety Day Fun

Many thanks to Sierra Outdoor Center and Canyon Raft Rentals for providing gear and the Canyon Keepers for hosting the Junior Ranger Activities.

2014 Paddle Safety Day

River-Friendly Landscaping

River-Friendly Landscaping at Home

Easy steps for creating healthy, beautiful landscapes while protecting and caring for our environment.

Click here for the brochure: The 7 Principles of River-Friendly Landscaping

Courtesy of River-Friendly Landscaping

Auburn Deserves a Good Paddling!

Yonica and Family
Paddle Auburn! Confluence to China Bar Whitewater Run available weekends. Water comes up at the Confluence from Middle Fork
Hydro release around 5:00 PM.

These long summer solstice days are perfect for paddling from the Confluence Area to China Bar below the City of Auburn. The China Bar Auburn SRA access is open on weekends till sunset. The PCWA hydro release reaches the Confluence Area around 5:00 PM - plenty of time to paddle this 4.5 mile stretch of river before sunset. Otters, blue herons and, rarely, bear and bald eagles have been observed along this stretch of river.

Otters playing on rocks
Otters playing on rocks

PARC participates in the American River Cleanup twice a year, in spring and fall.
In 2015, the Fall American River CleanUp will be held on Saturday, September 19.

Below are photos from previous cleanups.

Rex removing metal from the river

Removal of shopping carts and other trash on double kayak

Bill finds a tire

Collaborating with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy
to Keep the American River Clean & Safe

American River Guidebook Is Now Printed!
It's ready to ship and is also available at local stores

Order Guidebooks Here

Front and Back cover of new 'The American River Insider's Guide to Recreation, Ecology and Cultural History of the North, Middle and South Forks'

Update: 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.

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.

Auburn Area Retail Outlets:

Sacramento Area Outlets:

Coloma-Lotus-Placerville Area Outlets:

Other Areas:

Or order from this website:

Protect 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.

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