PROTECT AMERICAN RIVER CANYONS

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Fall American River CleanUp  |  Paddle Safety Day & Junior Rangers
Lake Clementine Hydro Project  |  Hikes and Events
River-Friendly Landscaping at Home  |  Paddle the Confluence to China Bar  |  Summer Hiking
Winners of the PARC Scholarship High School Essay Contest
Preview the new Guidebook in a Flipbook Tour!   |  Retail Outlets for our new Guidebook
PARC Film in W&S Film Festival


Great Sierra River Cleanup logo

Fall American River CleanUp
Saturday, September 20, 8 am-1 pm

Meet at the Old Auburn-Foresthill Curved Bridge near the Confluence (3 miles below Auburn near the Highway 49 American River Crossing). See map.

Note: PARC's CleanUp starts at 8 am.
Check in
at the Protect American River Canyons information booth to register, pick up trash collection bags, graffiti removal supplies, snacks and receive a complimentary Confluence Parkway map. Wear sturdy shoes. Bring gloves, sunscreen and a water bottle to fill.


For more information about the clean-up contact the Auburn State Recreation Area office @ 530-885-4527 or PARC @ 530-885-8878.

Sponsored by Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Auburn State Recreation Area,
Protect American River Canyons, Placer Arts, Recology-Auburn and the Canyon Keepers.

Paddle Safety Day & Junior Rangers Activities

Sunday, September 21, 11 AM to 4 PM
Upper-Lake Clementine


Try out a variety of boats and paddle boards suitable for river and lake paddling provided by Sierra Outdoor Center, Canyon Raft Rentals and PARC.

Junior Ranger Nature Program Activities
are planned for those who are interested in learning more about American River ecology.

Directions: From I-80 take the Foresthill exit in Auburn and drive 6 miles to the Upper Lake Clementine entrance to the Auburn State Recreation Area on the left.
The event is free. There is $10 per car parking fee. NO dogs or alcohol. See map

See Flyer about these events

For more information contact Sierra Outdoor Center at 530-885-1844 or PARC at 530-885-8878.

Paddle Day boats ready to go
Paddle Day cruising
Paddle Day boats ready to go
Cruisin' on Paddle Day
Pooch in picture is a "companion service" dog
Dogs not allowed at Upper Clementine
Co-Sponsored by Sierra Outdoor Center and Canyon Raft Rentals



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


Summer Hiking in the American River Canyons

Summer hiking is in full swing and it's not too late to catch a Leopard Lily on shady trails like Canyon Creek Trail on the Middle Fork or take in the expansive views at Knickerbocker's Pointed Rocks Trail or go for a cool swim in the North Fork at Indian Creek.

Leopard Lily
Hiking on Canyon Creek Trail
Leopard Lily
Canyon Creek
Knickerbocker's Pointed Rocks Trail
Swimming in North Fork at Indian Creek
Pointed Rocks on Knickerbocker Trail
Swimming in North Fork at Indian Creek



PARC participates in the American River Cleanup twice a year, in spring and fall.
In 2014, the Fall American River CleanUp will be held on Saturday, September 20.
Great Sierra River Cleanup 2014
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
on Saturday, September 20th, 2014

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

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. 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.
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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:


PARC Produced Wild and Scenic Video shown at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Wild & 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 O’Brien. 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 PARC’s 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.

SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City featured the premiere screening of PARC’s "Wild & Scenic North Fork American River" DVD on Saturday, January 11, 2014.

See more about Wild & Scenic American River


PARC 2014 Scholarship Essay Contest Winners

Melissa Criddle and Zach James receiving awards at PARC Spring Celebration
Melissa Criddle and Zach James receiving awards at PARC Spring Celebration

The winners of the PARC 2014 Essay Scholarship Contest for High School Seniors have been selected:

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First Place, $500: Melissa Criddle, Ponderosa High School
Second Place, $250: Alyson Ennis, Union Mine High School
Third Place, $250: Erin Anderson, Golden Sierra High School
Fourth Place, $100: Zach James, Placer High School
Fifth Place, $100: Max Hennessy, Del Oro High School
Click the PDF icons to the right of the names to read the essays
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The students wrote outstanding and inspiring essays on the question:

What 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?

The 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 them and 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, and obtaining Wild and Scenic Protection for the Canyons.

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


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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