Monday, January 29, 2007


Grand Canyon - Colorado River

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office busted a small group of rafters at the put-in at Lee's Ferry right before their launch for a 30-day Colorado river trip through the Grand Canyon. Drugs and paraphernalia were found in their gear by the sheriff's department and the National Park Service rangers.

Getting the chance to river raft the Colorado River on a private permit is a once-in-a-lifetime lottery chance that has had some private boaters wait for 10-years or more. We guess that this group took the concept of "R and R" a bit too literally.

Thanks to Arizona Republic for the news update.

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Monday, January 22, 2007


California Rafting Trips

California is experiencing lower than usual rainfall and snow this winter. Beautiful blue skies are taunting outdoor enthusiasts as ski resorts and rafting companies hope daily for winter weather. Normal precipitation for January has been underwhelming as signs of spring are everywhere in the valley. Freezing temperatures have been the norm throughout California as agriculture deals with crop losses.

Bill Center of Camp Lotus, a river campground on the South Fork American assures the rafting public that reservoirs are in healthy condition due to the past two seasons of larger than normal snowpack and precipitation. Negotiations are underway with the utility companies to schedule water releases for this season. Due to the storage of water in those reservoirs, rafting on the South Fork American, the most popular river in the West, should maintain good flows throughout it's season along with the Middle Fork American.

For 2007, California rafting trips should be a great year for families,group rafting youth groups and corporate groups. Most outfitters are reserving their spring and summer trips now. Weekends sell out quickly, so start organizing your California trips soon.

For more information on California whitewater rafting, see the site, a river description site with a listing of outfitters.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Arkansas River - Colorado

Colorado's Arkansas River saw a 4% increase in 2006. An estimated $73 million dollars of tourism monies were distributed throughout the Upper Arkansas River Valley region. An 11% increase of private kayakers also brought the region an economic boost.

The Arkansas River has Class 1 to 5 rapids throughout is length and is punctuated with incredible scenery and peaks. With 300 days of warm sunshine, rafting, fishing, hiking and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy this area immensely.

Float trips brought many fishermen out between Salida and Vallie Bridge. Joe Greiner and Jody Werner of Colorado River Outfitters Association will be presenting an accounting of the 2006 figures at the annual CROA meeting in February.

Colorado is experiencing a large snowpack this year which should provide for a long and exciting whitewater year. For more information, see the association's website contacts for outfitters in Colorado.

Thanks to CROA and the Aspen Daily News

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Friday, January 12, 2007


Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival

This weekend, celebrate "green" by attending one of the many film events in Nevada City, California. The South Yuba River Citizens League is presenting its 5th Annual Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. This is the largest environmental film festival in the country. Presented by Patagonia, the outdoor clothing manufacturer with a reputation for promoting conservation and environmental causes, the festival was originally founded in 2003 by the SYRCL.

The SYRCL has long been a champion for the Yuba River and its watershed. It has become the largest, most successful and effective single watershed organization in California. The Yuba River is located in Northern California on the Western slopes of the Sierra Nevada. There are three forks, the South Fork, Middle Fork and North Fork that make up the Yuba River. A beautiful area, the watershed is bordered by the Feather River, the Truckee River, the Bear River and the American River.

A great companion river to the early spring rafting runs on the North Fork American, the Yuba also highlights difficult Class 4 & 5 whitewater sections. As development and populations encroach on these areas, the SYRCL and other organizations have found much support in the conservation community to preserve these areas and the water quality.

Several film events will be scattered throughout the weekend in Nevada City. 110 films will be presented along with local community support at art galleries, restaurants and retail stores. Film makers and reknown environmentalists will be on-hand to give talks and answer questions throughout the different venues. Here is the information for tickets and locations for the SYRCL film festival.

  • DATE: Friday – Sunday, January 12-14, 2007

  • LOCATION: multiple venues in downtown Nevada City

  • COST: $5 - $210, Tickets available at the SYRCL office or by phone (online demand for tickets has overwhelmed the availability; for purchase go directly to the Festival Ticket Office at 317 Spring St, Nevada City, CA 95959.)

  • CONTACT: South Yuba River Citizens League, 216 Main Street, Nevada City
    (530) 265-5961,

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Monday, January 08, 2007


Mavericks - Big Waves

Mavericks ... conjures up the romantic notion of big waves, beautiful surfers and astounding moves. California surfers are gearing up for the biggest event on the surfer's circuit. A $75,000 purse is this year's 2007 Mavericks Surf Contest prize. A 24 hour notice is given to 24 specially selected participants to try for the big prize this year.

An estimated 40,000 people lined the cliffs at the event last year creating problems on the fragile, eroding cliffs. This year, event organizers have set up web cams for anyone to access and view the contest while hoping to relieve the traffic jams and environmental damage to the cliffs. A big screen webcasting will also be held at AT&T Park in San Francisco in real time. Also, non-local traffic will be closed at two intersections near Half Moon Bay at the town of Princeton-by-the-Sea.

Check these sites for webcam viewing and forecasts:
  • From Surfline:
    "Monday: NW(290-315) energy continues strong with a new pulse of peaking NW groundswell. Overhead surf holds for better open exdposures with NW standouts 2-4ft overhead on sets."

  • From Mavsurfer:
    The official website of Maverick surfing has a live webcam. Watch the swells.

  • From Frank Quirarte, Mav's Photographer:
    These are past photos from 2005 & 2006 Maverick Surf Contests.

  • From Rob Vreeland, 2005 Mav Photos:
    More past Maverick photos to drool over.
Thanks to, Surfline & Mavsurfer for updates and information.

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Friday, January 05, 2007


East Carson River - California, Nevada

East Carson River is located near Markleeville, California. At a 5,000 foot elevation the river flows through both California and Nevada. Several public hearings will be held regarding safety issues and recreational needs for the public. The class 3 section boasts beautiful scenery with snowcapped mountains, hot springs along the shore and a great river trip that accommodates young and old. The problems on the river are mostly access and egress points that are not conducive to put-ins and take-outs. Nettles, swampy shoreline, small area and a looming spillway are all dangerous situations for the rafting public.

"The Carson River is a precious natural resource that can provide great enjoyment for recreational boaters and others," said Ed James, vice chairman of the Carson River Regional Recreation Steering Committee. "But it lacks adequate areas to get in and out of the water and contains hazardous objects and debris that threaten public safety and should be removed."

A statewide 10 million dollar bond issue is being proposed to improve the aquatic trail. Carson City supervisors will vote on the proposal on March 15, 2007.

Carson River Aquatic Trail Master plan public hearing schedule:
  • Jan. 9 - 6:30 pm
    Public information meeting, Eagle Valley Middle School, 4151 E. Fifth St.

  • Jan. 16 - 5:30 pm
    Carson City Parks and Recreation Commission, Sierra Room Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St.

  • Jan. 17 - 6 pm
    Carson City Airport Authority, Sierra Room

  • Jan. 22 - 6 pm
    Carson City Open Space Advisory Committee, Sierra Room

  • Feb. 5 - 6 pm
    Advisory Board to Manage Wildlife, City Hall, Capitol Conference Room, 201 N. Carson St.

  • Feb. 7 - 5:30 pm
    Carson River Advisory Committee, Sierra Room

  • Feb. 28 - 3:30 pm
    Carson City Planning Commission, Sierra Room

  • March 15 - 8:30 am
    Carson City Board of Supervisors, Sierra Room
Thanks to the Nevada Appeal for this info!

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