24 Boats Launched on the Feather River Record-setting River Tour Ends at Nelson Slough
July 26 Feather River Trip: Morning launch at Boyd's Pump Boat Ramp. Photo by River Partners staff.
River Partners’ first 12-mile paddle ended successfully at the Nelson Slough Unit of the Feather River Wildlife Area on Saturday, July 26.
Thankful for the relatively smoke-free air, about 31 kayakers and canoers launched from Boyd’s Pump Boat Ramp, south of Yuba City and paddled for five hours down this scenic stretch of the Feather River.
The group took out near the Hwy 99 bridge in Nicolaus and enjoyed a short walk through Nelson Slough – a future restoration site – while River Partners’ field staff transported the 24 canoes and kayaks to the parking area.
Originally scheduled for June 28, only seven days after the start of the Butte Lightning Fires, the trip was postponed 30 days to allow for the air quality to improve.
July 26 Feather River Trip: Lunch break at Lake of the Woods Unit of the Feather River Wildlife Area. Photo by Tom Manning.
“Except for some haze which came in after the lunch break, we had great paddling weather,” said Julie Pokrandt, Development Director. “It feels like our river tour season has lost half the summer, but we hope to make up for it by scheduling two or three more trips in September and October. Since the air quality changes on a daily basis, we’ll post future paddling trips and updates on our website: www.RiverPartners.org.”