American River Rafting

A guide to California Whitewater Rafting

Protect the American River Canyons from the Auburn Dam

This page showcases the conservation issues that threaten the American river watershed, and also includes information about the organizations that are working to promote these issues through whitewater rafting.

Protect American River Canyons (PARC)

No Hands BridgeAn Auburn based grassroots educational group dedicated to the preservation of the wilderness, recreational, cultural and historical values of the American River and its Canyons for all to enjoy. PARC makes public presentations, publishes the American River Guide Book, a seasonal newsletter and remains alert to the political situation of the canyons. PARC is a member of the American River Coalition which coordinates American River lobbying efforts.

PARC is currently working on a project called "ARC Park: The American River Confluence Parkway". The Parkway would extend from Mammoth Bar on the Middle Fork to Lake Clementine on the North Fork. This would include Auburn State Recreation Area and run through the former Auburn Dam site. More about ARC Parkway

Friends of the RiverFriends of the River (FOR)

Friends of the River was founded in 1973 during the struggle to save the Stanislaus River from New Melones Dam. Following that campaign, the organization grew to become California's statewide river conservation group. Friends of the River is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and restoring California's rivers, streams, and their watersheds. The organization accomplishes its mission by providing public education, citizen activist training and organizing, and expert advocacy to influence public policy decisions on land, water, and energy management issues.

Once again, the proposed Auburn Dam is resurfacing. To find out more information about the issues surrounding the Auburn Dam, visit the Friends of the River Website.

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