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Boating Trails Program

Under the Boating Trails Act, DBW is authorized to pursue activities, which will increase opportunities for recreational boating on designated waterways through the study and identification of recreational resources and potential boating trail routes. The division is responsible for the Boating Trails Element of the Recreational Trails Plan and is authorized to render assistance to governmental agencies to implement the Boating Trails Plan.

DBW continues to study potential whitewater river use and flow needs; works with local river managers in the publication of river trail maps; funds the development of river access sites; and participates in the review of proposed hydroelectric and other projects which might impact recreational boating. The division also attends hydro relicensing meetings and comments on the licensing of hydroelectric projects under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission where boating is effected. The Department published a new boating trail guide in this biennium, A Boating Trail Guide to the Upper and Lower Kern River. Other boating trail guides available from the division include:

A Boating Trail Guide to the American River Parkway

A Boating Trail Guide to the North and Middle Forks of the American River

A Boating Trail Guide to the South Fork of the American River

A Boating Trail Guide to the Colorado River From Blythe to Imperial Dam

A Boating Trail Guide to the Colorado River From Davis Dam to Parker Dam

A Boating Trail Guide to the Kern River and Kern River Map

A Boating Trail Guide to the Wild and Scenic Merced River (Page 1, Page 2, and Map)

A Boating Trail Guide to the Trinity River

A Boating Trail Guide to the Tuolumne River (Page 1, Page 2)

A Boating Trail Guide to the Sacramento River From Redding to Red Bluff

A Boating Trail Guide to the Sacramento River From Woodson Bridge to Colusa (Page 1, Page 2, and Map)

A Boating Trail Guide to the Wild and Scenic Smith River (Page 1, Page 2, and Map)

Completed DBW-funded projects:

Slippery Rock Access on the Kern River, $70,000

A second phase of the Big Flat Access on the Trinity River, $75,000

Santa Cruz Harbor Small Craft Access, $50,000

Rocky Point & Sluice Box Accesses on the Klamath River, $38,000

The Pigeon Point Access on the Trinity River, $261,400

The First Street Access on Moro Bay, $81,268

The Hume Lake Access, $22,332 Nimbus Flat Access, $108,400

The Salton Sea Boating Trail, $91,600

Howe Avenue Ramp/Access on the Lower American River, $53,600

Greenwood Access on the South Fork American River, $130,000

Turtle Bay Access on the Sacramento River, $130,000

Granite Access on the Kern River, $145,000

Boat Ramp Street Access on the San Francisco Bay, Richmond, $51,000

Lake Chabot Access, Lake Chabot, $54,000

Friant Cove, on the San Joaquin River, $50,000

Middle Bar Access on the Mokelumne River, $44,000

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For more information, please contact Keren Dill
Keren.Dill@parks.ca.gov
(916) 327-1809