• Bridgefest
    July 24th, 2018

    Bridgefest will be a festive gathering to celebrate the completion of the Highway 49 Bridge and the wonderful communities of Coloma and Lotus. Join us at Earthtrek Campground from 6-10 PM for good food, beer, wine, music and company!

    Funds raised from Bridgefest will go toward the Community Art Work Project that will be installed on the new retaining wall at Lotus Road and Hwy 49.  Come see the preliminary design ideas and help support an exciting art sculpture partially made out of rebar from the old bridge.

  • Coloma Gold Rush Live
    October 12-14, 2018

    Gold Rush Live in Coloma

    Come visit a living history encampment of the Gold Rush era. Pan for gold, listen to music of the miners, and hear the re-enactors tell stories of the days of old. Call the museum at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park for more. (530) 622-3470

  • Opening Day on The South Fork American River
    April 6th, 2019

    Opening day on the South Fork American River
    April 6th, 2019

    American Whitewater invites paddlers to the 6th Annual Opening Day of the South Fork American River Celebration organized by California Canoe & Kayak and Jackson Kayak. Mark your calendars for a day full of whitewater clinics and BBQ/Party, complete with a raffle and chance to win some great river gear! Contact CCK for more information about this event.

    Contact the Coloma Shuttle at 530-303-2404 for your shuttle needs.

  • Chili Bar Section River Clean Up
    August 8, 2019

    SFA River Cleanup (Chili Bar Run- Upper)

    It’s finally time! American River Conservancy and the ED County Parks Division are hosting two cleanup events along the South Fork American River this summer!
    Mother Nature has done her part in washing down natural and unnatural debris from the shores of the South Fork American River; now it’s our turn to remove the trash! Raft some exciting Class III rapids and volunteer for one (or all!) of this year’s River Cleanups. Due to the nature of the South Fork American River cleanups, we ask that only volunteers with previous boating experience participate. BYO-PFD: Please bring your own personal flotation device! You must have a life jacket or equivalent to participate with on river activities. Lunch will be provided for volunteers after the events.

    The corridor along the South Fork American River is very diverse, both in habitat types and wildlife species. 117 different bird species use this area throughout the year and plastic and sharp metal debris can hurt them, along with the fish and other aquatic wildlife in the river itself! Please help us keep our rivers clean so they can be a recreation center recreational resource for many more years to come.

    Note: If you and the family would like to help us keep our rivers pristine but do not have boating experience, please check out the Great Sierra River Clean Up and sign up today!

    Thursday, August 8th – Upper South Fork

    (Chili Bar Run) 8 am to 3 pm
    Meet at 8 am at Marshal Gold Discovery State Park for the shuttle up to Chili Bar

    Please contact Taylor Faye: Stewardship@ARConservancy.org  or (530) 621-1224 to RSVP for these cleanups– Spaces on rafts are limited! Please let us know if you are willing and able to bring your own raft or watercraft.

  • Low Water River Clean Up
    September 4th, 2019

    SFA Low Water Wednesday River Cleanup (Marshall Gold to Mother Lode)

    It’s finally time! American River Conservancy and the ED County Parks Division are hosting two cleanup events along the South Fork American River this summer!
    Mother Nature has done her part in washing down natural and unnatural debris from the shores of the South Fork American River; now it’s our turn to remove the trash! Raft some exciting Class III rapids and volunteer for one (or all!) of this year’s River Cleanups. Due to the nature of the South Fork American River cleanups, we ask that only volunteers with previous boating experience participate in the river. BYO-PFD: Please bring your own personal flotation device! You must have a life jacket or equivalent to participate with on river activities. Lunch will be provided for volunteers after the events.

    The corridor along the South Fork American River is very diverse, both in habitat types and wildlife species. 117 different bird species use this area throughout the year and plastic and sharp metal debris can hurt them, along with the fish and other aquatic wildlife in the river itself! Please help us keep our rivers clean so they can be a recreation center recreational resource for many more years to come.

    Wednesday, September 4th (early afternoon) – Low Water Wednesday

    (Coloma to Mother Lode) Family-friendly, no experience required! 
    If you join us on the water either from Marshal Gold down to Henningsen Lotus Park(HLP), or HLP down to Mother Lode in a kayak, inner tube or snorkel, and wet suit, please be at HLP at 1 pm. For those of you that would like to walk/wade/swim over from HLP up to the Coloma-Lotus bridge and back, please join us at 3 pm.

    Please contact Taylor Faye: Stewardship@ARConservancy.org  or (530) 621-1224 to RSVP for these cleanups– Spaces on rafts are limited! Please let us know if you are willing and able to bring your own raft or watercraft. Walking and wading space not-limited. Please contact us if you are not able to participate in the cleanup but would like to join our community potluck/BBQ- you are welcome!

  • Moke Races
    September 7-8, 2019

    The Mokelumne River Races – also called the Moke races – are a weekend whitewater kayaking event with a three-mile downriver sprint, an 18-22 gate slalom race and plenty of slalom course practice time.

    The races are open to all boaters from novice to expert.  It’s a fun weekend and great for your paddling skills, no matter what your level.  Many boaters use their standard river running or playboats, but you’ll also see people in carbon fiber slalom racing boats, whitewater canoes, Wildwater downriver race boats, and even Stand-up Paddleboards (SUPs).

    If you’re unfamiliar with running a slalom course check out our Slalom Course Basics page

    Even if you’re not sure that you’re up for racing, watching the races, practicing on the slalom course and lending a hand can be a lot of fun and can give you a taste for what it’s all about.

    Since 1978 the races have been sponsored by the Loma Prieta Paddlers.  LPP is an activity section of the Sierra Club and an American Canoe Association Paddle America Club. We are based in the San Jose and San Francisco Bay area. We support the California paddling community through weekly pool roll sessions, a full schedule of river trips and the annual Cache Creek and Mokelumne River Races.

    Proceeds from the races go to support the club’s activities and donations to various river advocacy organizations.

    Contact Us

    For additional information about the Moke Races email us at: info@MokeRaces.com or visit the Loma Prieta Club website at www.LomaPrietaPaddlers.org

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  • Coloma Lotus Community Celebration
    September 14th, 2019

    Come celebrate our river and our community with Cali Collective on September 14 at the Nugget Campground! Festivities include – family rafting trips and downriver races on the South Fork American, music by Boot Juice Jams, games for kids, food, camping and live performances by local artists! Costumes highly encouraged. Prizes by Kokatat, Immersion Research, Astral, Sweet, Yeti, Werner and more! Proceeds to benefit the CWWC Community Outreach Project. More info at https://www.cwwcollective.com/community-celebration

  • Feather Fest 2019
    September 27-29, 2019

    FEATHER RIVER FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2019 – TOBIN, CA

    California’s biggest whitewater festival- Feather Fest – is held annually on the fourth weekend in September to coincide with the Rock Creek Dam scheduled release.

    What: American Whitewater is hosting a river festival including film festival, class II slalom races for all vessels and levels, class V downriver race, primitive camping, dinner, beer, party, silent auction, raffle prizes and scheduled water releases from Rock Creek Dam for boating opportunities on the North Fork Feather River. This event is fun for all with stretches of river for all levels of boaters. It’s a family friendly weekend, though after 10pm Saturday’s party is more appropriate for adults.

    Proceeds from the weekend go towards supporting American Whitewater in their mission to conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely. By supporting American Whitewater, you are supporting your voice to be heard when river access, water quality and dam releases are at stake! Where: The “Indian Jim” School and adjacent campground located at Plumas County mile marker 8.22 on Highway 70 near Tobin, CA. Search “Indian Jim Elementary School” on Google Maps for location at Map here

    FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

    Tentative Schedule, based on the previous year

    LOW FLOW SLALOM COURSE PRACTICE – ALL DAY (BASE FLOWS)

    ACA RACE REGISTRATION/CHECK IN 6-10:00 pm

    FILM FESTIVAL AND RAFFLE 7-10 PM $5.00 ENTRY

    SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

    Tentative Schedule, based on the previous year

    ACA SPONSORED WHITEWATER EVENTS – $20 ON-SITE REGISTRATION

    TOBIN CLASS V ROYALTY DOWNRIVER RACE

    * Registration/Check in 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
    * Race Participants Meeting 12:45 pm
    * Staggered Starts begin at 1:00 pm

    ROCK CREEK CLASS II-III SLALOM

    * Slalom Practice 9:00 am to 10:30 am
    * Registration/Check in 9:00 am to 10:30 am
    * Race Participants Meeting 10:30 am
    * Slalom Race 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

    AMERICAN WHITEWATER PARTY, SILENT AUCTION & RAFFLE 7 PM – 12 AM $5.00 ENTRY

    VOLUNTEERS VOLUNTEERS VOLUNTEERS

    We are always in need of awesome volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering for 2018 send an email to California Stewardship Director, Theresa Simsiman (theresa@americanwhitewater.org)

    IMPORTANT DETAILS:

    • This is a LEAVE NO TRACE event. Please, pack it in and pack it out. There are no trash cans nor is there trash pick-up available at the event.
    • NO DRINKING WATER is available at Festival, please BYO water.
    • There is FREE camping at the Festival site. Additional free camping is available one mile up-stream at Roger’s Flat or one mile down-stream at Tobin Vista. Parking is tight, carpool!
    • There is no shuttle service; however, there are hundreds of cool boater folks just like you… just meet your neighbor for guaranteed fun times and great boating!
    • NO open fires! Fires are a serious hazard in California right now. Please do not park on dry grass or leave your car running unattended! You are required to have a free permit from the forest service web site for using any camp stove. Fire marshals do visit the Festival every year, so be sure to bring a print out of your permit! Get yours here: http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/

    Come and join kayakers, rafters and spectators for a weekend of wet, wild fun on the river!