It’s that time of year folks. The shuttle will be resuming service on Saturday, April 1st, 2023.  And that’s no April Fools Joke…

Check our schedule page for shuttles that are up and running starting April 1st. We are offering up our 9:00 Chili Bar & our 11:30 Gorge runs. Please remember we require 6 riders minimum to keep the shuttle on the road. I have the option for a 4:30 Gorge but you will need to call me at 530-303-2404 to get that turned on.

Please do us a favor and verify your contact email & phone when you make your bookings. This way if we need to reach we can.

Any questions please reach out to me either by email or phone.

Hope to see you soon.

Nate & the Coloma Shuttle Crew

Just a few friendly reminders

1- Starting this Saturday, October 1st the shuttle schedule changes to our winter times. What’s that you ask? We will offer up for your shuttle needs on Saturday & Sunday 9:00 Chili Bar – 12:30 Gorge & 4:30 Gorge.

2- Please remember we require 6+ riders to put the shuttle on the road and we must have either a guarantee of the shuttle by 3 pm the night before or it won’t be turned on. So if it says CALLS FOR AVAILABILITY then that is what you need to do call me at 530-303-2404.

3- We have bumped our ridership up to 6 riders per shuttle. And we only have one van per day to run. So don’t wait too long to book your seat.

4- On Sunday, November 6th don’t forget to move your clocks BACK 1 hour. (spring forward – fall back)

5- Currently we have all of our shuttles up online into mid-November.

6- Coloma Shuttle is looking for Commercial Class C or Class B drivers with passenger endorsements if you or someone you know might be interested have them give me a call.

7- Lastly on November 1st the river flow will change once more to release on only Saturdays & Sundays. 9 to Noon 1300cfs. You can find the release calendar here

And lastly, go here to book your seat on this weekends shuttle

Thanks, everyone for keeping the shuttle on the road we appreciate your support. It’s been a great 10 years and we hope to see you soon.

Liz & Rod

As of 4:30 pm today 9/16/2022 the south end of Georgetown, California is no longer in mandatory evacuation orders for the Mosquito Fire. This means that we are back in service starting tomorrow running shuttles. We will be limited to 1 van for each day this weekend as the fire is still burning to the north of us, and one of us will need to stay with the dogs in case something goes wrong. I know you understand and we appreciate your patience and understanding this past week. So get on the bus, Gus, don’t fret about the fee Lee, just get yourself on down.


Hi boaters, today is the 13th of September, and as most of you know a fire broke out at Oxbow on the Middle Fork American on Wednesday evening. Rod & I LIVE in Georgetown. By Thursdays afternoon the Mandatory Evacuation area was in place and our home falls within that area. Most of you know Rod’s background as a wildland fire pilot, which has some privileges. So we are still in our house and ready to go if the fire changes directions. We are currently safe and ready to go if needed. Because of this and the smoke, along with the fact that Coloma & Lotus are on the edge of the Evacuation Warning areas. The shuttle service is suspended thru Sept 21. We cross our fingers that the firefighters on the ground & in the air are able to get a handle on this fire soon.

We wanted to let you know that due to the evacuation warning for the Coloma area and the heavy smoke, the state park is currently CLOSED until further notice. We are monitoring updates closely and will let you know as soon as we have any changes.
Everyone, please stay safe!
Marshall Gold Discovery SHP staff

Woot Woot!! Our grant was approved for another 2 seasons (2022-23).

We will be resuming shuttle services on Saturday, April 2nd, 2022. Up online I have already put up the weekend scheduled 9:00 Chili Bar & 11:30 Gorge shuttles through mid-May. So, now I just need you to head on over there and book your seats at to get us back on the actual road. Remember, we will need to meet our minimum requirement of 4+ riders per shuttle to make the run happen.

As we are regulated by the DOT transportation guidelines. If planes, trains, buses, and other transportation services require a mask – then we are required to have you wear a mask. Both the drivers and I appreciate your cooperation with this.

Thanks folks and we hope to see you soon.

The Coloma Shuttle Crew


We hope everyone has enjoyed this wonderful summer as we move into September and cooler weather (I hope) and the changing of the seasons.

Most of you boaters keep an eye on the flow release and know that as of September 7th we will be adjusting to just weekend water till the end of September. And then as of October 1st, we move to just Saturday water. The release time has also changed to 9-noon on release days at 1300 cfs.

So with this in mind for the month of September we will be offering up our services on Saturdays & Sundays throughout the month and then in October, we will be offering shuttles on just Saturday.

Thanks for your business, we appreciate it.







Riders from the July 4th weekend



Marshall Gold North Beach loading up more passengers for Chili Bar

Our fleet of vans and drivers are ready and willing to get you around to the put-in & take-outs.  However, we have a few policies we want to remind you about.

Cancellation Policy

All shuttle reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable. When making a reservation, you are reserving a spot for yourself and your guests, which limits available seats for others. Late or no-show reservations will not be refunded. Same-day cancellations of shuttle runs are considered canceled and cannot be applied towards another date.

Less than 72 hours notice = no refund will be issued.
72+ hours prior to trip = 50% of the amount collected will be refunded

Sorry to say due to the new policy with our credit card processing company any refunds issued will be minus the cc transaction fee starting March 1st, 2020.

Please Be on Time

Times listed on the schedule page and on your confirmation email are the departure times from each location. Please arrive 10 minutes early in order to keep the shuttle on schedule. If you are late and miss your shuttle, we cannot promise you a seat on another run.

Running Late?

If you are running late, you may try to reach us at 530-303-2404 to see if you can get on at a different stop. We will do our best to help you out however, if we cannot get you on at a different stop or a different run, the Cancellation Policy above applies. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact us.

Put-in Fees

If you are riding the shuttle AND we are taking your boating gear to Chili Bar the shuttle will pick up the tab for you on your put in fees for Chili Bar. However, if you drive to Chili Bar with your gear and drop it off and then ride the shuttle back up to Chili Bar YOU are responsible for your put in fees. The shuttle paying your Chili Bar fees are an incentive to get you to drive less in our little valley. Park your car in Coloma and leave it there, no need to drive back and forth shuttling your gear.

If you are requesting a drop-off at either Henningsen Lotus Park or Marshall Gold Discovery Park you are responsible to pay the booth attendant your put-in fees. If you have questions about this, please contact the coordinator at 530-303-2404 or email.

On the Shuttle

Dogs in the Shuttle Van

Please remember we love dogs, but not everyone else does.

If you are bringing a dog with you, and you are booking a reservation, you must CALL us at 530-303-2404 before your shuttle date or you will be turned away and no refund will be given. We charge $5.00 for the dog & you will need to give this $5.00 to the driver upon pick-up. Your dog must ride between the driver’s seat & the front passenger seat on the floor.  They may not be free-roaming.  They may not sit on the seats or block any aisle and will need to be controlled by an adult.

We will go over the policy with you and determine if your dog will be able to ride the shuttle.  These policies are in place to protect both the riders & the shuttle service.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Food & Drink in the Shuttle Van

After a long day on the water, we understand you may want to snack on the way back to your car. Please be careful not to make a mess in the van. If you spill something, please let the driver know so that it can be cleaned up promptly. Our permit does not allow open containers or consumption of alcoholic beverages while being shuttled by us. You will be asked to either finish it or pour it out before boarding the shuttle.

Smoking & Tobacco Use in the Shuttle Van

There is no smoking or tobacco use in the shuttle.

Well, we had another great weekend on the shuttle and that is all thanks to you – our wonderful riders.

As we all know this winter storms were a little lacking in Precip and thus our reservoirs are low, and we are in a Critically Dry water year. We have all been waiting for the news on what we can expect for summer flows here on the SFA. And that news came out today. And here is what we know.

From now to Memorial Day weekend we will have water releases on Saturday, Sunday & Monday 9-12 at 1300 CFS. Yep, you heard that right for the next couple of weeks we will not have a guaranteed flow on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Fridays. And the weekend flow will be at 1300.

But the good news out of all of this is starting Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day the only two days we will not have water is on Tuesday & Wednesday.

Monday, Thursday & Friday starting May 31st, 9:00-12:00 1300 CFS out of Chili Bar.

Saturday & Sundays starting May 29th, 7:00-12:00 1300 CFS

CLICK here for the flow release schedule as of May 10th, 2021




Breaker 1-9 for Red Mamba what’s your 20? Eastbound on the Coloma Shuttle… So, you got yourself a spot? Affirmative!

So, you all have heard me say it a million times over and over in the last 7 years. If you want a seat on the shuttle, you should book it early vs trying to get on the shuttle last minute. Yes, even at this time of year as we are a popular ride. Just last weekend we offered up 11 shuttles over the weekend and all, but 2 shuttles were sold out by Friday.

If you are looking to get yourself and your buddies on the shuttle this weekend, head on over to to book your seat (s).To see what is currently up and running go to

Remember to click on the BIG RED COVID policy button to review & agree to our policies at the beginning of your reservation. If you skip this step – you do not get to pass go and will need to go back to this step to complete your reservation.

Have questions or issues? Please call me at 530-303-2404.

Keep the shiny side up and the dirty side down Red Mamba and I’ll catch you on the flip side. Over and Out.
10-4 Good Buddy…

Liz, Rod, Chris & Tim


Don’t be afraid to speak up and take action.

With the early spring like conditions and increase of boaters and swimmers on the river this year, I thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone to be on the lookout for those that may be in distress due to the cold water and air temperatures, this may even include yourselves at some point.

This type of distress is called Hypothermia and can have very negative consequences if not treated rapidly.

The human body needs to maintain a regular temperature of 98.6 degrees F in order for all of its organs to function at their optimal performance.

If the body temperature drops below 98.6 degrees, the body will attempt to warm itself and this is known as the early stages of Hypothermia.

Early stages of Hypothermia are indicated when the person begins to jump up and down, shaking their arms and hands about or blowing warm air on their hands (trying to keep warm) and when they begin to shiver. If these warming attempts are not successful the body can rapidly advance to the next stages of hypothermia which are generally indicated by cold, pale or blue skin and mental disorientation (confusion or erratic behavior).

There are also advanced signs to Hypothermia but we do not want to bore you with too much medical talk. If you are interested in more information there are some very informative web pages or you can contact your local fire department, they would love to educate you and know that there are people out there willing to help. And for those that want to take these lifesaving safety tips even further I recommend taking a Swift Water Rescue course and Wilderness First Aid/ CPR.

If you witness anyone (especially young children, the elderly or those that have been partaking in cocktails while enjoying the river) in the early stages of hypothermia, don’t be afraid to send them a friendly reminder of the importance of staying warm (they may ignore you, but you did the right thing). If you witness anyone in the later stages of Hypothermia call 911 immediately or send someone to call, remove them from the water, and remove wet clothing and attempt to warm them in direct sunlight, with towels or blankets (no rubbing or shaking). Do not give them anything to drink and do not try to make them walk around, be very careful with the force in which you handle them as they are at risk for cardiac complications at this stage of hypothermia.

The colder the water, the faster the body cools…

Let’s all continue to do our part to, help others and keep our waterways safe and fun for everyone.

The Coloma Shuttle Crew

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