Yuba Goldfields Boat Tour
Yuba Goldfields Full-Day Boat Tour
Monday April 20th, 2015 – 8:15 am – 4:45 pm
Tour Sponsored by: South Yuba River Citizens League
Tour participants took a 4-mile Boat Tour along the Lower Yuba River Goldfields, a 10,000 acre area made up of 19th century hydraulic mining debris spread out across the floodplain at an average depth of over 40 feet and up to 100 feet in some places, an area so vast it can be seen from space. Tour participants were taken by experienced river guides in inflatable rafts to explore the success of habitat restoration efforts in this mine impacted stretch of river.
This Class 1 and 2 (characterization for mellow, slow moving water with the occasional rapid) stretch of the Yuba River starkly displays the lasting impacts of the Gold Rush and its impact on the riparian environment and salmon habitat. As sponsors of this tour, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), presented educational modules on habitat restoration amidst historic and present mining in the watershed.