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Love the River Like a Local

posted Jun 1, 2021, 4:17 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jun 1, 2021, 5:10 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

No doubt about it, on the San Juan Ridge, summer is River Season. Once days start warming up, the Yuba beckons us to take a dip in her cool, fresh waters. Could anything be more enticing on a sweltering summer day? Generations have made afternoons at the River the centerpiece of their summers. Beautiful? Yes. Refreshing? Yes. Dangerous? Unfortunately, yes.

Nevada County in coalition with the South Yuba River Citizens League and the Yuba River Safety Cohort have some suggestions that will make your trips to the Yuba safer while having fun:

“River safety is your responsibility. An average of five lives are lost each year on the South Yuba River due to high, fast, cold water. Please enjoy our beautiful trails and beaches, but during high flows…stay out and stay alive!
  • Do not stand in moving water. If pulled downriver, lie on back, tuck arms, and point feet downstream.
  • Always LOOK first! The river is constantly changing. Scout safe routes.
  • Drinking alcohol and swimming don’t mix and never bring glass bottles to the area.
  • Wear a life jacket for all river activities. Watch children and pets at all times.
  • Stay out of the water during high flows.
  • NO FIRES allowed in the river canyon.
  • No cell service in river canyon.
  • Obey all parking signs. Fines now $162.”
In addition to the above safety guidelines, here is a guideline for being a decent and responsible human being. DO NOT LEAVE TRASH, including cans, bottles, food, wrappers, baby diapers & toilet paper (yuk!), etc. at the river. If you brought it in, you can take it out. Please consider the health and safety of the river itself, the forest and its creatures, and other river goers when you are there. It’s important to preserve life and to preserve this precious resource as well.