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Summer Fun at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

posted Jun 1, 2021, 4:28 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Did you ever wonder about how and why the devastating consequences of hydraulic mining led to the famed Sawyer Decision, California’s first environmental law? Have you ever wished you could step back in time and take a leisurely stroll through a real gold rush era town? Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park provides not only a glimpse, but an experience of Sierra Nevada Foothill history.

When you visit Malakoff, plan to make a day of it. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of many shady picnicking spots in the historic town of North Bloomfield, at Blair Lake, or elsewhere in this beautiful 3500 acre park. As well as a charming spot for a picnic or barbeque, Blair Lake is stocked with trout and bass, so don’t forget your fishing pole. In addition to hiking on over twenty miles of well maintained trails, gold panning and a scavenger hunt are also available to park-goers.

MDSHP’s clean, well equipped campgrounds opened on May 21, and cabins may become available later this summer. The park’s visitor center is open daily, 10 am-6 pm. To learn more about Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, or to reserve a camping space, call 265.2740. We hope you will take advantage of this marvelous educational/recreational jewel right here in our own back yard.