Wild & Scenic Tuolumne River Put-in Gets a Makeover (CA)

posted February 21, 2017
by Theresa Simsiman

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While negotiations with Turlock and Modesto Irrigation Districts are ongoing for improvements downstream at the Ward’s Ferry take-out for the Wild & Scenic Tuolumne River, efforts are being made now to improve the put-in for this iconic California river at Meral’s Pool.  Our colleagues at Tuolumne River Trust along with the Groveland USFS, local outfitters and local volunteers are working together to implement long overdue improvements.  During the last year, the Forest Service, and 28 volunteers removed hazardous trees and brush, cleared debris, and regraded the upstream launch ramp. Next month the work will continue. On March 20th through the 26th a local concrete company is volunteering its equipment and expertise to resurface the freshly graded gravel ramp with concrete. The ramp will facilitate launching boats directly into the water. A capability which will dramatically ease put-ins, and has never been available on the Tuolumne.

Volunteers and donations are needed to complete the project. A small coalition has raised $6,000 to date, but an additional $10,000 is needed to cover materials and delivery to the site. Additional helpers are also needed the week of the concrete pour.  To support these efforts please donate at www.tuolumne.org or www.facebook.com/MeralsPool/. If you are interested in volunteering please contact project coordinator Matt Henry mattwhenry@gmail.com or (760) 715-9920