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Access Improvements - Wild & Scenic Tuolumne River (CA)

Posted: 12/04/2019

A new put-in launch has been completed for the world class whitewater of Cherry Creek (Holm Powerhouse) on the Wild & Scenic Tuolumne River. Funded by contributions from the U.S. Forest Service and private donations, Stanislaus National Forest River Ranger Bob Stanley spearheaded the design and construction of a slide/stairway to the river's edge. The work was completed this Fall and the new put-in is ready for use. Special thanks go out to Darrell London, Adam Walker, and Ranger David Michaels who did the heavy lifting and to Jim Junette for his support of the project. Largely due to the efforts of the USFS, paddlers now have improved access at Cherry Creek and Meral's Pool on the Tuolumne River. 

Meanwhile, downstream access at Ward's Ferry Bridge has also been addressed by the Bureau of Land Management. Utilizing input from key stakeholders BLM reached a settlement agreement with Modesto & Turlock Irrigations Districts in 2018. This settlement agreement will eventually bring over 11 million in improvements and long-term maintenance at Ward's Ferry Bridge when a new hydropower license is issued for the Districts' Don Pedro Project. 

Overall, paddlers will reap the benefits of access improvements to the iconic Wild & Scenic Tuolumne River!

Theresa Simsiman
Sacramento, CA

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