Mokelumne raft trips coming up Memorial Day weekend

O.A.R.S. of Angels Camp will be running benefit raft trips on the Mokelumne on Memorial Day weekend. Saturday’s trips will benefit the Foothill Conservancy’s Mokelumne River conservation work. Sunday’s trips will benefit the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program. There will be three trips each day and the cost is $70 per person. Both days require advance reservations.

Help us fill up all six trips for these worthy causes — and you get to have fun in the process on our own special local river, the Moke!

For Foothill Conservancy trip details, see the media release below.

For Youth Mentoring Program trip info, contact

Kathryn Eustis
(209) 736-6092
KEustis

*Foothill Conservancy News Release
May 3, 2012
For more information or reservations, contact Randy Berg at 209-295-4900 or randy

Celebrate the Mokelumne on a special raft trip on Saturday, May 26*

On Saturday, May 26, river-lovers can celebrate the latest win for the Mokelumne River by taking a special raft trip with O.A.R.S. of Angels Camp. Three trips that day on the Mokelumne’s six-mile Electra-Middle Bar run will benefit the Foothill Conservancy’s continuing work to protect and restore the river.

This is a wonderful opportunity to float the Mokelumne and experience its beauty from river level with knowledgeable guides and professional equipment. Rafters will see the section of river recently granted a reprieve from East Bay MUD’s proposed expansion of Pardee Reservoir, which the utility officially dropped from its long-range water plans on April 24.

The trip is a fun journey through Class II-III whitewater suitable for families and seniors. No prior rafting experience is required. Participants will enjoy the scenery as well as fun, splashy rapids: the Chute, S-Turn, and Devil’s Toilet Bowl. West of the Highway 49 bridge, rafters may see ducks, geese, swallows and other wildllife along the river. The entire trip, including transportation to and from the site, usually takes less than four hours.

There are three trips a day — early morning, midday and afternoon. Cost is $70 per person and space is limited. Advance reservations are required. The trip is suitable for rafters from age 6 up. Rafters under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. If the river flows are too high, O.A.R.S. may need to restrict the trips to older youth and adults.

The raft trips will be guided and equipped by O.A.R.S. of Angels Camp, one of the finest whitewater rafting companies in the world. They have fun, knowledgeable guides and well-equipped and maintained rafts.

Foothill Conservancy of Pine Grove is the leading conservation group involved in the protection and restoration of the upper Mokelumne River. Most recently, it led the successful fight to stop a new, higher Pardee Dam and the resulting expansion of Pardee Reservoir. The Conservancy is seeking permanent protection of the Mokelumne through National Wild and Scenic River designation.

To reserve your spot, call Randy at Foothill Conservancy, 209-295-4900 or e-mail him at randy.

For more on O.A.R.S., see its website, www.oars.com. For more on Foothill Conservancy’s efforts to protect and restore the Mokelumne, and photos of the river, see its website, www.foothillconservancy.org.

For more information on the trips, contact Randy Berg weekday mornings at 209-295-4900 or e-mail randy.

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