Abalone hunters and other recreational divers forced to stand by idly for years as tiny purple urchins overran the ocean floor off the North Coast are scheduled to converge en masse over Memorial Day weekend to try their hand at resetting nature.
Every year, the National Park Foundation asks travelers to share photos that capture their experiences in national parks and public lands during a yearlong contest. And every year these winning images inspire us to jump in the car and go.
For Shasta Marina, where about nine out of every 10 customers come from out of the area, 2018 business could be better than last summer, when high water levels were a welcome change from the drought that made it tough on lake businesses, owner John Harkrader said.
Wet conditions that exacerbate the slipperiness of the smooth granite, polished thousands of years ago by glaciers and today by the shoe soles worn by thousands of hikers ascending and descending the cables each year, are a factor in many of Half Dome’s accidents and fatalities.
Oil spills would threaten beaches, marinas, historic and recreational sites in 10 federal park lands in California, including protected areas in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and Contra Costa counties, said the report by the National Parks Conservation Association and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
While the cause hasn’t been determined, a University of Oregon student’s death at Lake Shasta over the weekend should be a reminder for people who visit in the future to take their safety there seriously, Shasta Caverns General Manager Matt Doyle said. … Doyle said visitors to the lake need to remember to have “respect for the environment,” which includes bears, extreme heat, rattlesnakes and, of course, a huge body of water.
Despite a severe drought across the Southwestern United States this spring, there should be plenty of water for rafters and anglers in one of the nation’s most popular mountain rivers. Water from melting snow is rushing into the Arkansas River in central Colorado, thanks to a surprisingly wet winter in the towering peaks where the river begins, state and federal officials say.
When Dan Elias got married in 2005, he had one request of his bride for their honeymoon. “I said, ‘We are going to visit seven national park sites on four islands in Hawaii,’” he recently recalled, describing their romantic getaway.
California State Parks and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [May 22] announced the Thermalito Diversion Pool and trails along its northern shore at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area will be open to the public for Memorial Day weekend, from Friday through Monday, 8 a.m. to sunset. … Not only will the public be able to use the Diversion Pool and the Brad Freeman Trail, they will also get a safe and up-close view of ongoing construction at the Lake Oroville spillways.
The Rogue, which runs for about 215 miles from the High Cascades to the Pacific, was one of the original eight waterways designated for federal protection under the 1968 National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
Scientists were buzzing about a record 78-foot wave recorded about two weeks ago off New Zealand – and now surfers are anticipating that same Southern Hemisphere swell as it aims to hit California’s shoreline this week.
With late winter Sierra snows melting away below about 8,000 feet, it’s time to revisit our favorite part of these mountains, Highway 108 from Sonora up to Sonora Pass. This route takes in American Indian and Gold Rush history, stunning scenery, fishing and swimming opportunities and hiking and biking options galore.
The boat ramps at Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs are temporarily closed through June, and possibly later, due to a draw-down of water requested for use by Bureau of Reclamation for Klamath Project irrigators. … Reclamation will use the water to keep elevations up to standard at Upper Klamath Lake and to support water deliveries to Klamath Project irrigators to cover a shortfall until water deliveries to the Klamath Project take place in June.
The vacation season gets under way this week, and travelers will find a high chance for short-term thunderstorms all week across the mountain country, from Shasta to Tahoe to Yosemite to Whitney. These are not organized weather systems, such as the winter storms that arrive in sustained events.
A bright blue machine that resembles a cross between a bulldozer and side-wheel paddleboat is busy cleaning up a big mess Mother Nature left this year at Spring Lake. The 32-foot-long aquatic harvester operated by a Windsor company is traversing the lake, collecting more than a ton of a floating weed called Azolla in its 8-foot-wide steel mouth on each foray over the 72-acre recreational lake.
Californians this year will vote on not one but two water bond measures totaling $13 billion. Given that the state still hasn’t spent all of the $7.5 billion from the Proposition 1 water bond passed in 2014, it raises a crucial question: Does California really need another $13 billion in water bonds?
Tourists and the residents of Arizona mountain towns that rely on them won’t have access to parts of some national forests this summer as authorities attempt to prevent wildfires in the drought-parched state during a critically dangerous time.
Just inside the construction site, however, improved beach access, new room for vehicle parking, a pedestrian walkway and ocean-themed bench walls beckoned to visitors. Less visibly, sunk beneath the sand near the road’s edge, a new underground stabilization wall sat tied into the area’s into underlying bedrock, ready for the harshest projected winter storm lashings and sand shifting.
Waterfalls are a testament to each winter’s rain and snow. … About 33 percent of this winter’s total precipitation is locked in the snowpack and released as it melts, according to the Department of Water Resources.