Auburn State Recreation Area

August 30, 2019: Potential Cyanobacteria and Harmful Algal Blooms in Auburn and Folsom Lake State Recreation Areas

California State Parks has recently become aware of suspected incidents of harmful algal blooms (HABs) within both the Auburn and Folsom Lake State Recreation Areas. As California confronts the realities of climate change, HABs have become increasingly common in rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and they can be especially dangerous to children and pets. State Parks is encouraging recreational users of all bodies of fresh water in Auburn and Folsom Lake State Recreation Areas to be aware of the potential for cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms (HABs).

In recent weeks, two separate incidents of possible cyanobacteria poisoning in dogs have been reported at Moony Ridge (Folsom State Recreation Area) and Oregon Bar (Auburn State Recreation Area). The incident at Oregon Bar resulted in the death of the dog, although the actual cause of death has not been confirmed. Sampling by Water Resources Control Board staff on August 23, confirmed the presence of cyanobacterial mats growing on rocks in a side channel of the American River at Oregon Bar. Caution signs have been posted in these areas and additional signage has been posted throughout the parks to increase public awareness of the potential risks. Algal blooms can form and die off fairly rapidly and it is difficult to continuously test and monitor the many lakes and miles of our local rivers.

To learn more, view our entire press release here: https://www.parks.ca.gov/NewsRelease/907 

Auburn State Recreation Area Fire Restrictions
Due to dry conditions, remote terrain and increased fire danger, Auburn State Recreation Area will implement fire restrictions effective July 1, 2019 for the entire Auburn State Recreation Area. All fires including those in provided campfire rings and “Tiki Torches” will be prohibited. Additionally, portable cooking devices fueled by wood, gas, charcoal, pressurized liquid fuel or jellied petroleum are also prohibited in all day use areas of the State Recreation Area. Portable cooking devices and lanterns fueled by gas, petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel will be permitted in designated campsites. For additional information about these restrictions, please contact the Auburn Sector Office.

Robie Point Area Trail Advisory
Maintenance of the Auburn Shaded Fuel Break will be taking place for the next several months in the area of Robie Point. The Robie Point Firebreak/Western State Trail and Riverview Trails will remain open to public use during the project. There may be occasions when closing the trail is necessary for public safety and the efficiency of the project. Please use caution when hiking in the area and adhere to trail closures when in place.

Phone Number

(530) 885-4527

Park Hours

Auburn Sector Office hours 8am to 4pm M-F excluding holidays

Day Use - Sunrise to sunset, year round

*$10 Day Use Fee (per vehicle) is required in most areas.


Driving Directions to Auburn SRA

The park (which is 20 miles long on two forks of the American River) is situated south of Interstate 80, stretching from Auburn to Colfax. The main access is from Auburn, either on Highway 49 or the Auburn-Foresthill Road.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

BOATING
Boating
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Family Campsites
Primitive Camping
Boat-in/Floating Camps
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Off-Highway Vehicles
Beach Area
Swimming
Vista Point
Family Programs
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms

Seasonal Access

Upper Lake Clementine-  Open daily through September 30th and October 5th, 6th, 12th, and 13th. Closed for the season starting October 14th.
Lower Lake Clementine Boat-In Campground- Open daily.  Closing for the season beginning October 1st.
Ruck-A-Chucky Campground/Driver's Flat Road- Open daily.  Closing for the season October 15th.
The back half of Mineral Bar Campground- Open for the season
China Bar- Open Fridays through Mondays - 8am to sunset year round and the 4th of July
Cherokee Bar/ Sliger Mine Rd.- Closing for the season October 15th.

Birdsall Road and Boat Launch Closed Indefinitely

Due to a landslide on portions of Birdsall Road and boat launch area, the area has been closed to all public entry. The closed area is approximately .58 mile east of the beginning of Birdsall Road to the North Fork of the American River and includes vessel launching and take out. The next available river take out is approximately 1.25 miles downstream at Oregon Bar. 

Location

The park (which is 20 miles long on two forks of the American River) is situated south of Interstate 80, stretching from Auburn to Colfax. The main access is from Auburn, either on Highway 49 or Foresthill Road.

In the heart of the gold country, the Auburn State Recreation Area (Auburn SRA) covers 40-miles of the North and Middle Forks of the American river. Once teeming with thousands of gold miners, the area is now a natural area offering a wide variety of recreation opportunities to over 900,000 visitors a year.

Major recreational uses include hiking, river access, boating, fishing, camping, mountain biking, gold panning, limited hunting, equestrian/horseback riding trails and off-highway motorcycle riding. Whitewater recreation is also very popular on both forks of the river, with Class II, III, IV, and V runs. Over 30 -private outfitters are licensed to offer whitewater trips in Auburn SRA.

Auburn SRA is made up of mainly federal lands. California State Parks administers the area under a Managing Partnership Agreement with the US Bureau of Reclamation.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing

Summer temperatures here average from high~80s to mid~90s, and winters are wet, with highs in the mid~50s and lows in 30s and low~40s. Dress in layers, and bring rain gear between October and April.

Natural Resources

Auburn State Recreation Area has richly varied natural habitats.
Riparian habitat- White alders, willows, Fremont cottonwoods and creek dogwoods line the rivers and stream banks.
Chaparral and foothill woodland- South facing upper canyon walls support chaparral-small, drought resistant trees and shrubs. Poison oak grows in the foothill woodlands community, as well buckeyes, interior live oaks, blue oaks, manzanita, deer brush and toyon.
Mixed conifer- Ponderosa pines, Douglas-fir, California black oaks and madrone cover the north facing upper canyon walls.
All habitats bloom in spring with acres of wildflowers such as monkey flowers, fiddleneck, Indian paintbrush, larkspur, lupine and brodiaea.
Park Wildlife- Black tailed deer and rabbits can be seen during the daylight hours, while raccoons, opossums, gray foxes and coyotes rule the night. Black bears, rattlesnakes, mountain lions and bobcats live in the park. The riparian habitat host California quail and canyon wrens. Red tailed hawks and bald eagles soar overhead, seeking their next meal.

Gold Panning Regulations

The Auburn SRA allows gold panning using the “hands and pans” method. Please abide by the following regulations when collecting minerals:

Panning for gold is considered to be “rockhounding” as the term is applied in the Department. The goldpan is the only exception permitted to the exclusion of tools from rockhounding in a unit (T-14 CCR 4611 (i))

Rockhounding is the recreational gathering of stones and minerals found occurring naturally on the undisturbed surface of the land, including panning for gold in the natural water-washed gravel beds of streams (T-14 CCR 4301(v)).

Tools and equipment may not be used in rockhounding, except gold pans. Rocks or minerals gathered may not be sold or used commercially for the production of profit. One person may gather no more than 15 pounds of mineral material per day. Historic and prehistoric or archeological specimens may not be gathered. In state recreation areas rockhounding is limited to beaches which lie within the jurisdiction of the Department and within the wave action zone on lakes, bays, reservoirs, or on the ocean, and to the beaches or gravel bars which are subject to annual flooding on streams. Rockhounding is limited to within the wave action zones of lakes and streams. Muddy water from panning must not be visible more than 20 feet from the panning operation (T-14 CCR 4307, 4308, & 4611).

If you have any questions, please call the Auburn SRA office for more information.

Please Remember

Carry a trail map, and be aware of the park's steep canyons and extreme heat during the summer.

All natural and cultural features of the park are protected by law and must not be removed or disturbed.

Do not hike alone. Wear long pants and be alert for ticks.

Watch out for mountain lions, rattlesnakes, and black bears.

Poison oak grows throughout the park.

Pets must be under control and on a leash no longer than six feet. They must be enclosed in a tent or vehicle at night.

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Volunteer Trail Work Days

 

Auburn State Recreation Area

 FALL 2019 / WINTER 2020

 

 Meeting Time: 9am Sector Office,

501 El Dorado St. unless noted otherwise

UPDATED: 09/26/2019

COORDINATOR: JOSHUA VERSEMAN

 

joshua.verseman@parks.ca.gov

 -Dates and work sites subject to change at any time according to weather conditions-

Interested in volunteering? Send an email to ASRA.Trails@parks.ca.gov and sign up!

WORK DATE

DESCRIPTION OF WORK

TRAIL SEGEMENT

 

COMMENTS

OCTOBER

 

 

 

 

5th

 

 

12th

 

 

 

 

19th

Tread work / Brushing

EASTSIDE

 

 

26th

Barbed wire removal

OLMSTEAD

 

 

NOVEMBER

 

 

 

 

2nd

Brushing

WENDELL T ROBIE

 

 

9th

Tread work / Brushing

CONFLUENCE

 

 

16th

Tread work / Brushing

CULVERT

 

 

23rd

 

 

 

 

30th

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER

 

 

 

 

7th

Tread work / Brushing

WESTERN STATES

 

(Foresthill–Drivers Flat)

14th

Tread work / Brushing

SQUAW FLAT

 

 

21st

Tread work / Brushing

STONEWALL

 

 

28th

 

 

 

 

 JANUARY

 

 

 4th

Brushing

CODFISH FALLS

 

 

 11th

Brushing

MOSSY ROCK

 

 

 18th

 

 

 

 

 25th

 

 

 FEBRUARY

 

 

 2nd

Brushing

WENDELL T ROBIE

 

 

9th

Brushing

MANZANITA

 

 

16th

 

 

 

 

23rd

 

 

 

 

 MARCH

 

 

1st

Brushing

WENDELL T ROBIE

 

 

8th

 

 

 

 

15th

Tread work touch-up

CULVERT

 

 

22nd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APRIL

 

 

 

 

5th

 

 

 

 

12th

 

 

 

 

19th

 Tread work touch-up

 CONFLUENCE

 

 

26th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 -Dates and work sites subject to change at any time according to weather conditions-