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California Department of Boating and Waterways

Over the last several years, the California Department of Boating and Waterways, under the leadership of Project Manager Mike Ammon, has worked closely with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to improve river access for whitewater boating while promoting the safe use of California waterways.

The partnership for the California Boating Trails Program started in the Bakersfield Field Office in 1994 when the Department provided a grant for BLM to improve the launch facilities at Keyesville South on the Lower Kern River. The program expanded to include a new launch site at Slippery Rock in Keyesville, a portage improvement on U.S. Forest Service managed land at the Royal Flush Rapid, and access improvements at the Johnsondale Bridge. BLM’s Redding and Folsom field offices also worked with the Department to provide sanitary facilities, better parking, and improved river access as part of the program.

One of the larger cooperative projects involved the Delonegha Boat Access between Bakersfield and Lake Isabella. Ammon and the Department worked with BLM and other agencies to construct a new put-in/take-out at a location where boaters had been trying for 20 years to improve river access. A project on the Lower Kern River near Lake Isabella is scheduled for completion later this year.

The boat slide under construction on the Lower Kern River. The California Department of Boating and Waterways provided most of the funding for the project:
The boat slide under construction on the Lower Kern River. The California Department of Boating and Waterways provided most of the funding for the project

The Slippery Road and Delonegha projects have received national recognition through awards presented by the States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA). SOBA gives special recognition to excellence in providing safe and efficient boating access.

BLM Director Kathleen Clarke presents an award to Mike Ammon, at the "Day on the River" event at the Trinity River. BLM California Directory Mike Poole (right) and state recreation planner Mike Ayers look on:
BLM Director Kathleen Clarke presents an award to Mike Ammon, at the "Day on the River" event at the Trinity River. BLM California Directory Mike Poole (right) and state recreation planner Mike Ayers look on

Another part of the partnership is to provide detailed maps for California waterways, including the Merced River, the Kern River, the American River, and the Sacramento River, all involving BLM.

For more information about the California Department of Boating and Waterways Boating Trails Program, visit online at http://dbw.ca.gov/boatTrails.asp.

BLM California Recreation Planner Mike Ayers (left) presents Mike Ammon with an appreciation award at the grand opening of the Delonegha River Access.
BLM California Recreation Planner Mike Ayers (left) presents Mike Ammon with an appreciation award at the grand opening of the Delonegha River Access.

- February, 2006 -

News.bytes, issue 220