Spectacular scenery and historic tales will highlight a free Trinity River float trip offered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Saturday, June 12, in observance of the 10th anniversary of the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS).
Participants can reserve spaces on BLM rafts or bring their own watercraft suitable for the river. Reservations can be made by calling the BLM Redding Field Office, (530) 224-2100 by Wednesday, June 9. Space is limited on BLM rafts, so early reservations are encouraged. The float is on calm water and is suitable for families.
The trip on the Wild and Scenic reach of the river will begin at 10 a.m. the Rush Creek River Access and end about five hours later at Steel Bridge. Boats will stop several times along the way for presentations on Trinity River history. BLM Archaeologist Dr. Eric Ritter and Trinity River Restoration Program Engineer Andreaus Krause will present information and answer questions.
The BLM will provide shuttle service from Steel Bridge back to the Rush Creek launch site. Participants should bring lunches, water, hats, sunscreen and personal flotation devices.
To get to the launch site, take Highway 299 to the junction of Trinity Dam Blvd near Lewiston. Turn north on Trinity Dam Blvd. and continue for about six miles to Rush Creek Road, and then follow Rush Creek Road west for two miles to the river access boat launch.
“The Wild and Scenic Trinity River is a special part of our public lands in the north state,” said Steve Anderson, manager of the BLM Redding Field Office. “It has special recognition as part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System, established in 2000 to conserve, protect and restore exceptional public land sites.”
BLM offices across the west are holding special celebrations this year to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the NLCS.