Fantastic Storms

Toto, were not in Kansas anymore!  If you live in the Coloma Valley or visited this past week you were treated to several beautiful lightening shows.


Torrential rains, hail, thunder and lightening have graced the Coloma Valley over the past couple weeks bringing to life the saying that April Showers bring May flowers.  After many drought years the rain is a welcome visitor.  The South Fork American River, the lifeblood of the Coloma Valley and it’s commerce, is reaping the benefits of this gift of water.  Come and enjoy!

Double Rainbows

Multiple double rainbows graced the Coloma Valley over this past weekend.  Double rainbows are not only beautiful but also have significant meaning.

double rainbow

A double rainbow is considered a symbol of transformation and is a sign of good fortune in eastern cultures. The first arc represents the material world, and the second arc signifies the spiritual realm. A double rainbow forms due to an optical illusion when sunlight enters a raindrop and creates two internal reflections before the rays exit the droplet.

According to, in a single rainbow, sunlight spreads into a spectrum of colors from red to violet. But in a double rainbow, the colors are inverted, with red appearing on the inside and violet on the outside. According to Chinese mythology, red represents the feet, and violet symbolizes the head. Therefore, a single rainbow signifies a human descending from heaven to earth. A double rainbow, due to its reversal of colors, represents the movement from earth to heaven and is considered to be a sign of future success. Rainbows are used symbolically in mythology, religion and the arts. It is said that the Irish leprechaun hid his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and in Genesis 9, a rainbow is part of Noah’s story in which God promises never to create another destructive global flood. Rainbow flags have been used to symbolize hope and social change and are a symbol of gay pride.

Despite differences in opinion as to what the double rainbow means, we can all say that is truly a remarkable experience to view such splendor.

Kick-Off to a Great 2016 Whitewater Season

An early Easter in 2016 marked an early kick-off to a great 2016 whitewater season.  Coloma Valley has a lot going on during the off-season with restaurants, wineries and fun Marshall Gold Discovery Historic State Park celebrations but the first weekend in April historically kicks off the whitewater season with a large gathering benefiting American Whitewater at California Canoe and Kayak in beautiful downtown Lotus.  This years event proved to be a success coupled with gorgeous weather!American Whitewater

Local residents begin to see a noticeable increase in traffic and on the streets and on the river this time of year.  With this increased traffic brings increased activities provided by local businesses for your enjoyment.  To keep up with all the wonderful activities for ages 1 to 100 follow this blog which posts weekly beginning in April through the beginning of October.  See you around town!

Rain, Rain, Rain….


This continuous week of rain is an unexpected present to those who like to be on the river, rain or shine.  Enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with friends and family and then head to river on Saturday for whitewater fun.  Forecasts are calling for rain all week and a nice weekend to follow.  Whether you are an adventure junkie or just love nature, the South Fork American river in the winter, as pictured above, is dramatic and beautiful.  A hike at the family friendly one mile loop Dave Moore Nature Area is lush and beautiful after rain with amazing mushrooms to observe around every corner.

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

whitewater kayak rodeo - American River FestivalSeptember’s heat wave has us all heading straight to the river!  At least the rivers that have water, the South Fork American River has guaranteed flows Saturday and Sundays after Labor Day and Saturdays beginning in October.  Gather your river gear or call your favorite outfitter and get on the water. After you are off the river stop by your favorite eatery or winery for delicious food and drink.  There are several activities in and on the river in September.  Saturday September 12th and 13th join Friends of the River for the annual Gear Swap at Henningsen-Lotus Park.  Saturday September 19th partner with the American River Conservancy for the Great Sierra River Clean up.  September 19th and 20th enjoy the Annual  American River Music Festival.

Weekend Flows for Middle Fork in 2015

The Placer County Water Agency (PWCA) plans to release boatable flows from Oxbow Reservoir at least on Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. There will likely be some weekday releases as well, but further details won’t be available at least until May.

Between now and May 23 (Saturday of Memorial Day weekend), we are looking at maintenance flows only, which are currently 200 cfs.

Thanks to Nate Rangel, head of rafting outfitter Adventure Connection, for providing this information. It came from a meeting that PCWA held this week with Nate and two other outfitters, plus a representative from California State Parks.

Friends of the River Gear Swap

FOR gear swapGot extra gear? Need some gear? Ready for a change? Just want to socialize with a bunch of paddlers? Come to FOR’s annual gear swap! This year it’s September 6 & 7, 2014, at Henningsen-Lotus Park in Lotus, California. They already have an assortment of used kayaks, rafts, and boat frames with too many lifejackets and paddles to count and more!

Help keep the tradition alive by signing up to bring gear or volunteer. If you would like more information or want to get involved, please email the Gear Swap Coordinator, Greg “Big Bird” Gilmore at: You’ll find more information about the gear swap on the Friends of the River website.

Ride the Coloma Shuttle!

Most of you have probably already used this valuable resource rolling through town, but those of you who haven’t, you should get familiar with the Coloma Shuttle! Here are the route schedules:

2. Chili Bar @ 8:00


8:00 am – River Park Village pick-up
8:15 am – Henningsen-Lotus Park pick-up
8:25 am – Camp Lotus
8:35 am – MGDSP

9:00 am – Drop off at Chili Bar

3. Chili Bar @ 9:00am


9:00 am – River Park Village pick-up
9:15 am – Henningsen-Lotus Park pick-up
9:25 am – Marshall Gold Discovery Park
10:00 am – Chili Bar drop-off

4. Chili Bar @ 10:00


10:00 am – River Park Village pick-up
10:15 am – Henningsen-Lotus Park pick-up
10:25 am – MGDSP
11:00 am – Chili Bar drop-off

5. Gorge @ Noon (Skunk Hollow)


12:00 pm – Skunk Hollow pick-up
12:20 pm – Greenwood Creek drop-off or pick-up
12:30 pm – River Park Village & Henningsen-Lotus Park

10. Gorge @ 5:00pm (Skunk Hollow)


5:00 pm – Skunk Hollow pick-up
5:20 pm – Greenwood Creek drop-off or pick-up
5:30 pm – River Park Village & Henningsen-Lotus Park

11. Gorge @ 6:30pm (Skunk Hollow)


6:30 pm – Skunk Hollow pick-up
6:40 pm – Greenwood Creek drop-off or pick-up
7:00 pm – River Park Village & Henningsen-Lotus Park

Here is what is open as of 8/12/14 @ 2:40pm

Please remember on Mondays & Thursdays we need a minimum of 6 riders per run to operate the shuttle.  And for Fridays a minimum of 4 riders per run.

Thursday, August 14th
5:00 Gorge Run SOLD OUT
If you are looking for a different ride – we need a minimum of 6 riders per run – please contact the office at 530-303-2404
Friday, August 15th
No runs scheduled as of yet
If you are looking for a different ride – we need a minimum of 4 riders per run – please contact the office at 530-303-2404
Saturday, August 16th
10:00 CB 5 seats open
NOON Gorge 14  seats open
5:00 Gorge  14  seats open
Sunday, August 17th
8:00 CB 13  seats open
10:00 CB 14  seats open
NOON Gorge 8  seats open
5:00 Gorge  SOLD OUT
Monday, August 18th
No runs scheduled as of yet
If you are looking for a different ride – we need a minimum of 6 riders per run – please contact the office at 530-303-2404
Thursday, August 21st
No runs scheduled as of yet
If you are looking for a different ride – we need a minimum of 6 riders per run – please contact the office at 530-303-2404
Friday, August 22nd
No runs scheduled as of yet
If you are looking for a different ride – we need a minimum of 4 riders per run – please contact the office at 530-303-2404
Saturday, August 23rd
8:00 CB 7 seats open
10:00 CB 14 seats open
NOON Gorge 14  seats open
5:00 Gorge  14  seats open
Sunday, August 24th
8:00 CB 13  seats open
10:00 CB 14  seats open
NOON Gorge 14  seats open
5:00 Gorge  14 seats open
Check out the Coloma Shuttle website at:, call (530) 303-2404 or email Liz Carr at:

River Clean Up Days!

Do you love recreating on the South Fork American River??? Well then, help keep it clean!!!  The El Dorado County River Patrol has two upcoming river clean up days scheduled.

Thursday August 14th beginning at 9:30AM. Meet at Mother Lode River Center to help clean up the lower Gorge section of the river.

Wednesday August 20th at 8:30AM. Meet at Henningsen Lotus Park to help clean up the low water between the popular Coloma to Greenwood Creek (C toG) section of the river.

Please contact Noah R. Triplett if you are interested in helping:  (530) 621-6052 

Thank you!

Spring Hootenanny April 4 in Coloma Benefits Junior Guides

Spring Hootenanny 2014Don’t miss the Spring Hootenanny in Coloma this Friday, April 4! Enjoy folk music, dancing and great eats and drinks. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Coloma Junior Guides Raft Camp Program.

Performers Arann Harris and the Farm Band have a special magic in getting kids to dance and participate. The first set of Live Music will be geared towards the younger folks. And not to worry; Arann Harris may be fun for the kids but he rocks it for the big kids also. He has a strong following in San Francisco and all around the northern part of the Bay Area. He has opened for some big name bands like Greensky Blue Grass and played venues like the Fillmore. The second set of the evening will be aimed at the adults who want to dance in the new season.

Dancing is thirsty work. You can enjoy craft beers on tap, and Maria’s Taco truck will have Mexican food to keep you fueled up for the dancing and hanging out with your community.

The party begins at 4:30 and goes until 10 PM. There will be two sets of music, the first of which will start at 4:30. The second set will be around 6:30 until 10PM. The event is held at the Gold Trail Grange #452 located in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.

Coloma Junior GuidesAdvanced tickets are $15.00 for adults and 12.00 for kids (under 18) with a $1.85 service fee. They can be purchased on the Coloma Junior Guides website.

Advanced ticket sales end Monday March 31 at midnight. Tickets will be available at the door unless we sell out ahead of time so order soon.

The Junior Guides Raft Camps are a non-profit 510(c)(3) status pending. They provide whitewater fun and safety learning for kids age 7-13 on the South Fork American River. This Hootenanny will raise money for their scholarship fund, to help kids that could not otherwise attend the camps. You can learn more about this organization and the Coloma Junior Guides at their website

BIG thanks to Spencer Rubin for providing this information and organizing such a great event!