Description - The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2008. The Act, championed by Senator Frank Church, and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on October 2, 1968, protects the free-flowing waters of many of our nation's most spectacular rivers. The Act is notable for safeguarding the special character of these rivers, while also recognizing the potential for appropriate use and development. These living landscapes are uniquely managed to protect the public's enjoyment of these heritage resources for present and future generations. The managing agencies also try to accommodate and reflect community and landowner interests.
Copyright: California State Parks
The American River within Auburn SRA
- This section mainly describes California's designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. These rivers offer spectacular scenery, canyons, gorges, whitewater, outstanding fisheries, solitude, natural spaces and much more.
Recreation - Some of the rivers included here offer outstanding opportunities for kayaking and rafting. Others offer fishing for trout or salmon. Some of the rivers and streams simply offer opportunities for solitude, viewing scenery, viewing wildlife and experiencing nature.
Climate - Thanks to California's generally mild climate, many recreation areas are accessible year round. Summer temperatures range from 100+ in the desert and Sacramento and Central Valleys, to a cool and often foggy 50 in San Francisco. The mildest weather statewide occurs in fall. Rain begins in late autumn and continues through winter in most areas. Winter brings heavy snow at higher elevations, particularly in the Sierra Nevada and other mountain ranges. Desert areas remain warm and coastal areas often experience mild temperatures during winter months.
The rivers and creeks described here are located mainly in central and northern California. Maps are available on the individual pages describing each park and activity.