2020-2021_Nevada County Gold

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An in depth introduction to Historic Nevada County, California including Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Truckee and Sierra County.

RECREATION

Paddle, Float & Splash

Take the Waters

There is something about the free flowing

waters of the South Yuba River which

produce a therapeutic calm. Reap the

benefits by spending a day paddling,

diving or floating. Or just take off your

sandals, lay down a towel and soak up

the sun on a massive granite “sunning”

boulder. You will be rejuvenated in both

mind and spirit.

At Edwards Crossing you will find some

of the best and most private swimming

the Yuba has to offer, also famous for its

spring and summer ladybug explosion!

Bridgeport, under the famous covered

bridge, is best for those families with

younger children. You are likely to need

to be in a social mood most days at popular

Forty Niner Bridge. Hoyt’s Crossing

is a thirty-minute walk upstream from

Forty-Niner, with plenty of good holes

along the way, although they often

require tough climbs. The Purdon

Crossing stretch of the river has the easiest

trail and offers a mix of slow and swift

river, crystalline pools, beautifully sculpted

granite and inviting beaches. The dirt

road leading to Jones Bar requires 4

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wheel drive but the resultant privacy

makes the journey worthwhile.

Swimming in the rivers isn’t the

only way to enjoy our clean, cool

waters. One of Nevada County’s

coolest rides is tubing down the

Truckee River. While mostly pretty

tame, there are a few bumps and

swirls to get your heart racing. Rent a

kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard

and glide around Scotts Flat Lake

(located in a gorgeous setting at 3,000

feet) or Rollins Lake (twenty-six miles plus

of shoreline), both close to Grass

Valley/Nevada City.

Lakes Less Paddled

Escape the stresses of the days with a trip

to a pristine mountain lake within an hour

or two of Nevada City/Truckee. Following

are but a few that beckon for recreational

calm-water kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding

or just floating serenely on a

fine tube. Blue Lake is a wonderful swim

lake featuring drive-up camping, hiking,

petroglyphs and scenic views. Bowman

Lake lies in a scenic, rugged, rocky basin

and is primarily used

by fishermen and

paddlers.

No outside watercraft

are allowed

on Independence

Lake but float

tubes, kayaks and

small motor boats

are available free for

use on the lake from June

through October (on a first-come, firstserved

basis). Please check The Nature

Conservancy website for availability.

nature.org/en-us

Island Lake is a very photogenic lake and

a favorite swimming hole. A short hike

from Carr Lake trailhead brings you to

this small, peaceful lake where you can

spend a lazy summer afternoon. Lake

Spaulding, originally created in 1912 for

use in hydraulic mining, is ideal for all

kinds of unique paddling experiences.

Nearby Spaulding Lake Trail offers a scenic

hike to a waterfall. Webber Lake is

perfect for paddlers, birders or trout fishing.

Pristine Webber Falls just downstream

is an added bonus.

Lazing

on the

Yuba

STEVE PERDUE

GEORGE LAMSON

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