Happy August. If you haven’t been for a dip in the South Yuba River, it’s time to motivate. At the Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground I am constantly getting asked, “Is there any water? Can we go swimming?” The answer is yes. The other question is “What’s your favorite swimming hole?” I don’t have a favorite and explain to visitors and guests that we recommend a choose your own adventure, you pick the access point (Bridgeport, 49 Crossing, Purdons Crossing, Edwards Crossing, Washington) and then figure out where to go from there. Not all river spots are easy access, so please see my blog post about Lemke’s Lagoon. Regardless if you’re going to Mountain Dog Swimming Hole, 49 Crossing, Bridgeport, Washington, there’s no bad place to go.
The Outside Inn always encourages visitors to our beautiful California State Park to treat the river with respect pack out all garbage and if you want to give back, check out the SYRCL River Ambassador program and the annual South Yuba River Clean Up program. “It is inspiring to see what a committed community can achieve when we pool our resources, time and love for our natural environment. Each year our rivers become safer and healthier as harmful garbage like car batteries, dumped appliances and shards of glass are removed. Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who make this possible!” said Jenn Tamo, SYRCL’s River People Manager. The Cleanup spans more than 80 miles of creek and river shoreline and since 1998, 8,073 volunteers have removed 179,208 pounds of trash and recycling. Save the date for Saturday, September 17th if you want to participate.