Swimming holes on the South Yuba River are a major attraction in Nevada City at this time of the year. A few weeks ago some guests from England stayed at the motel and had a copy Timothy Joyce’s book “Swimming Holes of Ca” and wanted better directions to Lemke’s Lagoon. I decided shortly after their visit to venture upstream from 49 Crossing to have a look for myself. My first bit of advice would be that while the book calls the hike “easy to moderate” that my description would be moderate to difficult and not appropriate for small children. The other important detail is that there are very few places to easily get in and out of the river, so be aware of your surroundings before you get into the river. Lots of people stop by the Outside Inn for directions to the South Yuba River State Park, we happily give them directions to the various bridge crossing, but often explain to folks that it’s a choose your own adventure in terms of where to go swimming. With every conversation we encourage both locals and visitors to pack it in and pack it out and if you’re interested in volunteering for the SYRCL River Ambassador program, click here for more information. And for all those folks out-of-town who keep asking if there’s any water left in the river, the answer is yes. For a list of other blog posts on places to swim, click here for our outdoor activities page. And while out hiking along the South Yuba River I took along a new Outside Inn/Inn Town Campground water bottle, post a comment on this blog post and I’ve got one to give away (and I’ll happily mail it if you’re not local).
And the winner of the tickets to Sierra Stages production of The Producers is Kamryn.