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Sierra Valley Birds and Boats

Festival Event
Canoeing/kayaking on the Sierra Valley wetlands in early June. – Shannon Morrow

ADA Accessibility Notes

Participants could be driven to the launching spot.

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All ages

The Feather River Land Trust (FRLT) is hosting a boating event in the Sierra Valley wetlands which is about the most beautiful place in the world in May and June.

Sierra Valley is a birder's paradise. A key stopover on the Pacific Flyway, Sierra Valley's wetlands support the Sierra Nevada's greatest concentration and diversity of waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and other birds. Over 230 bird species frequent this valley. The National Audubon Society has designated Sierra Valley as a Nationally-Important Bird Area.

Join us as we explore marshlands and channels in the Sierra Valley wetlands by canoe or kayak from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Directions: To get to the boat launching and lunch spot take Hwy 70, turn off of Hwy 70 onto County Rd. A23 and go about 3/4 miles. Turn left across from the Blasted Rock Quarry sign. You'll see others cars parked along that dirt road so park there and walk in about 1/8 mile.

At 120,000 acres, Sierra Valley is the size of Lake Tahoe and is considered one of California's natural wonders. In fact, the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Feather, a Wild and Scenic River, are formed here which is one of the most important water resources in the State of California.

Sierra Valley's wetlands and meadows are considered a top global conservation priority. The Valley's floor is all privately owned with working cattle ranches at the center of the area's economy. However, as it is located just 30 minutes from Reno and the Tahoe area, Sierra Valley is increasingly threatened by development.

The Feather River Land Trust is dedicated to protecting this critical landscape, and to working with local landowners to maintain sustainable ranching and farming as a viable part of the northern Sierra's diverse economy and natural and historic heritage. FRLT and our partners have already protected over 30,000 acres in Sierra Valley, protecting some of the most important wetlands and ranch-land in the Sierra Nevada. With the Northern Sierra Partnership and long-term partners California Rangeland Trust and Pacific Forest Trust, we are ready to conserve 20,000 more acres.

The Feather River Land Trust is a private, non-profit organization founded in 2000 by residents of the Feather River region. Our mission is to conserve the most strategically important lands in the Feather River region, and to steward their ecological and cultural values for current and future generations.

Pet Friendly Notes

No pets because of nesting birds.


Admission Fee (if any)

The event is $20 which includes lunch.