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    Photo of the Week: San Joaquin River Juvenile Salmon Trap

    The Bureau of Reclamation’s San Joaquin River Restoration Program has built a temporary fish collection structure in the San Joaquin River to protect juvenile Chinook salmon from predators. Read More →

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    Raccoons and Opossums Released at New Melones Lake

    On Thursday morning, February 18, 2016, the coordinator of the Rose Wolf Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Center, Nina Huff Resnik, three Center volunteers, and New Melones Lake staff members Pat Sanders and Sandra Patania traveled to the Bean Gulch area of New Melones Lake in Tuolumne County.... Read More →

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    Folsom Dam Water Releases

    Folsom Dam with Gates open

    On March 7, 2016, the Bureau of Reclamation began releasing water from the spillway gates at the top of Folsom Dam, the first time the gates have been used in four years. California has been experiencing an “atmospheric river” since March 1, and storage in Folsom Reservoir has increased by 83,600 acre-feet: very positive news in a State hoping to recover from the drought. Read More →

  • Folsom Dam Joint Federal Project

    Youth Conservation Corps crews aged 16-19 from Northwest Youth Corps

    The construction of the Folsom Dam Auxiliary Spillway Project (Joint Federal Project [JFP]) continues. The JFP is a joint collaboration between Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve dam safety and flood protection in the Sacramento metropolitan area. Read More →

  • Nimbus Dam, Weir and Fish Hatchery

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    Nimbus Dam is located 7 miles downstream of Folsom Dam on the American River. The dam is a concrete gravity dam 1,093 feet long and 87 feet high. Eighteen radial gates, each 40 feet by 24 feet, control the flows. Read More →

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Recreation & Public Use

Reclamation Recreation Map Reclamation Land Use

The public may apply to use Reclamation land, facilities, and waterbodies, and may engage in the use only after proper authorization is received from Reclamation. Use authorizations are not required for permitted public recreational use of recreation areas and facilities open to the public. Read More →


Recreation & Public Use

Accessible Alt Text Reclamation Recreation Website

Reclamation projects have created a variety of recreation opportunities on the rivers downstream from the dams, including world class whitewater rafting and fishing opportunities. Read More →


Reclamation Recreation Map Recreation.gov

Recreation.gov helps you discover and book trips at Reclamation facilities and at all of America's public places. Read More →


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